all it came down to was the Patriots not attacking the Giants weaknesses for whatever reason.
I think it mostly came down to Brady getting the *censored* knocked out of him, over and over. He stood up to it really well (witness his last scoring drive), but it kept him from doing what he does. The Pats offensive line just couldn't stand up to the Giants defense. I would have given Tuck MVP if it were up to me, but defense gets no respect.
I'm a long time Pats fan, with little patience for the johnny-come-latelies. I remember the palpable gloom in the room I was in when the Bears handed them what must be the most humiliating defeat in Superbowl history. I would have liked to see them win the longest perfect season ever, just for the sake of that 14 year old me. But.. I also like underdogs, and that pass Tyree caught against his helmet is in my top two Superbowl plays ever, so... at least it was a good game, and one I will always remember. There are a lot of past Superbowls that are pretty much blank for me, except for the score. And it is just a game. I love me some Pats football, but it isn't 'cause they win or lose... us Pats fans wandered in the desert for a long time. Three wins in a few years is more than we ever hoped for. And they'll be back next year, sans a couple of picks.
That said, the Giants did get lucky. Their defense was dominating, but their offense was definitely Keystone Kops. I mean... both a too many players flag, and a penalty for running down the clock? In the Superbowl? And that catch by Tyree, after what should have been a sack of Manning... that was some 1 in 100 *censored*. And that play turned the game. If they were to play again tomorrow I would be putting money on the Pats.