Following the New England Patriots' second drive of the second half, it really looked like hey were going to run away with Super Bowl XLVI and win their fourth Super Bowl in the last 10 seasons.
That obviously did not happen.
Tom Brady had marched his Patriots on an epic 14-play, 96-yard drive that was capped off with a 12-yard touchdown strike to Aaron Hernandez. At the time, New England held a commanding 17-9 lead over the New York Giants.
With 11:20 left in the third, the Patriots failed to score a single point.
From that point on, Brady and the Patriots had numerous chances of sealing the game and burying the Giants—but they failed to make the plays.
“We just didn’t make enough plays,” Brady told the media following the Super Bowl loss. “First quarter we didn’t have the ball a ton, second quarter was a little bit better. Third quarter we started well. it came down to the fourth quarter, and they made some plays at the end. We just didn’t make the plays.”
One distinct play the Patriots missed on was in their second-to-last drive of the game where Brady looked to connect with Wes Welker running down the left seam but ultimately Welker dropped it. He had it in his hands, but dropped it—and that's how New England's night went.
There are so many plays that you can look back on that if the Patriots had actually completed then we would looking at the Patriots being celebrated as world champions.
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