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And Another Thing


Giants 9, Patriots 0

INDIANAPOLIS -- One quarter down, and I've gotta say: The Patriots are one rattled football team, weirdly enough.

Twice in three plays, the Patriots had 12 men on the field. The first time nullified a fumble inside the 10 that would have kept the Giants from scoring; the second time actually came on the touchdown play, a short pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz.

And the first score of the game?

The sixth safety in Super Bowl history, when Tom Brady threw a pass to nowhere to keep from being sacked in the end zone.

Which makes you wonder: If the Pats can't stop Manning with 12 men on the field, and Brady's going to be pressured like this all night, how long an evening will it be for New England?

Ben Smith's blog.