Patriots Lead Giants 17-9 In Super Bowl

The New England Patriots scored a touchdown to lead the New York Giants 17-9 during 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.

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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