Super Bowl XLII, in five hours of snapshots:
3:36 p.m. — Eli Manning jogging up to Tom Brady with some friendly pregame words which are returned with — nothing. Five yards later, he gets a handshake from Patriots backup Matt Cassel. Not exactly the same.
4:05 p.m. — Across the Valley at the TPC Scottsdale, J.B. Holmes sinks a putt on the first playoff hole to beat Phil Mickelson for his second FBR Open title in three years. With just 26 minutes before kickoff in Glendale, the mad dash to limos and helicopters begins.
4:15 p.m. — All three Fox analysts (Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long) pick the Patriots to win. Comedian Frank Caliendo picks the Giants, and is panned for it.
4:19 p.m. — Glendale girl Jordin Sparks belts out a strong, if not memorable, rendition of the national anthem. Those who had the “over” on the 1-minute, 42-second betting line cheer her nearly 2-minute offering.
4:31 p.m. — Fox’s Joe Buck says “Finally, football,” as the Patriots kick off. Right there with you, Joe.
4:42 p.m. — The Giants hold the ball almost nine minutes. Manning converts three third-down passes and they get on the board with a field goal (3-0).
4:45 p.m. — Pepsi’s “Night at the Roxbury” spoof gets the commercials off to a decent start. But this turns out to be a down year in the imagination department.
4:59 p.m. — There were only two possessions in the first quarter. By contrast, the Colts and Bears had 10 first-quarter possessions in Super Bowl XLI. But the second quarter begins with a Patriots touchdown (7-3).
5:07 p.m. — Tide’s “Talking Stain” ad is good for a few chuckles — we’ve all been there.
5:13 p.m. — Manning throws his first interception to Ellis Hobbs. It’s his first pick since Week 17, against New England, when he was victimized by — you guessed it — Ellis Hobbs.
5:20 p.m. — Napoleon needs a GPS because he can’t see over the steering wheel? Um, OK.
5:24 p.m. — Scottsdale’s Jeff Feagles punts, becoming the oldest player (41) to play in a Super Bowl. The Giants’ last four plays: interception, sack, fumble and punt: Uh-oh.
5:28 p.m. — But the New York defense has come to play. Back-to-back sacks on Brady. Giant fans go nuts. Is this a crack in the armor?
5:35 p.m. — Has anyone seen Randy Moss?
5:42 p.m. — Justin Timberlake being sucked all over town in a Pepsi commercial? A few giggles.
5:50 p.m. — First catch for Moss as the Pats try to drive for points before the half.
5:51 p.m. — Nope. It’s 7-3 Pats at the half. Brady has been sacked three times and knocked down 10 times and the Giants couldn’t be happier.
6:12 p.m. — Nice job by Tom Petty during halftime. Four songs, no slip-ups or wardrobe malfunctions (unless you count the polka-dot scarf. Ugh).
6:25 p.m. — Will Ferrell plays a goofy basketball player in his next movie. Doesn’t remind me at all of when he played a goofy stock car racer or a goofy ice skater.
7 p.m. — Twenty of New England’s 42 plays have gone for zero or negative yards. The Giants are coming.
7:11 p.m. — New York leads for the first time. Manning hits three big passes including a touchdown pass to David Tyree — his first TD catch of the season. It’s the first touchdown allowed in 10 postseason quarters by New England. 10-7 Giants.
7:20 p.m. — The Patriots respond with championship flair. Brady to Kevin Faulk. To Moss. To Wes Welker. To Faulk.
7:40 p.m. — Brady to Moss for the touchdown. Patriots lead 14-10 with 2:42 left. The Giants have three timeouts, do they have anything left?
7:49 p.m. — Brandon Jacobs pushed ahead on fourth-and-1. Still breathing.
7:52 p.m. — Manning somehow twists away from the rush and finds Tyree, who makes an incredible one-handed catch against his helmet for 32 yards.
7:57 p.m. — Manning finds a wide-open Plaxico Burress when Hobbs bites hard on a fake. The Giants lead 17-14, with 35 seconds left. Brother Peyton Manning cheers his brother, and then quickly leaves the booth to negotiate commercial deals.
8:03 p.m. — The Giants win. Three seconds later, QVC and the Home Shopping Network have championship shirts, hats and sweatshirts available for sale.
8:07 p.m. — Burress, who was panned for his prediction on Tuesday, breaks down in a postgame interview after catching the winning score. All the millions spent on Madison Avenue trying to duplicate the same emotions don’t come close.
8:20 p.m. — Michael Strahan accepts the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but only after blasting Bradshaw and his Fox colleagues for giving his team no chance. They weren’t alone, Mike.
8:30 p.m. — Glendale prepares for ecstatic New Yorkers unleashed on the city. The two greatest upsets in the history of the sport belong to the same metropolis.