Late drive propels Patriots to halftime lead

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

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