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The Super Bowl In Los Angeles: A History

A look at Los Angeles' long history with the Super Bowl, including Super Bowl 1 at the Coliseum, and the New York Giants' first Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl.

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Super Bowl Winners: Giants Pass Raiders In Super Bowl Titles

The New York Giants picked up their fourth all-time Super Bowl title on Sunday when they defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. The win vaults them over the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, with whom they were previously tied with three Super Bowl titles each. Also in the three Super Bowl titles camp are the Washington Redskins and the Patriots.

The Giants are now one of five teams to have won four or more Super Bowls. The Giants and Raiders have both appeared in five Super Bowls, but the Raiders have two losses in the big game, against just one by the Giants, when they were blown out by the Baltimore Ravens in 2001.


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While the Raiders are still searching for another Super Bowl title to catch up to the Giants and the Green Bay Packers, New York is now chasing the tier of five-time champions, currently occupied by the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

Moving from the top eight to the top five in all-time Super Bowl wins does quite a bit for the legacy of the New York franchise, but it appears they still have a bit of work left to do in order to firmly entrench themselves in the conversation for one of the very best football teams of all time.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog,Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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Best Super Bowl 2012 Commercials: Chevy, Hyundai, Audi Make Memorable Ads

Super Bowl XLVI bore witness to a closely-contested game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. Although the game came down to the final seconds, casual fans will likely remember more about the abundance of "event" Super Bowl ads than anything about the game itself.

This year, like most years, provided a huge range of different options to try to appeal to different demographics. Some of the spots will likely generate better buzz and word-of-mouth than some potential summer blockbusters. Certainly there will likely be more people talking about the fat Volkswagen dog tomorrow at work than about the trailer for Battleship. Let's take a look at some of the standouts from the 2012 Super Bowl.


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Three of the standout commercials in my mind were all car ads. Chevy's post-apocalyptic Silverado ad took the cheap route to a couple of jokes, but it seems like if you're going to make an ad to appeal to dudes who might be in the market for a Chevy Silverado, you can stop drilling, because you've struck oil with this one.

Hyundai made an ad that was a bit more broad in its appeal. It has probably planted the Rocky theme in the heads of a million Americans. Depending on how long Hyundai plans on running this ad, you can plan on having this song stuck in your head at some point for the next few months. I'm surprisingly okay with that.

Audi's "Vampire Party" made me long for the days when Buffy and Angel were on the air, and not a million lesser vampire-themed shows and movies. Also, how many humorous commercials end with pretty much everyone in the commercial dying a horrible death? Not enough, in my estimation.

You can find tons more commercials and commentary at SB Nation's Super Bowl commercials StoryStream.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog,Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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New York Giants Win Super Bowl XLVI, Eli Manning Named MVP

The New York Giants trailed the New England Patriots late 17-15. That was when Eli Manning stepped up and directed yet another game-winning drive. Pretty sure Pats fans have heard this before.


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Manning found Mario Manningham on a spectacular 38 yard catch-and-grab down the sidelines going out of bounds, then hit Manningham and Hakeem Nicks two more times apiece. The Giants then got an Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown to go up 21-17, and Tom Brady's last Hail Mary was batted down. Manning was named Super Bowl MVP.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog,Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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Super Bowl 2012 Score: Patriots And Giants Going Down To The Wire, New England Up 17-15

The New England Patriots looked like they'd taken back control of the game after Tom Brady connected with Danny Woodhead and Aaron Hernandez on two red zone touchdowns to end the first half and start the second.


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But the Giants have been getting movement right back in the second half. New York has had drives of 45 and 33 yards directed by Eli Manning to set up two Lawrence Tynes field goals to make it 17-15. Just like every Giants-Patriots game ever, this appears to be going down to the wire.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog,Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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Rose Bowl Hosted New York Giants In Franchise's First Super Bowl

Twenty years after Super Bowl 1 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Rose Bowl hosted it's fourth NFL Championship game. In yet another connection between Los Angeles and today's big game, Super Bowl XXI turned out to be the first Super Bowl in New York Giants history. It was the Giants' fifth NFL Championship, but the first time they'd been the NFC representative in the Super Bowl since the merger.

