Full Coverage: Giants win the Super Bowl

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February 1, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
It's been 17 years since New York City has thrown the Giants a victory parade. That will change Tuesday. The city's official celebration for the Super Bowl winning New York Giants is scheduled to take place Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Battery Park City. A parade will proceed north on Broadway through the Canyon of Heroes. It will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza.

Tune in to Eyewitness News Tuesday, as we bring you complete parade coverage.

As for the game, and the New England Patriot's dreams for a perfect season? Oh well, nobody's perfect. Except maybe Eli Manning this Super Bowl Sunday.

Masterful when the stakes were highest, Manning engineered one of the best drives in Super Bowl history to help the New York Giants squash the New England Patriots' run at history-making perfection with a 17-14 victory.

Manning led the Giants 83 yards in just over two minutes, then capped it with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left in the game.

The Giants won what could go down as one of the best Super Bowl games ever.

It was a scintillating closing chapter to a crazy week that seemed to have everything: the perfect team; the upstart underdogs; the cover boy quarterback; the kid brother in Manning.

The star was Manning, the scruffy younger brother of Peyton, who won his own Super Bowl last year. Peyton Manning sat in the corner of a skybox for this game, squirming and agonizing over every play.

The Giants win means New England finishes 18-1 and the 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only team to go undefeated from the start of the season through the Super Bowl.

Their coach, Don Shula, was on hand, ready to congratulate the Patriots had they finished 19-0. Instead, he figured to be sipping champagne, continuing a tradition the Dolphins have enjoyed every year when the last undefeated team finally gets its first loss.

They remain alone thanks to Manning, whose 13-yard game-winner came four plays after he somehow escaped a cadre of Patriots engulfing him, threw the ball up for grabs and watched receiver David Tyree somehow pin it between his hands and his helmet for the 32-yard reception.

That kept the drive going, and it will be Manning's mastery that everyone remembers - not the cooly efficient 80-yard touchdown drive that Brady had completed only moments earlier.


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