New York Giants fans were ecstatic Sunday night after their team
for a rematch with the New England Patriots
Francisco Montesino, a 32-year-old bus driver from Brooklyn, jumped for joy when Lawrence Tynes kicked the winning field goal in sudden-death overtime in the NFC championship in San Francisco.
"The game was an awesome game. I knew we were going to have a problem with San Francisco, but I'm satisfied with the outcome," said Montesino, who was watching the game during his break at a bar in midtown Manhattan. "San Francisco played a hell of a game, but we came out on top," he added.
Donovan Wallace, a 26-year-old tap dancer from New York, said it was one of the better playoff games he's seen this season so far. "I thought it was a great game and really entertaining," Wallace said.
His friend, Sam Van Saint, a 30-year-old actor from New York, said the game met all his expectations.
"I thought the game was perfect," said Van Saint. "It was supposed to be this close, it was supposed to go into overtime, it was supposed to be exciting fun."
Sean Ryan, a 27-year-old bartender originally from Dublin, said he was looking forward to the Super Bowl, although it's his first year as a Giants fan. "I'll be working it, but hopefully we'll have a busy night and pull it off," Ryan said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Sunday night congratulating the Giants on their win and "their remarkable and historic Super bowl run."
"I am thrilled that the Giants have come closer to bringing home the well-deserved Vince Lombardi Trophy," Cuomo said.
The Giants will face the Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis as 3½-point underdogs. The last time the teams met for the NFL title, 2008, the Giants ended the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.
Earlier Sunday, the Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game.