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Boothe almost was goat

If the Giants had not pulled out a victory in Super Bowl XLVI, guard Kevin Boothe would have been among the biggest culprits.

Two penalties - a hold of Vince Wilfork and a false start - both damaged Giants drives, and could have proven costly.

In fairness, the holding call - which came during what would have been a first-down run by Brandon Jacobs - was questionable.

"That was tough," Boothe said Monday. "It looked like we were on our way to making it a two-score game. I was a little bit upset about that. I just have to put myself in better position so it’s not a question.

"He’s a savvy vet. He kind of winked at me after the play. We were controlling the game at that point. It moved us back at a critical point. It was definitely a challenging moment but we were able to bounce back."

Boothe was a backup and special teams player for the 2007 Giants, so the victory made the Cornell alum the third Ivy Leaguer with two Super Bowl rings.

Well, technically he tied for the honor with teammate Zak DeOssie (Brown).

The first two were Kenny Hill (Yale), a safety for the 1983 Raiders and '86 Giants, and Jason Garrett (Princeton), a backup quarterback for the Cowboys who now coaches the Pokes.

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