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Tom Brady gets the scoring started, hands Giants a safety

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Super Bowl XLVI got started under some bizarre circumstances.

After the Giants were forced to punt on their first possession, the Patriots took over deep in their own territory. And on New England’s first play from scrimmage, Tom Brady dropped back into the end zone, felt pressure, didn’t see anyone open and just chucked the ball deep down the field with no one home.

The officials ruled it intentional grounding, which results in a safety when it’s in the end zone. That’s not how we expected the scoring to get started in the Super Bowl. And it’s going to affect a whole lot of Super Bowl pools. If you had the number two for the Giants in your square, or if you made one of those “safety as the first score” prop bets, you’re enjoying your Super Bowl party right now. The Giants lead 2-0.

UPDATE: And the Patriots’ miscues continue: A Giants fumble on the ensuing possession was wiped out by a 12-men-the-field penalty, and Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz in the end zone two plays later to make it 9-0.

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12 Responses to “Tom Brady gets the scoring started, hands Giants a safety”
  1. sbs0311 says: Feb 5, 2012 6:47 PM

    I have no horse in this race, and I’ll say that was 110% the right call.

    However, cue all the Patriots fans saying their team got screwed in 3…2…1…

  2. paybizzy says: Feb 5, 2012 6:51 PM

    Gonna b a terrible sb……smdh

  3. wooooo8732 says: Feb 5, 2012 6:51 PM

    Per a source..touchdown Cruz

  4. medtxpack says: Feb 5, 2012 6:55 PM

    Didnt the Pats practice?

  5. situsavaisprier says: Feb 5, 2012 6:55 PM

    Just want to make sure, didn’t Brady do that because of PRESSURE?? You know what Pierre Paul said that many said was trash talking?? Just making sure. GO GIANTS!!

  6. ballsooharduniversity says: Feb 5, 2012 7:02 PM

    ballsoharduniversity

  7. bigjimatch says: Feb 5, 2012 7:03 PM

    Obviously, this is part of the game plan. just wait until practiving the halftime break start to pay dividends.

  8. dmobey says: Feb 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    Too bad New England can’t illegally record the other team’s practices.

    They were better when they were allowed to cheat.

  9. chinaboy55 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:34 PM

    Go pats

  10. swagger52 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:33 PM

    Rex Ryan thinks Tom Brady-chise is elite. He is on Brady Island. He throws just like Mark. Rex thinks if only Mark Sanchise had some Tight ends he also would be elite.

  11. swagger52 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:42 PM

    Did Tom Brady set a record with the first offensive play being a Safety in the Superbowl?
    He is elite.

  12. pravin68 says: Feb 6, 2012 6:55 AM

    Brady has played well in only 2 out of 5 SBs. He was a passenger in that Rams SB win where Ty Law had a pick 6. He was above average in the two Giants SBs, but not elite. Still, he is one of the top QBs of all time, but no Montana.

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