Exuberant fans welcomed home members of the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants with a ticker-tape parade followed by a ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday.
The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII , which the Giants also won in another close game that came down to the Giants last possession.
With just over three minutes left to go Sunday night in Indianapolis, the Giants got the ball back deep in their own territory trailing by a score of 17-15. In what was arguably the play of the game, quarterback Eli Manning hooked up for a 38-yard gain with receiver Mario Manningham, who made a tremendous catch in double coverage and just got his feet down inbounds.
The play was the start of a final game-winning drive for the Giants, who took the lead for good when running back Ahmad Bradshaw found the end zone with just under a minute to play to give the Giants a 21-17 lead.
That still gave Tom Brady and the Patriots a chance to win, but a dropped pass by a wide-open Wes Welker that would have put the Patriots in a great position to score left them backed up in their own territory. A last-ditch hail mary pass was broken up by Giants defenders as time expired to seal the win.
Tuesday's parade kicked off at 11 a.m. and made its way through Lower Manhattan to City Hall Park, where a ceremony for select ticket holders and the media was held. Following that, the team headed to MetLife Stadium, where a much larger celebration was held for the public.