Super Bowl instant analysis

Super Bowl instant analysis
February 6, 2012, 2:55 am
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Third-quarter analysis

Second-quarter analysis

First-quarter analysis

FOURTH QUARTER

A crazy play to start the quarter, Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn intercepting Tom Brady well downfield. It reminded me of a few times in coverage that London Fletcher would get turned every which way but eventually recovered to break up the pass.

Big penalty on Rob Ninkovich, who jumped offside on third-and-seven (5-yard penalty) to give the Giants life. On the next play, Eli Manning threw to Hakeem Nicks for a first down to give New York some field position breathing room.

Bad sequence for the Giants early in the fourth quarter. They lost tight end Jake Ballard, blew a second timeout, committed a false-start penalty and couldnt convert a third-down pass. The third down was a bang-bang play to Mario Manningham. Sterling Moore had his left hand on Manninghams shoulder, but the call could have gone either way.

A big play by Brady on third down when the Giants blitzed from his blind side he threw quickly to Danny Woodhead to give the Patriots some space (32-yard line).

A few plays later, nice call by Bill OBrien a reverse with Wes Welker that gained the first down. They hadnt done any misdirection up until that point.

Welker is going to have that drop in his nightmares for a long time.

The Giants took over at the 12-yard line with 3:46 remaining and one time out and Manning threw to midfield to Manningham. Bill Belichick really didnt have a choice but to challenge the play.

A free agent-to-be, Manningham made himself some money tonight, that bad route-running on his first deep pass chance aside.

Right before the two-minute warning, safety Patrick Chung blitzed and Manning took advantage by throwing it to that vacated side to Nicks.

Allowing Ahmad Bradshaw to score without resistance with 57 seconds remaining was the right decision by Belichick. The last time it happened in the Super Bowl by my recollection was Green Bay allowing Terrell Davis to score for Denver coached by Mike Shanahan. The Packers got the ball back but didnt score.

Interesting coverage plan by the Giants to start New Englands last drive. Instead of playing a deep cover-2 to keep things in front of them, both safeties stepped up. The drive started with drops by Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez. And then a sack of Brady when Justin Tuck, lined up inside, beat Logan Mankins.

A mystery after the fourth-down conversion why Brady chose to work the middle. By the time he spiked it, there were 17 seconds left.

The Giants were called for 12 men on the field as many times (two) as they had touchdowns (two).