Patriots Lead Giants 17-15 After Third Quarter

The New England Patriots lead the New York Giants 17-15 after the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

The Giants went ahead in the first quarter when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding while in his own end zone, resulting in a safety. Victor Cruz then collected a 2-yard scoring pass from Giants quarterback Eli Manning to make it 9-0 at the end of the opening quarter.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 29-yard field goal for the Patriots at the start of the second quarter. Brady then capped a 96-yard scoring drive, tied for the longest in Super Bowl history, with a 4-yard pass to Danny Woodhead eight seconds before halftime to make it 10-9 to New England at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Patriots extended their lead to 17-9 after the opening possession of the third quarter when Brady found Aaron Hernandez with a 12-yard pass to end an eight play, 79-yard drive.

Lawrence Tynes of the Giants then kicked field goals of 38 yards and 33 yards to make it 17-15 to the Patriots.

Each team is seeking a fourth win in the National Football League championship game. The Giants last claimed the title by beating the Patriots after the 2007 season, while New England hasn’t won since beating the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2004 campaign.

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