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Patriots take halftime lead at Super Bowl XLVI

New York Giants running back Bradshaw runs with the ball after getting away form New England Patriots free safety Chung in the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis Reuters

The Patriots are halfway to bringing another Vince Lombardi Trophy to New England.

At halftime of Super Bowl XLVI, the score is 10-9 Patriots, on the strength of a Tom Brady-to-Danny Woodhead touchdown pass with just eight seconds before halftime. The Patriots had struggled for most of the first half, but they have to be thrilled about the way that final drive, which started at their own 4-yard line, went down. After a penalty moved the Patriots to the 2, Tom Brady went 10-for-10 as New England marched 98 yards to the end zone.

Rob Gronkowski’s ankle, which was the talk of the week leading up to the Super Bowl, seems to be affecting him in his breaks, but he can still run straight down the seam, turn around and catch the ball, as he did on his 20-yard grab late in the second quarter. The Patriots need to do more of that in the second half.

Meanwhile, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul might be the best football player on the field. He’s knocked down two passes, made a huge tackle on a draw play late in the second quarter and has been a major problem for the Patriots.

A big question is whether the second half will feature the New England defense that struggled during the regular season or the defense that played much better in the Patriots’ two postseason wins. Eli Manning was passing the ball at will early on, but the Patriots’ defense stiffened in the second quarter.

Giants punter Steve Weatherford has had a great game. His first punt deep into Patriots territory set up the safety on the Patriots’ first play, and the Giants’ gunners should have been able to down his second punt at the 1-yard line, but they misjudged the ball and it bounced into the end zone. His third punt went 51 yards, out of bounds at the 4.

This has not been a particularly well played half of football. Both teams had 12 on the field penalties. For all the time Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick have had to prepare over the last two weeks, it has to drive them crazy to get stupid penalties like that. The key to the second half may be which team avoids making costly mistakes.

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45 Responses to “Patriots take halftime lead at Super Bowl XLVI”
  1. tedmurph says: Feb 5, 2012 7:51 PM

    Joe Montana my a$$.

  2. trbowman says: Feb 5, 2012 7:52 PM

    Seriously, how are the Patriots winning this game?

  3. trbowman says: Feb 5, 2012 7:53 PM

    That holding call on Kevin Boothe was just turrible by the way.

  4. bjamesa says: Feb 5, 2012 7:56 PM

    If the Giants win this game, Steve Weatherford should get the MVP. He has been amazing.

  5. dubblelznhell says: Feb 5, 2012 7:56 PM

    No doubt about the boothe call. Even colinsworth said, “any time Vince wilfork is Rolling over, they’re gonna call holding”. I didn’t see a distinguishable hold. He caught him for a second and wilfork rolled over.

  6. tedmurph says: Feb 5, 2012 7:56 PM

    Right away with the excuses. Giants scored 7 pts on offense, after a turnover was negated by a penalty. What game are you watching?

  7. zonedogz says: Feb 5, 2012 7:56 PM

    Giants better be worried. Pats were dominated and Brady spotted ‘em 2 but are ahead. Watch out in 2nd half!

  8. gimmeabruschi says: Feb 5, 2012 8:00 PM

    Giants’ vaunted D-line doing little so far.

  9. richeisennflnetwork says: Feb 5, 2012 8:00 PM

    Its going to be an up hill climb for the Giants to beat both the Pats and the Refs.

  10. cylondetector says: Feb 5, 2012 8:01 PM

    Go Patriots.

    Hopefully a game defining drive at the end of the 1st half….7 more at the start of the 2nd please!

  11. dd2189 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:01 PM

    giants allowed bready to get hot 10/10 last drive longest drive in superbowl history.

  12. gimmeabruschi says: Feb 5, 2012 8:01 PM

    dubblelznhell says: Feb 5, 2012 7:56 PM

    No doubt about the boothe call. Even colinsworth said, “any time Vince wilfork is Rolling over, they’re gonna call holding”. I didn’t see a distinguishable hold. He caught him for a second and wilfork rolled over.

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    When you grab a guy under has arm and turn him, that’s a hold.

  13. revengeofthehoodie says: Feb 5, 2012 8:06 PM

    Joe Montana my a$$.

    Longest drive in SB history. I guess it must have been a mirage.

  14. tedmurph says: Feb 5, 2012 8:08 PM

    Don’t know who’s gonna win the game, but I love how Collinsworth(htr) and Michaels were touting a mismatch 2min into the 2nd qtr

  15. guestsinger says: Feb 5, 2012 8:10 PM

    gimmeabruschi says:
    Feb 5, 2012 8:01 PM

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    Like the hold for 4 seconds in front of Brady for the touchdown?

