Feb. 6, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Former University of Michigan football stars Mario Manningham (2005-07) and David Baas (2001-04) helped the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday (Feb. 5) at Lucas Oil Stadium. It marked the first Super Bowl title for both players, and the duo helped the Giants win their fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Manningham, a wide receiver, provided perhaps the game's biggest play during the Giants' winning touchdown drive. Down 17-15 with 3:46 left in the game, the Giants gained possession on their own 12-yard line. On the possession's first play, quarterback Eli Manning threw deep along the left sideline to Manningham, who tapped both feet in bounds and secured the 38-yard reception before being hit out of bounds. The catch was reviewed and upheld.
The nine-play, 88-yard drive ended as Baas, New York's center and a former Rimington Trophy winner at U-M, helped pave the way for a six-yard rushing touchdown by Ahmad Bradshaw with 0:57 remaining for the game's deciding points.
Manningham finished with five receptions for 73 yards, while Baas and the offensive line helped the Giants rush 28 times for 114 yards.
Along with Manningham and Baas, Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann (1980-82) and running backs coach Jerald Ingram (1979-81) each played and coached for the Wolverines. Herrmann coached at U-M from 1985-2005 and won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 1997, while Ingram coached in Ann Arbor in 1984.
The Patriots were represented by two former Wolverines in quarterback Tom Brady (1996-99) and punter Zoltan Mesko (2006-09). Brady finished 27-of-41 passing for 276 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Mesko punted three times for a 41.0 average.
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