For the first time in Super Bowl XLVI, both the Giants and Patriots scored in the same quarter. The Patriots started the second half with all the momentum, scoring on their first drive on a touchdown from Tom Brady to tight end Aaron Hernandez capping off an eight play, 79-yard drive.
The Giants answered right back but in the form of a field goal instead of a touchdown. Once again the Patriots defense bent but didn't break as they stopped Eli Manning and the Giants offense from making their way into the end zone. However, they did give up three points as Lawrence Tynes put a kick through the uprights, narrowing the Patriots' 10-point lead to eight.
The Patriots went three-and-out on their next drive, giving the ball right back to the Giants. Once again, Eli and the New York offense was unable to get into the end zone Tynes was able to put another three points on the board in the form of a 33-yard field goal.
Brady and the Patriots' offense took over with less than a minute left in the quarter and still had the ball when time ran out. They went into the fourth and final quarter leading by two points with a score of 17-15.
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