  16. kingpel says: Feb 5, 2012 8:11 PM

    With these two cry baby fan bases, please just put the whistles away in the 2nd half and let this game be won or lost on the field.

  17. gcsuk says: Feb 5, 2012 8:13 PM

    Great so far. Pulling for my Giants, but the officiating has not been a factor luckily. Good calls, and the patriots have earned all their points. Can’t take away from the fact that they have had 2 really good (1 great) drive. Any penalties have been fair calls.

  18. shutyofacepunk says: Feb 5, 2012 8:13 PM

    Get the excuses ready giants fans. Brady not looking so rattled.

  19. gmen1990 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:13 PM

    Giants D-Line will step up in the 2nd half…. They always do. As long as we can pressure Brady bunch, we’ll win. Look out for a 3rd quarter pick by Brady that will turn the game around.

  20. blizzard01 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:15 PM

    An old school Super Bowl.

    Dull.

  21. krose91 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:19 PM

    No pass interference call. Holding call just because Wilfork got stopped. No review on a doubtful possible fumble. Giants get robbed. Kraft lost his wife. Patriots have to win the Super Bowl.

  22. preventoffense says: Feb 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    looks like the Pats fans were too cheap to travel to the bowl and are on here instead. Looks like the government checks need to be increased.

  23. lemmam says: Feb 5, 2012 8:25 PM

    it was NOT holding on the giants. the off player did not restrict his opponent.

  24. guestsinger says: Feb 5, 2012 8:31 PM

    The holding by the Pat continues on the edge. Might as well call this the WWF Bowl. A sham.

  25. tedmurph says: Feb 5, 2012 8:32 PM

    Like how the giants fans aren’t saying, ‘we can beat ‘em, we’re the better team’. All about the refs. I thought ravens fans were bad.

  26. thefiesty1 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:35 PM

    Game plan for Giants doesn’t seem to be working too well, yet.

  27. sparty123 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:48 PM

    Lets go patroits!!

  28. mrfanning1 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:49 PM

    Let’s go patriots

  29. nyj10 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:50 PM

    everybody talked about the passing game. WHAT ABOUT THE RUNNING GAME??

  30. wildcat067 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:52 PM

    Half time show was really unimpressive. Poor choice NFL…all that money and couldn’t find someone who is relevant and current.

  31. fullyinked513 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:52 PM

    Giants all the Way!

  32. colbyh1997 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:52 PM

    Lego pats

  33. colbyh1997 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:53 PM

    Wats on the other channels

  34. colbyh1997 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:54 PM

    I can’t wait for the voice

  35. djkay says: Feb 5, 2012 8:54 PM

    Go Patriots!!

  36. guestsinger says: Feb 5, 2012 8:55 PM

    The Patriots do have a great plan – hold the receivers on the line, hold the rushers on the edge, and hit the receivers early and hard. Sometimes they get the calls and sometimes they don’t. Tonight so far they have.

    As for Brady the sandwich maker — when you have enought time to start the coffee and make a sandwich before you throw the ball it is a lot easier, although he does throw a mean laser.

  37. pftcensorssuck says: Feb 5, 2012 8:56 PM

    richeisennflnetwork says:
    Feb 5, 2012 8:00 PM
    Its going to be an up hill climb for the Giants to beat both the Pats and the Refs.

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    You mean the guys who gave them a two point lead at the start on a cheesey intentional grounding call?

    THOSE refs?

  38. patriot1995 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:56 PM

    This is going to be a close game

  39. zaggs says: Feb 5, 2012 8:57 PM

    Last drive, no call on guy grabbing Jacobs’s face mask, last play before the FG, no call defensive holding ballard.

  40. guestsinger says: Feb 5, 2012 9:03 PM

    @pftcensorssuck
    What aspect of that play would negate intentional grounding? He was between the tackles, threw it no where near a reciever, and barely got the ball away before being hit after dropping back away from the pursuer.

  41. patriot1995 says: Feb 5, 2012 9:05 PM

    PATRIOTS ALL DAY we taken it all the way know matter what …….
    Ps whats with all these damn fumbles

  42. camogirl1012 says: Feb 5, 2012 9:06 PM

    Go patriots

  43. mavs1rock1 says: Feb 5, 2012 9:28 PM

    Go patriots! That’s all I got to say

  44. usmc23 says: Feb 5, 2012 9:32 PM

    lets go patriots

  45. cr125racer says: Feb 5, 2012 9:48 PM

    :51 to go. not lookin good. come on Brady

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