History Made!: Eli Manning Keeps It in the Family

paul masonCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2008

History has been made. The New England Patriots did not win the Super Bowl completing their perfect season. However, two brothers have won back to back Super Bowls.

Eli Manning the, 27-year-old younger brother of Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning, has led the New York Football Giants to win Super Bowl XLII.

I would estimate 70 percent of the hype surrounding the Super Bowl was aimed at the Patriots pursuit of perfection, and Brady's personal chase of history becoming only the third quarterback with four Super Bowl rings.

But History favored the heavy underdogs. The spread fluctuated conservatively between 12.5 and 13 points in the New England Patriots favor, and most analysts I watched before the game on both Fox Sports and ESPN picked Brady and his Patriots to cover the spread.

It was a dramatic game for all the expected reasons and even possibly in spite of the hype and media blitz that always seems to precede the game.

New England went into the second half with a 7-3 lead. The Giants would not roll over though, as their stellar defense gave Eli Manning the chance to lead his team down the field trailing 14-10 in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter and complete a touchdown pass to the simultaneously overexposed and underrated Plaxico Burress.

The Giants won the Game 17-14. Super Bowl XLII ended not only with the Manning brothers winning back to back Super Bowls, but with both quarterbacks being named Super Bowl MVP.

Now that is history I can celebrate.