Super Bowl: Key plays that doomed the Patriots

  • Super Bowl: Key plays that doomed the Patriots

    Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots is pressured in the endzone by Justin Tuck (91) of the New York Giants in the first quarter resulting in a safety during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Giants beat Patriots 21-17, win Super Bowl Getty Images/Ezra Shaw
    Tom Brady is pressured

    5. Tom Brady's penalty gives Giants a safety

    In a game that was only sealed when a Tom Brady Hail Mary pass fell incomplete as the final seconds ticked away, it was Brady's very first pass attempt of Super Bowl XLVI that proved most damaging.

    On his first pass of the game, Brady was pressured by Justin Tuck in the end zone and threw the ball to an open spot downfield to get rid of it, resulting in a safety.

    Not the way you would expect a two-time Super Bowl MVP to get things started.

    It was just the seventh safety in Super Bowl history. The most recent before that was by the Arizona Cardinals - a team safety - in 2009, when Pittsburgh's Justin Hartwig was called for a hold in the end zone.

    The last player to get credit for a safety before Tuck was Buffalo's Bruce Smith in 1991 against the New York Giants. He sacked Jeff Hostetler in the end zone to give Buffalo a 12-3 lead, but the Giants eventually rallied and won 20-19.

    In a game that came down to the wire, those two points made a big difference.