February 6th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Did Super Bowl XLVI live up to the hype?

New York Giants' Eli Manning showed that he is among the NFL's elite quarterbacks.
New York Giants' Eli Manning showed that he is among the NFL's elite quarterbacks.

It's called the Super Bowl, but there's no guarantee that American football's showcase event will be a super show. Fortunately, the game that crowned the 2012 NFL champion here in Indianapolis on Sunday did live up to its much-hyped moniker.

Even if you don't support either the New England Patriots or the New York Giants, it was easy to get caught up in the high drama that was Super Bowl XLVI.

From the strange start - which saw Tom Brady call for intentional grounding in the end zone and led to a rare Super Bowl safety - to the Patriots quarterback needing to aim for the same end zone as time expired in order to pull off a game-saving comeback that never materialized ... this Super Bowl had it all.

It had the Material Girl, Madonna, putting on a show that transported 68,000 fans in Lucas Oil Stadium and billions around the world back to the 1990s.

Speaking of shows, if Giants star Eli Manning wasn't considered an elite quarterback before, he is now. In August of last year, Manning was asked by a reporter if he considered himself among the NFL's elite signal-callers. When he unabashedly said that he believed he was in that same class, some eyebrows were raised.

Those same doubters were left to marvel at the talents of a young man who engineered his seventh four-quarter comeback of the season in the game that mattered most. Manning will never soak in the adulation as an individual, saying that he's all about the team, but his second Super Bowl MVP Award can do the talking for him.

The game ended up being the icing on a cake that was being crafted throughout the week in the Super Bowl city.

The people of Indianapolis should be proud of what their community pulled off. The 12th biggest city in the U.S. was living large during Super Bowl week and it deserved a handsome payoff.

Will the NFL decide to hold its championship game here again? That will be left up to the league's power brokers.

When it comes down to it, it's the people that make an event like this so special. Hoosier Hospitality, as it's called, is a way of life for the good folks who make this city their home. Indianapolis rolled out the welcome mat and we're better off for coming through the door!

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  1. Marichuy

    They found 2 Croats in different teams so they even make us interested in. Just hoping 2 other clubs in the final next year because we'll probably become more engage next year and can be great fight of rugby funs here because one Croat is from the North and other from South by origin...

    February 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  2. jose

    Giants SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  3. jose2

    you're an idiot

    February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  4. pini

    The New York Giants are a great football team, even when they don't play over the capabilities.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  5. Mark

    Billions around the world? Shenanigans

    February 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  6. joe rodriguez

    PLEASE ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ That is football?I Will love and remember the good all game that 22 men play hard and not that garbaje I see last night ,include half time.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  7. Jim Moore

    I quit watching after commercial number twenty-five and the game was still in the first quarter. Please, show a sporting event, not a circus.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  8. Jorge

    If the Patriots would of caught the ball on that last play they would of won and they were very close to catching it and if you remmeber the super bowl of Steelers vs Cardinals thats how the Steelers had won the game but the New York Giants had a better defense and defense is what wins the games

    February 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  9. senghor

    Billions around the world??Where are the statistics?it was a weekend with some premiership games showing around the same time,im pretty sure the number of people who tuned in to watch those games far way outnumbered those who tuned in for the super bowl

    February 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  10. Rasmus

    Very disappointed by NEs receivers during the final drive. Disappointed by NE defense during NYs last drive as well.

    Win deserved by NY, but no the game was not wellplayed imo. Didnt even bother to watch the halftime show this year. The highlight for me was the M&M commercial, dang thats good humor🙂

    February 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  11. bridgmjm

    I spend good time at work reading comments and I have to tell you these comments suck.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  12. Baldrick

    I live in Oz. I thought it was so boring. Give me Rugby League any day.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  13. greta Ruba

    I was watchng he game last night nad it down on me...Brady reminds me of van Deer Sloot...they have resemblance.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  14. Albert Ross

    The game came down to the final seconds of a hail mary play – and you think that that's garbage. You're an ass!!!!!

    One of the best Super Bowls in recent history. The Giants vs the Patriots REDUX and it was just as good as their first meeting.

    Long live football. Can't wait till September!!!!

    February 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  15. David Hanson

    We don't care what any of you morons think. It was a great game.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  16. lawdogg

    The fix is in....The NFL has become professional wrestling.....

    February 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  17. Hey

    Madonna was the hardest worker on the field.

    February 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  18. greta Ruba

    brady has Joran's resemblance...not in a negative cannotation.

    February 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  19. Mike

    Billions around the world? I read a stat that claims 95% of the viewership of the Super Bowl comes from the U.S. There was an article in Bloomberg Businessweek a few months ago that states every weekend a Manchester United game gets more viewership than the Super Bowl. Columnist constantly throw the word "billion" into the Super Bowl attendance when its not even close.The Super Bowl started at 12:30 am CET? Do you really think people across Europe and even Africa stayed up for an american football game on a Sunday evening? Do you think people in Asia and the Middle East skipped work/school to watch the Super Bowl?

    February 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  20. Jim

    Sam Krumov wrote an article that says an estimated 110 million people in the U.S. will be watching. Where did you get billions? CNN is supposed to be a leader in world news yet it thinks the "world" tunes into watch the Super Bowl.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  21. noelbligh

    America do sports, thought this was some kind of ancient egyptian sacrifice.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  22. tuffymacca

    "Billions around the world",which world is that ??????/.The NFL`Superbowl will never attract a billion live TV audience.Mark Mckay typical American that wants to gloss &overhype the pigskin gridiron football.The only sporting sporting events that can attract over a billion ppple Live is the FIFA Worldcup ,UCL Final &maybe Cricket when India is playing .Dream on Mark Macckay !

    February 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  23. jose

    goooooooooooooooooo NY GIANTSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT !

    February 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  24. Ben

    You all missed another big word they use "WORLD" champions.
    But they don't play any other nation to compete for the superbowl.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply

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