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Within an hour, Patriots fans move from anger to acceptance

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As Tom Brady and the New England Patriots wandered off the field in Indianapolis after Super Bowl XLVI, defeated again by the New York Giants, fans of the team vented on Twitter. Some even directed their anger at Brady, one of the league's most accomplished, and popular, players.

But within an hour, many fans had completed their trek through the five stages of grief popularized by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, progressing to the final stop: acceptance.

According to an analysis by Kanjoya, a San Francisco company that uses a computer algorithm to detect emotion in social media posts, the most common emotion surrounding the Patriots became calm soon after the game finished.

As the game wore on, bad feelings had been steadily rising toward the Patriots.

"Brady's disappointment peaked when he tossed that interception," Kanjoya founder Armen Berjikly said. "Anger then rose to become the dominant emotion by end of game. Interesting keywords were 'lmfao' and 'concussion.' "

Kanjoya officials caution that there are things to keep in mind when analyzing language for emotion. Berjikly said language can be difficult to interpret, with research finding that people agree about the intent of statements about 80% of the time. And not all tweets can be assigned an emotion -- roughly 40% captured by their algorithm qualify. 

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NFL players tweet respect after Super Bowl, with one exception

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Many NFL players took to Twitter tonight after Super Bowl XLVI to congratulate the victorious New York Giants. Players offered respect to the new champions and a desire to emulate them next season. Tim Tebow posted a photo of Eli Manning holding the Lombardi Trophy with a single word: "Motivation." More examples can be found here, here, here and here.

A stark exception was Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who let his feelings about the Patriots be known with what seems to be a veiled reference to "Spygate," a 2007 controversy involving the Patriots.

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Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants defeat New England Patriots, 21-17

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The reluctant touchdown held up.

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a six-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds left, pausing before he finally stepped across the goal line to ponder whether or not he should leave New England's great quarterback Tom Brady that much time to rally from a 21-17 deficit.

Brady did pick up a first down on a fourth-and-16 play after getting sacked by New York lineman Justin Tuck, but on a Hail Mary pass from midfield, the ball fell incomplete in the end zone between tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.

The Giants have won their second Super Bowl in four years, beating the Patriots both times, and fourth overall.

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On the decisive drive, Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed a short pass to receiver Hakeem Nicks to keep the drive extended and move the ball to the seven-yard line, forcing the Patriots to burn their timeouts.

Brady, after getting sacked hard on his left shoulder to end the previous possession, faced more pressure on his next series. First, he avoided a near sack, then unleashed a deep pass with Giants' lineman Jason Pierre-Paul converging hard. The deep ball was intercepted by Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn inside the New York five-yard line.

New York averted disaster when Bradshaw's fumble on the second play of that series was recovered by a teammate.

Manning got his team out of the shadow of their own end zone by rifling a completion on third dowm to Nicks.

New York tight end Jake Ballard was injured (left knee) on the possession. Manning responded by connecting with Victor Cruz for a first down on third and eight, then hit Mario Manningham to get the Giants across midfield.

At the Patriots' 38, Manning, whose success in clutch moments has defined the Giants' playoff run, called timeout, then watched his lineman Kevin Boothe commit a five-yard penalty before having a pass to Manningham broken up by defensive back Sterling Moore in a play that could've been called pass interference.

With 9:24 remaining in the game, the Patriots took over at their own seven-yard line. On third down, Brady connected with running back Danny Woodhead for a 25-yard pickup.

On a second and seven, the Patriots ran a reverse with receiver Wes Welker taking the ball to the New England 46. Brady then found his day's favorite target, Hernandez, for a first down across midfield.

But on a third and 11 with 4:00 left, Brady's pass to veteran receiver Deion Branch was broken up on a hard hit by Giants defensive back Corey Webster.

That forced the Giants to take over at their own 12-yard line with 3:46 remaining, but Manning immediately launched a deep ball up the left sideline that Manningham caught over defensive back Sterling Moore -- a completion at the 50 that was upheld after being challenged by Patriots Coach Bill Belichick.

Manning and Manningham hooked up again for 15 yards. The quarterback then hit receiver Hakeem Nicks to move the ball to ther Patriots' 18 at the two-minute warning.

