The difference between two NFL head coaches is very small. Two veteran coaches like Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin both do mountains of preparation for the Super Bowl. They both know exactly what their players are capable of and what it takes to win in January.
Though Coughlin and Belichick have very different reputations amongst fans and the media, the differences in their coaching and philosophy are mainly cosmetic. As evidenced by the post-game embrace, a deep bond respect exists between these two coaches as well. But even small differences, small advantages and small mistakes in coaching can have a huge effect on a game with stakes as high as this one.
The "plot" of Super Bowl XLVI only had a few big twists and turns, but also a lot of little ones, too. Here are the top five decisions that swung the outcome of the biggest game on the planet.