With the game on the line, Tom Brady would be a quarterback you want to go to.
Maybe not against the New York Giants.
The Giants withstood a late New England push to win Super Bowl XLVI, besting the Patriots 21-17 on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
After a touchback, the Patriots took over at their own 20-yard line. A pass intended for Deion Branch was tipped at the last second. Then Aaron Hernandez dropped a clear first down. On third down, Brady was sacked by Justin Tuck at the 13-yard line and New England had to burn its final timeout with 39 seconds left.
On fourth down, Brady escaped the pocket, evading Jason Pierre Paul, and finding Branch for 19 yards. On the next play, he found Hernandez down the middle for 11 yards and had to spike it with 17 seconds left.
On the ensuing play, the Giants had too many men on the field, but the play took the clock down to nine seconds left. Branch couldn’t stay in bounds on the next play, leaving New England with five seconds left at its own 49-yard line.
Brady threw up one final heave with receivers there, but it fell incomplete in the end zone, as Rob Gronkowski couldn’t find it at the last second as the ball fell harmlessly to the turf.
Brady finished 27-of-41 for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Manning was 30-of-40 for 296 yards and a score.