From the perspective of Pasadena, the story begins in 1984. The Rose Bowl had just hosted it's third Rose Bowl in 1983, where 103,667 people packed into the stadium. Eager for another big boost to the local economy, the city of Pasadena submitted their name as a future host site at the '84 owners meetings, along with Anaheim, San Diego, and many of the usual suspects. Pasadena was selected to host the '87 Super Bowl, and San Diego would host it's first Super Bowl in '88.

Pasadena was considered the favorite to host the game, but faced opposition in an Eastern block. In this cold war story, cold weather cities like Philadelphia and New York were tired of not qualifying to host Super Bowl games. The cold weather voting block kept Pasadena from getting the required 21 votes, forcing the NFL to go to majority rules in order to move forward. The NFL had held one cold weather Super Bowl at the Pontiac Silverdome, but it won't be until 2014 that the NFL hosts a cold weather outdoor Super Bowl.

The Giants were not the super power the Green Bay Packers were, but between 1933 and 1946 they faced off against the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship game four times, winning two. Unlike the Packers who've had their own stadium for most of their history, the Giants were nomads playing at the Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, and Shea Stadium before finally moving into a place of their own in 1976.

The Giants were led by 1986 MVP Lawrence Taylor, and 1987 Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms. LT was drafted with the second pick in the 1981 NFL draft, after the Giants had gone 4-12. Taylor was a Pro Bowl selection every year for a decade. Phil Simms was selected with the seventh pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, another year the Giants finished last in the NFC East.

Those two draft picks turned the team's fortunes around, and in 1986 this meant going 14-2 on the season which tied them with the defending Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears for best regular season record. After the Washington Redskins upset the Bears at Soldier Field in the Divisional round, it was a NFC East rematch to decide who would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Giants defense was dominant all year, although the offense depended on the legs of running back Joe Morris and the combination of Simms throwing to occasionally injured Lionel Manuel.

While Pasadena was certainly excited to be hosting another Super Bowl, LA sports fans were a bit fed up with America's first and second cities. The Chicago Bears had won the '86 Super Bowl, the New York Mets won the '86 World Series, and now here were the New York Giants going for the NFL title. The LA Rams had lost to the Bears in the '85-86 playoffs, the Angels lost to the Red Sox in the 86 ALCS.

So while the cold weather cities may not have won the right to host the Big Game, they were certainly the dominant force in Sports teams. The Giants' opponent in the Super Bowl would be the John Elway led Denver Broncos in their second Super Bowl appearance.

While this would be the Giants' first Super Bowl, it'd be one of the Rose Bowl's last as there were fears for the safety of the 104,000 fans who would pack the bowl. A Daily News report revealed that city inspectors conceded the stadium does not meet current fire and safety codes. Not surprising for a stadium built in 1924, but there were fears of what the concrete structure would do in the event of an earthquake.

If Super Bowl 1 was a humble affair, this time around LA and Orange County were going all out. At the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel, drinks were named for Giants players, and Waitresses donned Broncos jerseys. The Anaheim Marriott was transformed into NFL offices west. Pasadena set up a hotline for travelers looking to be guided around the city. Millions of dollars in revenue were expected to be generated by this tourism boom.

The score went back and forth in the first half of the game. The game featured the first use of instant replay in a Super Bowl, as an incomplete pass was reviewed by the booth. The Giants were able to build a 23 point lead in the second half, and that was all she wrote.

The New York Giants won their first NFL Championship in 30 years. Today they'll play in their fifth Super Bowl, their second in four years against the New England Patriots. Fans in New York certainly hope this will also be their fourth Super Bowl title.

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The Super Bowl In Los Angeles: A History

A look at just what those in Los Angeles had to go through, as the city of angels was chosen to host the very first Super Bowl.

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