It’s halftime of Super Bowl 42, and still we don’t know if Tom Petty’s band will be the only Heartbreakers in University of Phoenix Stadium. The New York football Giants still could claim that title.
Through a half, the Giant defense is playing a game for the ages. New England has had the ball four times, with only a 56-yard touchdown drive — saved by a third-down pass interference penalty — to show for it. Giant lineman Jason Tuck is playing the game of his life, and the rest of the New York defenders aren’t half bad, either.
The Patriots have eight first downs, and four of those came on that opening drive. New England has just 81 total yards, 58 fewer than the Giants. Yes, the Patriots lead 7-3, but New York has turned this into just the kind of game it can win.
I’ve been saying it all night, but I think Tom Brady is going to have to go to Wes Welker more. Randy Moss got open for an 18-yard gain late in the first half, but a couple of other times, Brady tried to go deep to Moss, and it’s just not there. New England will have to try to chop up the Giants with quick passes. New York’s pass rush is too good for Brady to get much time to throw.
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