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Photo: Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw almost takes a knee before falling into the end zone against the Patriots in the final minute of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday. Credit: Rob Carr / Getty Images

 

Eli Manning leads New York on another late-game comeback – his seventh of the season – to deliver a 21-17 victory over New England to give the Giants their fourth Lombardi Trophy.

Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots 17, Giants 15 after three quarters

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Lawrence Tynes kicked a 33-yard field goal in the final minute of the third quarter, and the New York Giants and New England Patriots are heading to their second dramatic fourth quarter in a Super Bowl in four years.

Tynes' kick for the Giants cut their deficit to 17-15.

New England quarterback Tom Brady completed a Super Bowl-record 16 consecutive passes to help the Patriots rally from a 9-3 deficit with a touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the first half and another on the Patriots' first possession after halftime.

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The streak ended afterTynes booted a 38-yard field goal to pull the Giants to within 17-12.

The Patriots went three and out on their next series, and Brady was seen grimacing, stretching and rotating his left shoulder after being sacked to close the series.

The Giants took over near midfield in Patriots' territory to start their next drive, and moved into field-goal position as quarterback Eli Manning improved to 20-of-26 passing on the evening. 

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Photo: Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes makes the first of two field goal in the third quarter to help New York pull to within 17-15 of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Credit: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots lead Giants 17-12 in third quarter

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A big run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis and completions to Chad Ochocinco and Wes Welker put the New England Patriots inside the New York Giants' 30-yard line on their first second-half possession. Quarterback Tom Brady established a Super Bowl record with 14 consecutive completions by connecting with Welker.

He extended the record to 16, connecting again with Welker and then with tight end Aaron Hernandez for a 12-yard touchdown for a 17-9 lead with  11 minutes 20 seconds left in the third quarter.

The emotion of the game -- and the desire to avenge the 2008 Super Bowl loss to the Giants -- was evident for Brady as he pumped his right arm and roared in delight as Hernandez scored.

New York quarterback Eli Manning responded, delivering two first-down completions to receiver Hakeem Nicks to move the Giants inside the Patriots' 30-yard line.

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The drive stalled inside the 20, but Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes booted a 38-yard field goal to trim New England's lead to 17-12 with 6:43 remaining in the third. 

Action resumed after Madonna's halftime performance that included her singing "Vogue" with dancers including a male contortionist that bounced awkwardly for most men on a tightrope. Madonna then turned to "Music," with help from LMFAO. Madonna ended the song by reminding, "I'm sexy and i know it."

Nikki Minaj and M.I.A.also joined Madonna for her new hit, "Give Me All Your Love," and she closed alongside black-robed Cee Lo Green for "Like a Prayer," disappearing in steam while lights flashed "World Peace."

Both quarterbacks were accurate in the first half, with the Giants' Manning completing 13 of 17 passes for 120 yards while Brady was 15 of 18 for 147 yards, with five of the completions going to Hernandez. Manning set a Super Bowl record by opening the game with nine consecutive completions.

The Patriots have long specialized in scoring toward the end of the half, and did so with a record-tying touchdown drive of 96 yards on 14 plays. New England was able to take over possession when Giants offensive lineman Kevin Boothe committed a holding penalty to negate a first-down completion, forcing a third and 15 that New York couldn't convert.

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Photo: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to give New England a 17-9 lead in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday. Credit: Paul Sancya / Associated Press

Super Bowl XLVI: New England leads Giants 10-9 at halftime

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The New England Patriots lead the New York Giants, 10-9, at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady overcame a sluggish early performance by directing a 14-play, 96-yard drive that was capped by a three-yard touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead with eight seconds left in the half.

Down 9-0 in the first quarter after being called for intentional grounding while throwing from the end zone, Brady moved the Patriots more than 40 yards before a third-and-four pass at New York's 11-yard line was knocked down at the line.

New England settled for a 29-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 13:48 remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to 9-3.

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The Giants moved across midfield on their next series, but an illegal huddle penalty left them facing third and 15 and quarterback Eli Manning connected with running back Ahmad Bradshaw on a completion to the Patriots' 40, where New York punted the ball away.

Brady took over at his own 20, but the Patriots went three and out on their possession, with a completion to receiver Wes Welker falling inches shy of the 30 and a first down.

A holding call cost the Giants a first down on their next possession, and quarterback Eli Manning couldn't connect on a deep pass that was deflected. New York's ensuing, punt, however, pinned the Patriots inside their five-yard line.

