by Joe Fortenbaugh
February 05, 02012
INDIANAPOLIS—It wasn’t pretty for 26 minutes, but a 15-play drive at the end of the second quarter has the New England Patriots out in front of the New York Giants 10-9 at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday evening.
Danny Woodhead caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to cap off an impressive 98-yard drive that has swung the momentum—at least temporarily—at Super Bowl XLVI.
Brady took a safety on New England’s first offensive snap of the game after being called for an intentional grounding penalty in his own end zone. Later in the quarter, a 12-men on the field penalty negated a Patriots fumble recovery that would have prevented a Victor Cruz touchdown that came two plays later.
For the Giants, quarterback Eli Manning has looked impressive after completing 13 of 17 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. After a shaky start, Brady ended the half having completed 15 of 18 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Notes: Giants tight end Travis Beckum tore his right ACL in the first half and is expected to be out until next October at the earliest, according to John Clayton of ESPN.com.
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