Tom Brady has pulled off some serious miracles in his career, but if he can somehow lead the New England Patriots to victory in this Super Bowl, it'll be his biggest comeback ever. Thanks to some absolutely incredible work by Mario Manningham and Eli Manning, the New York Giants lead by a score of 21-17 with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
The defining play of the drive was the first play of the drive, a spectacular pass from Manning to Manningham for 38 yards, which got the Giants down to the 50-yard line. The play was challenged by the Patriots, but Manningham barely got two feet in bounds to make the catch, and it stood as called on the field. Manningham made two more receptions on the drive, while Hakeem Nicks also made two big catches to set up the touchdown.
Knowing that the Giants could run the clock down significantly, giving them virtually no time to score, the Patriots allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to score a rushing touchdown. Realizing what his opponents were doing at the last second, Bradshaw tried to go down at the one, but rolled across the plane to score.
The Patriots will receive the ensuing kickoff with 57 seconds remaining and one timeout. Brady hasn't looked great in the fourth quarter, while Wes Welker dropped a ball on the last drive and Rob Gronkowski has been virtually invisible.
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