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.
Bill Belichick was evasive when asked about the decision to allow Ahmad Bradshaw to score the eventual game-winning touchdown.
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.
Bradshaw heard Eli Manning tell him not to score the winning touchdown, but couldn’t stop. “I tried to declare myself down, but then I just fell into the end zone,” he said.
A collective hush fell over sports bars across Eastern Massachusetts as Tom Brady’s last-second bomb fell incomplete and the Giants defeated the Patriots.