At that point, with Brady's favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski, being held in check, the Giants had possession of the ball for 19 miutes 37 seconds to the Patriots' 6:20.

With less than three minutes left in the half, Brady finally found Gronkowski on 20-yard completion to the Patriots' 35.

Brady then turned to tight end Aaron Hernandez for another first-down completion. A holding call negated a first-down pass to running back Danny Woodhead. But Brady found Hernandez again on a third-and-four pass to the Giants' 33.

Wes Welker grabbed a first-down catch at the 22 with 29 seconds left, and the Patriots moved to the 11 on another completion. Woodhead then caught a pass inside the five-yard line with 18 seconds left.

A big tackle by defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul on a draw run by Woodhead stalled the Patriots briefly.

But Brady had a ton of time on the next play and he found Woodhead for a four-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left in the half.

The drive lasted 14 plays for a record-tying 96 yards.

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Photo: Patriots running back Danny Woodhead catches a four-yard touchdown pass despite the coverage of Giants linebacker Michael Boley (59) and defensive back Kenny Phillips (21) in the second quarter Sunday. Credit: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Super Bowl XLVI: Giants lead 9-0 after first quarter

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At the end of the first quarter, the underdog New York Giants are leading the New England Patriots, 9-0, in Super Bowl XLVI.

Thanks to a safety and an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Victor Cruz, the Giants have jumped to the early lead, although New England is in the red zone as the second quarter begins.

The Giants took possession after forcing a safety for a 2-0 lead and moved from their own 23-yard line to inside the Patriots' 15, the big play being a long run by Ahmad Bradshaw across midfield to the Patriots' 33.

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At the New England 11, New York quarterback Eli Manning completed a short pass to receiver Victor Cruz, who was stripped of the ball, with New England recovering.

Officials, however, flagged the Patriots for having 12 men on the field, giving the Giants the ball at the six-yard line.

One play later, Manning threw into the end zone just past safety James Ihedigbo, with Cruz catching the touchdown with 3:24 left in the first quarter for a 9-0 lead.

The Giants' scoring drive covered 78 yards in nine plays.

New England's Tom Brady moved the Patriots inside the Giants' 20 on a pass to receiver Wes Welker as the first quarter expired.

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Photo: Giants receiver Victor Cruz catches a two-yard touchdown pass against Patriots safety James Ihedigbo in the first quarter Sunday. Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

Super Bowl XLVI: Giants ahead 2-0 early

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The 46th Super Bowl is underway in Indianapolis.

The New England Patriots won the coin toss (heads) and deferred, giving the New York Giants the ball first.

New York quarterback Eli Manning passed to receiver Victor Cruz to pick up a first down on the opening possession, then running back Ahmad Bradshaw surged ahead toward midfield for another.

Early prediction: Bradshaw is the key to this game. If he can pick up decent chunks, it frees up Manning to find Cruz and Hakeem Nicks down the field.

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Manning then connected with Nicks for a first down to the Patriots' 35-yard line. The Patriots then stuffed Bradshaw, forcing a third-and-13 play.

In the obvious passing situation, Patriots lineman Mark Anderson bulled through to sack Manning and force a punt.

The Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady then took over at their own six-yard line. On the first play, Brady dropped back into the end zone and under heavy pressure threw a deep pass incomplete.

Officials converged and decided Brady had committed intentional grounding by airing the ball out to an expanse of turf toward midfield. Since he was in the end zone and under pressure when he threw it, a safety was ruled.

With 8:52 left in the first quarter, the Giants lead 2-0.

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Photo: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady unloads a pass before being hit by Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

Online excitement about Giants and Patriots peaks ahead of Super Bowl kickoff

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Positive emotions about both the New England Patriots and New York Giants are ramping up as the kickoff to Super Bowl XLVI approaches, according to an analysis of Twitter postings by Kanjoya, a San Francisco company that uses a computer algorithm to detect emotion in social media posts.

The positive feelings about both teams are supported by expert opinion, which is predicting a close game in this rematch of a hard-fought title game won by the Giants four years ago.

Excitement has been the most common emotion found in the Twitter analysis with a plurality of tweets about both teams expressing enthusiasm. 

