Christopher L. Gasper
Patriots simply lost to a more talented team
The lesson is that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady didn’t win those three Super Bowls on their own. They need better complementary parts to win a championship.
Ultimately, Patriots couldn’t get Giants off field
The fact remains the Giants won - again - and the Patriots lost - again - because when it had to be done, the Patriots could not stop the Giants.
Welker couldn’t corral a pass late in the game that could have helped seal a win. “It’s one I’ll have to live with,” he said.
Rob Gronkowski plays just a small role
Gronkowski patiently repeated that he was “100 percent’’ when asked whether his sprained ankle limited him, but he was all but invisible in the Super Bowl.
Tom Coughlin steps onto new level
Coughlin said he felt a special bond with this team and expressed pride in their becoming the fifth franchise that has won four or more Super Bowls.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't do much talking after his Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17. He gave his respects to the Giants, but was markedly sullen.
Mario Manningham's catch put Giants over top
Manningham made a dazzling catch that sparked the Giants on their winning drive. It was similar in effect to David Tyree’s catch from four years earlier.
When the Giants broke the huddle Eli Manning knew there was something he had neglected to say. The quarterback knew he should have talked to Ahmad Bradshaw . So he started yelling.
The crushing loss of last night’s Super Bowl left New England Patriots fans sulking out of sports bars across the region, in despair after the long-awaited game they hoped would rectify their loss to the New York Giants in the big game four years ago. When the Giants took the lead, fans from the Fenway to Foxborough pulled their hair, gasped, and shouted in a collective howl of rooter’s anguish, capping a see-saw of emotions that tugged at them throughout the close game.