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By PFW staff

Below are 10 quotes from the aftermath of the New York Giants' vicotry in Super Bowl XLVI:

Giants coach Tom Coughlin in his opening statement to the press on Monday morning: "What a great morning it is for us to come before you as Super Bowl champions and as world champions." 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on his team's 21-17 loss to the Giants on Sunday night: "Very competitive football game, they just made a couple more plays then we did.  By the way our guys played, fought, fought all year, fought tonight, and we had our chances. We just couldn't quite make enough plays. Giants made a few more than we did. Really isn't too much more to say about. Can't fault the effort of any of our players."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin on his team's upcoming parade down the Canyon of Heroes in downtown Manhattan: "I remember (Giants president and CEO) John Mara looking at me and saying, 'You don't want to miss this now.' It's the same thing I would convey to all of our players, you don't want to miss this. Heartwarming doesn't quite cover this, what you go through and what your feelings are. When you are looking down the side streets, and there are people forever down those side streets, and they're all there because they are taking ownership of their team."

Patriots QB Tom Brady on why New England lost and the feeling of losing his second-straight Super Bowl: "Certainly it wasn't one play that was the reason we lost. Everybody feels they could do a little more. I'd rather come to this game and lose than not get here."

Giants RB Brandon Jacobs on whether QB Eli Manning is elite or not: "Two hundred and twenty-eight countries just saw Eli. I don't have to say anything."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on why he decided to let the Giants score the game-winning touchdown rather than try to force New York to kick a field goal: "The ball was inside the 10-yard line for a 90-percent field-goal kicker."

Giants DE Justin Tuck on a year in which he won a Super Bowl after losing three family members, according to The Star-Ledger: "Having the year I've had, I'm just tremendously blessed. It really hasn't sunk in yet how great this is. Sometime tonight, I'll probably break down and cry in my bed."

Patriots WR Wes Welker, on his inability to catch a crucial pass in the fourth quarter from QB Tom Brady, as quoted in The Providence Journal: "It hit me right in the hands. It's a play I never drop — I always make. It's the most critical situation, and I let the team down."

Giants WR Mario Manningham, as quoted in the Chicago Tribune, on his crucial catch along the sideline that led off New York's game-winning drive: "I knew as soon as the ball hit my fingertips, I was going to have to freeze my feet. I kind of knew I was in."

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, wife of Patriots QB Tom Brady, in a widely-quoted rant caught on video: "You have to catch the ball when you're supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot (expletive) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time."

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