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Kanjoya officials caution there are things to keep in mind when analyzing language for emotion. Company founder Armen Berjikly said language can be difficult to interpret correctly, with research finding people agree about the intent of statements about 80% of the time. And not all tweets can be assigned an emotion -- roughly 40% captured by their algorithm qualify. 

The positive outlook for both sides lines up with expert opinion. Las Vegas bookies are forecasting a close game, setting the Patriots as a narrow favorite to win, according to OddsShark.com. ESPN's poll of football experts is divided on the likely winner. The cable sports network asked 71 analysts to predict the outcome and 39 picked the Giants compared to 32 who chose the Patriots.

President Barack Obama refused to predict a winner in his White House interview with NBC's Matt Lauer.

"It is going to be a great game," Obama said. "I can't call it. I think this is gonna be one of those where it comes down to a turnover or some ball off somebody's helmet."

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Super Bowl XLVI: Countdown to kickoff

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America’s unofficial holiday is gripping the country Sunday as Super Bowl XLVI moves toward kickoff.

Festive fans at house parties, cash-spewing gamblers swarming Las Vegas sports books, television advertisers reveling in their own big day and the New York Giants and New England Patriots are positioned as the anticipation of the most important football game of the year nears with a 3:30 p.m. Pacific time kickoff.

The Times will be providing live updates of Super Bowl XLVI throughout the NFL championship live from a Super Bowl gathering where one-liners from hard-core fans, bettors and casual fans just here for the ads and the guacamole are bound to materialize. My colleague Martin Miller will be providing coverage of the entertaining television ads at Showtracker.

Both franchises, the AFC's top-seeded Patriots and NFC East champion Giants, seek their fourth Super Bowl trophy in a rematch both of a Giants’ regular-season victory this season and New York’s classic upset of then-unbeaten New England in the 2008 Super Bowl.

After throwing for more than 5,000 yards as his team’s defense gave up more yards than in past Super Bowl campaigns, New England quarterback Tom Brady attempts to tie NFL legends Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four Lombardi Trophys.

This bitter New York-New England renewal, at the home field of Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s brother, Peyton, -- Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium –- was declared an expected shootout by Las Vegas, which set the over/under line for points at 55, with the Patriots established as around a field-goal favorite.

The NFL has a day to affirm its own glory even after enduring an off-season of labor strife that forced owners to institute a lockout and threaten the start of the season.

 “The uncertainty of the lockout — `Will it be settled? When will the deal come? Will it happen?' — created a sense of anticipation for the new season. It fed into the public's awareness of the NFL. Even the concussion stories helped, because the public has become aware of the issue and is watching games to see how the rules are enforced, to see how the game changes,” Neal Pilson, a former president of CBS Sports who now runs a media consulting firm, told the Associated Press.

“They talk about it Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and they watch it on Sunday,” Pilson said. “The more separate issues related to the NFL that become part of the public discourse feed into the audiences.” 

NFL games accounted for 23 of the 25 most-watched telecasts last fall, and a total of 37 games each drew at least 20 million viewers. 

That, Pilson says, is in part a result of the country's  struggle against the recession. After all, what's cheaper than plopping down on the couch to watch a game?

The 2010 and 2011 Super Bowls were the two most-viewed programs in U.S. television history. Super Bowl XLVI should be no different.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Photo: A stadium worker grooms the artificial turf in Lucas Oil Stadium before Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday. Credit: Tannen Maury / EPA

Super Bowl XLVI: Who will win the NFL championship?

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Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time today.

At last glance, the Patriots, who finished 13-3 to earn the AFC's top seeding in the conference playoffs, were a 2 1/2-point favorite.

Nobody is quite sure why, although quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick are 3-1 in Super Bowls and are the only QB/coach combination to appear in five Super Bowls.

Experts and fans seem solidly behind the Giants, who came together late in the season when their defensive line returned to health and Eli Manning looked like the elite quarterback he claimed to be at the start of the season.

Manning guided New York to a handful of fourth-quarter comebacks, including three late in the season when they qualified for the playoffs as NFC East champions with a 9-7 record.

Time to cast your vote in our poll.

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-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Quarterbacks Eli Manning of the Giants and Tom Brady of the Patriots will try to lead their teams to the Super Bowl XLVI title today in Indianapolis. Credit: Getty Images

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