Overtime joy for New York Giants

Overtime joy for New York Giants

Lawrence Tynes landed an overtime field goal as the New York Giants set up a Super Bowl repeat against New England Patriots.

Tynes, who was born in Scotland, slotted over from 31 yards to give the Giants a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park.

Lawrence Tynes (no.9) celebrates his teams win

The Giants will now look to emulate their 2008 success when they denied the Patriots a perfect season to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Tynes, who kicked the winning field goal against Green Bay to set up the showdown with New England four years ago, said: “It’s amazing. It’s my second NFC Championship game and my second game-winner.

“I had dreams about this last night, but it was from 42 (yards) not 31.

“I was so nervous today, just anticipating this kind of game. I knew I was going to have to make a kick.”

While Tynes was the hero of the hour, it was Eli Manning that provided the platform for the Giants in a game where defences were on top.

Manning threw two touchdown passes and went 32-of-58 for 316 yards in his record fifth road play-off win.

Manning found Bear Pascoe with a short pass to the right for a second quarter touchdown, while in the last period he connected with Mario Manningham from 17 yards.

Quarterback Alex Smith, who threw for 196 yard, twice combined with tight end Vernon Davis for touchdowns for the 49ers, while a 25-yard field goal by David Akers levelled the score at 17-17 to send the game into overtime.

However San Francisco’s hopes were dashed following an error by Kyle Williams – with the Giants seizing possession after the 49ers receiver had fumbled possession on the 24-yard line.

Williams was stripped of the ball after he had taken Steve Weatherford’s punt – and the Giants ran three times to set Tynes up for his winning kick