It took four quarters and an overtime in the San Francisco rain, but the results are in: Super Bowl XLVI will be a rematch.
The Giants got a 31-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes in overtime to push New York past the 49ers in the NFC title game, 20-17.
In two weeks, New England will be waiting for them in Indianapolis.
The Giants advanced to the big game much in the same way the Patriots did, benefiting from their opponent's miscues. The 49ers fumbled a punt in overtime and the Giants recovered, immediately putting them in field goal range to win the game.
The Patriots and Giants met in Week 9 of the regular season. The visiting Giants left with a win, 24-20. In that game, Eli Manning drove the field with less than two minutes remaining and found tight end Jake Ballard with 15 seconds left to win.
The Patriots and Giants met in the Super Bowl four years ago, you may remember. While the faces of both franchises -- quarterbacks Tom Brady and Eli Manning -- are the same, the teams have undergone significant change since the Giants spoiled New England's perfect season with a 17-14 win in Super Bowl XLII.
For New England, Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison and Randy Moss are gone. In the Giants' locker room, Michael Strahan, Plaxico Burress and unlikely hero David Tyree have all moved on.
In the next two weeks we'll get into the matchups of the here-and-now. But the "rematch" storylines will crop up in large numbers and be widely available for mass consumption, too. Whether or not the masses in New England will be able to stomach the rehashing of those memories is another story.