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GIANTS BLEARY-EYED BUT STILL CELEBRATING TITLE

The sleep-deprived smiles were everywhere at the Giants' team hotel.

Not even 12 hours after their 17-14 win over the unbeaten Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, the 12-point underdog Giants were still numb over what happened.

"It's what you dream about as a kid, to win the Super Bowl," guard Rich Seubert said Monday. "This is the greatest feeling in the world."

And if there were any lingering doubts about whether it actually happened - surely, Giants fans were pinching themselves to make sure it wasn't a dream - the Giants awakened early Monday to the realization that yes, the Super Bowl was really theirs.

"Can you believe it?" defensive lineman Justin Tuck asked rhetorically to a reporter. "Can you believe we did this? What a feeling. What an unbelievable feeling."

The Giants started 0-2, beat only one team with a winning record in the regular season, the 9-7 Redskins, and were 0-4 against the Cowboys, Packers and Patriots in the regular season, giving up 149 points.

But they beat all three in the postseason, allowing only 51 points, and became only the second team to win a Super Bowl with six losses, matching the 1988 49ers.

Even the unflappable Eli Manning was in overdrive.

"I'm fired up and I'm going to enjoy this moment," said Manning, the game MVP. "You still want to do it again. You still want to have this feeling again."

Meanwhile, the Patriots were still smarting.

Ellis Hobbs, the Patriots cornerback burned on Manning's winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds to go, said: "The season means nothing now. It means nothing to me. When you put a win together, when you continually put wins together with so many people not wanting you to win, to lose at the end just hurts. You know, it is all for nothing."

PARADE: New York will celebrate the Giants' victory with a ticker-tape parade today in Manhattan starting at 11 a.m. The team also will be honored at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., at 4 p.m. and all fans are invited free, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority said on its Web site.

MORE RECORDS: Hats, T-shirts and other gear bearing the Giants logo started flying off the racks at sporting goods stores around the New York area, and the league estimated that the total sales of official Super Bowl merchandise could surpass the $125-million record set when Green Bay won Super Bowl XXXI - also over the Patriots - in January 1997.

NO FLY: An official says a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter intercepted a small plane flying near the Super Bowl and escorted the pilot to an airport in nearby Buckeye, Ariz. Buckeye police spokesman Bob Bushner said the Cessna 172 left Tucson for Buckeye on Sunday and the pilot wasn't aware he entered the temporary no-fly zone around University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale. The pilot wasn't cited or arrested.

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