In this special edition of Coed Magazine’s NFL Upon Further Review for Super Bowl XLVI: Kelly Clarkson doesn’t screw up, Tom Brady does the safety dance, Victor Cruz brings the salsa, M.I.A gives the middle finger, Wes Welker’s bad timing, Mario Manningham makes a great catch, Ahmad Bradshaw falls back, a Patriots miracle comes up short and Flavor Flav gets a hug.
Kelly Clarkson’s National Anthem
Last year, singer Christina Aguilera had some issues with the singing of the National Anthem during Super Bowl XLV, so the NFL decided this year that they would go with a National Anthem singing veteran. Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was the gal for the job and she clocked in the anthem at one minute and thirty-five seconds….in case you had money on that.
Tom Brady Plays It Safe”ty”
The first points of Super Bowl XLVI came courtesy of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady but not the way he probably imagines it. After a New York Giants punt, the Patriots offense started their first drive deep in their own territory. On the first play of that drive, Brady threw an incomplete pass from the end zone which resulted in a safety being called since he didn’t leave the pocket and no New England receiver was near the pass:
Victor Cruz Can Dance
One of the more remarkable stories of this NFL season had to be New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz who went from an undrafted free agent to the toast of New York City. Cruz scored the first touchdown of Super Bowl XLVI as Eli found him for a three-yard reception that culminated in Cruz busting out his salsa touchdown dance:
MIA Gives A One Finger Salute
Overall, Madonna’s Super Bowl XLVI halftime show was a spectacle of lights, costumes, and special guest singers helping out the “material girl”. During Madonna’s performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin”, she brought out rappers Nicky Minaj and M.I.A to bring some flavor to her performance. As M.I.A. was finishing her verse, it appears that she decided to let the world know that she was #1.
Wes Welker’s Drop
In every NFL game, there are moments that you look back on and wonder “What if this went the other way?”. The New England Patriots were driving late in the 4th quarter and appeared ready to finish off New York. On a 2nd & 16, Brady threw a pass to a wide-open Wes Welker that he was unable to pull in and the drive stalled leading to a punt. If Welker makes the below catch, we might be talking about the Patriots being the greatest dynasty in modern NFL history:
Super Mario Strikes
In the last Super Bowl run for the New York Giants, the unsung hero was Giants wide receiver David Tyree who made an incredible catch to keep a Giants touchdown drive alive to ruin New England’s perfect season. This year for Giants fans that hero ended up being wide receiver Mario Manningham who pulled in this reception from Eli Manning as he caught it with two feet inbounds near the Patriots sideline as defenders Patrick Chung and Sterling Moore closed in:
Ahmad Bradshaw Falls In
The end of Super Bowl XLVI might have had one of the strangest moments in Super Bowl history. The Giants were down by two and appeared to want to run out the clock to set up for the game-winning field goal. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was told to go down on the one-yard line to help drain precious seconds off the clock and give kicker Laurence Tynes, a chance to win it. Instead of falling down at the one, Ahmad tried to go down but momentum carried him into the end zone:
Brady’s Prayer Not Answered
Since Bradshaw fell into the end zone, that gave the Patriots one last shot to win the game. As New England drove down the field, they gave Tom Brady one last chance at the end zone. Brady avoided the Giants pass rush and heaved the ball down toward the end zone but a New England miracle would not be in the cards as the ball was batted down out of the reach of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. As the final horn sounded, the Giants claimed their fourth Super Bowl championship and their second title in the last four years.
Flavor Flav Hugs Tom Coughlin
If you are looking for a lasting image from Super Bowl XLVI, it might be this clip from the NFL Network that shows Giants head coach Tom Coughlin receiving a hug from rapper/reality star Flavor Flav: