Giants Win 20-17 In OT, Advance To Super Bowl 46
Lawrence Tynes’ 31-yard field goal in overtime propelled the New York Giants to a 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
The kick was setup by a fumbled punt return by San Francisco’s Kyle William’s on his own 29-yard line.
Eli Manning threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Victor Cruz led the wide receiving core with 10 catches and 142 yards. Mario Manningham and Bear Pascoe each had touchdown grabs.
Manning is the first quarterback in playoff history to have five road wins.
For San Francisco, Alex Smith’s threw two touchdown passes to tight end Vernon Davis, who finished with three catches and 112 yards receiving. Smith was just 12 of 26 but had 196 yards and no turnovers.
The Giants will play the Patriots, a rematch of Super Bowl 42, on Sunday February 5th, in Indianapolis, IN. In that contest, New York ended New England’s undefeated season, and beat the Patriots 17-14.
Pats Top Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens were a field goal away from tying the game with just seconds to play, but kicker Billy Cundiff hooked a 32-yard attempt that likely would have forced overtime.
The New England Patriots escaped with a 23-20 victory and will appear in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in the past 11 seasons.
Tom Brady threw for 239-yards, no touchdowns and was intercepted twice but it was his 1-yard quarterback-sneak in the 4th quarter that proved to be the difference.
Ben-Jarvis Green Ellis scored the Pats’ first touchdown, a 7-yard run in the 2nd quarter. He finished with 68-yards on the ground on 15 carries.
Baltimore’s Joe Flacco played well in defeat, with 306 yards through the air, two touchdowns and one interception.