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2012 Super Bowl Update: Patriots Lead 10-9 At Half

The New York Giants will look back at the first half and be frustrated with a handful of missed opportunities, which allowed for the New England Patriots to take a surprising 10-9 lead at halftime of Super Bowl XLIV.

New England scored all of its points in the second quarter, with the Patriots getting a 29-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski at the beginning of the quarter. However, the most important drive of the opening half came in the final minutes, as Tom Brady led a 96-yard drive for a late TD. On the drive, Brady completed all 10 of his attempts, including the TD pass to Danny Woodhead that gave the Patriots the lead.

The Giants received a strong performance from Eli Manning in the opening half, as he completed 13/17 for 120 yards and a TD. The lone TD of the game for New York came on a throw to Victor Cruz and put the Giants up 9-0. However, the Giants will be disappointed in their ability to capitalize on their dominance earlier in the game.

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