Instant analysis: Third quarter

Instant analysis: Third quarter
February 6, 2012, 2:01 am
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Second-quarter instant analysis

First-quarter instant analysis

THIRD QUARTER

Just as I predicted to people on the phone and via text, the Patriots looked to hit their stride to start the second half. Brady got Ochocinco on the stat sheet to start and quickly moved into Giants territory.

Brady set a Super Bowl record early in the quarter with his 14th straight completion, breaking Joe Montanas record in Super Bowl 24.

The Patriots went with a rare heavy set (two backs) and it might have thrown the Giants off guard. BenJarvis Green-Ellis ran outside to get the inches he needed for a first down.

How crazy was it to see the Patriots move down the field and not hear the names Hernandez or Gronkowski called? Until, of course, Brady threw for the touchdown to AH81. Linebacker Chase Blackburn had zero, zip, no chance against Hernandez. The quickness displayed was impressive. That made it 17-9. Back-to-back drives of 96 and 79 drives.

Houses on wheels drag-racing to promote Internet service. Interesting.

Wheres Peyton?

On their first third down conversion in the quarter, the Giants ran what the Redskins did a lot run the slot guy in a route that frees up the outside receiver on an in route. Manning threw to Nicks over the middle.

Ol Double Bullet Devin Thomas got on the field for a Giants offensive snap.

Nice job by rookie Sterling Moore, the Patriots rookie cornerback, stopping Manningham playing the route and forcing a Lawrence Tynes field goal to cut the Patriots lead to 17-12 (barely) at the 6:43 mark.

More polar bears enjoying Coke.

The Giants had to settle for another field goal when on third down, the Patriots used a three-man rush plus good coverage to sack Manning. Kareem McKenzie was turned around on the play.