NFL Breaks Twitter as Giants and Patriots Head to Super Bowl XLVI
On a Sunday where a win meant a ticket to the Super Bowl, fans of the four remaining NFL teams took to Twitter to cheer, jeer and completely dominate the social media website to the point that the site actually went down for over an hour into fail whale mode.
The final four of the NFL lived up to the hype as both games separated the winner from the loser by a mere three points.
The first of two NFL Conference Championships saw the New England Patriots take down the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the AFC Championship game. Tom Brady led his Patriots to the fifth Super Bowl appearance under head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots are 3-1 in Super Bowls under the leadership of Brady and the direction of Belichick.
That lone loss for the Patriots came in Super Bowl XLII against, who else, the winners of the second NFL Conference Championship, the New York giants, who took down a red-hot San Francisco 49ers squad in California to win the NFC Championship.
The Giants used a solid third-down offense to steadily chip away at the 49ers stingy defense. The game was decided on a field goal by Lawrence Tynes, who kicked a field goal in overtime to send his team to Indianapolis, Ind., site of Super Bowl XLVI.
Yesterday’s game will most likely be dwarfed by the Twitter activity that will be generated on February 5, when the Giants and Patriots meet for Super Bowl XLVI in Indiana. The game will be a rematch of the 2007 Super Bowl match, which saw the Giants defeat the Patriots 17-14 in Glendale, Arizona.
For now, we checked out which team is dominating Twitter from their wins yesterday. Seems Giants are on top of online buzz according to Topsy.com with over 557k Twitter mentions, while the Patriots only had around 177k.