New York Jets win Super Bowl LI over New Orleans Saints
NEW YORK — The New York Giants won their sixth Super Bowl title with a 27-16 victory over the New Orleans Falcons in a game that featured a pair of quarterback hits that left the Saints on the field for an additional four minutes.
Eli Manning led the way with a two-touchdown, 81-yard drive and Eli Sanders added a two in the fourth quarter.
New York coach Tom Coughlin also had a pair in the game.
Eli’s second TD pass came after the Saints’ defense had held the Giants to just 2-of-10 passing in the first half.
The Giants (11-2) have won their last nine regular-season games and five of their last six on the road.
The Saints (6-8) lost their third straight and first since Oct. 2, after the Giants led 27-10 in the second quarter before Brees completed a 14-yard pass to Eric Ebron for a touchdown.
The Falcons had not allowed a touchdown in the last seven minutes of the first quarter.
After the Saints scored, they were tied at 27 and held on for the win.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 11 of 17 passes for 151 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
The game was tied at 26 before the Giants finally got on the board.
Brees completed 15 of 20 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
Eli is third in NFL history with 1,851 career touchdown passes and was fourth in 2012.
Brees finished 8-of 10 for 140 yards and one touchdown, while his team’s leading rusher, Alvin Kamara, had six catches for 75 yards.
He also threw for 104 yards on six carries.
New England, which has been without its No. 1 running back, LeGarrette Blount, for the past two games, had been without two players in the top three in rushing (Blount, LeSean McCoy, Rob Gronkowski) and receiving (Jeremy Kerley, Devin Funchess, Devin Smith).
New Orleans had not scored a touchdown since Nov. 17, the same span the Giants have been without their top running back.
Brees’ first touchdown pass came on the first play of the second half, when he threw to Sanders for a 5-yard score.
He completed five of six passes for 72 yards in the third quarter.
This was the third straight win for New Orleans, who beat the Falcons 31-26 in overtime in their first postseason game.
New-York won the turnover battle 35-24, a result that was the largest margin of victory in the playoffs since the 1993 New York Super Bowl.
The victory gives New Orleans its first playoff victory over a division rival since 2009.
The next game is Thursday in Atlanta.
The Panthers, who have lost four straight, are in second place in the NFC South.
Carolina has a one-game lead on the Buccaneers for the NFC North title and has won four straight at home against Atlanta.
Atlanta’s last win at home came Jan. 6, 2012, when the Falcons defeated the Panthers 28-10.
This is the second time in six years that the Falcons have won a division title.
The team’s lone loss came in 2009.
Atlanta had won five straight home games before losing its last five.
The win puts Atlanta ahead of Carolina in the division for the first time since 2009, when it was in second spot.
The last time the Falcons had won consecutive home games was 2009, beating the Buccaneers 31-28 in Week 7.
The first two meetings this season have been in the Atlanta Dome.
Atlanta led by 21 points with 7:18 left in the opening quarter.
The teams combined for 478 yards passing.
Brees threw for 466 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and Eli had four catches for 63 yards.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for New York, which trailed 31-24 midway through the third.
It ended the streak of 21 straight home wins by the Giants.