The New York Giants are leading the New England Patriots 9-3 early into the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants got on the board first when Tom Brady was called for an intentional grounding penalty when he dropped back looking for a player downfield but he found no one and threw the ball away down the field. By being called for intentional grounding in the endzone the Giants were awarded a safety.
The Giants then received the ball after the safety and were able to carve up the Patriots secondary and scored a touchdown on a nine-play 78 yard drive. Eli Manning completed all four of his pass on the drive which was capped on a 2-yard pass to Victor Cruz to put the Giants up 9-0.
The drive almost came up for naught when the Patriots Sterling Moore stripped the Giants Victor Cruz, but the Patriots had 12 men on the field so the penalty trumped the fumble and allowed the Giants to keep possession of the ball.
The Patriots would not be held off of the scoreboard for long as they were able to put up a 29-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
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