First quarter

GIANTS: Safety, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is called for intentional grounding while throwing from his end zone at 8:52. KEY PLAY: Giants punter Steve Weatherford pins the Patriots deep at their 6-yard line with a 36-yard punt on the play before Brady is penalized. Giants 2, Patriots 0.

GIANTS: Victor Cruz 2-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick). DRIVE: 9-78-5:28. KEY PLAYS: Fullback Henry Hynoski breaks a tackle by cornerback Kyle Arrington for a 13-yard catch to start the drive. Ahmd Bradshaw runs around the left side for a 24-yard gain to the Patriots’ 24. On third-and-3 from the Patriots’ 11, New England recovers a fumble by Cruz but is penalized for having 12 men on the field to give the Giants a new set of downs. Giants 9, Patriots 0

Second quarter

PATRIOTS: Stephen Gostkowsi 29-yard field goal at 13:48. DRIVE: 10-60-4:36. KEY PLAYS: Deion Branch catches a 15-yard pass from Brady on third-and-4 from the Patriots’ 35. On the next play, Brady finds Wes Welker for a 19-yard gain to the Giants’ 31. Giants 9, Patriots 3.

PATRIOTS: Danny Woodhead 4-yard pass from Brady at 0:08 (Gostkowski kick). DRIVE: 14-96-3:55. KEY PLAYS: Rob Gronkowski catches a 20-yard pass to the Patriots’ 35. On third-and-4, Brady hits Aaron Hernandez with a 12-yard pass to the Giants’ 33. Woodhead catches an 8-yard pass from Brady, pushing the ball to the Giants’ 3 with 18 seconds to play Patriots 10, Giants 9.

Third quarter

PATRIOTS: Hernandez 12-yard pass from Brady at 11:20 (Gostkowski kick). DRIVE: 8-79-3:40. KEY PLAYS: Gronkowski catches a 21-yard pass to get the drive off to a strong start to the Patriots’ 42. BenJarvus Green-Ellis 4-yard run on third-and-1 from the Giants’ 24. Brady hits Welker with an 8-yard pass to the New York 12 to set up the touchdown pass. Patriots 17, Giants 9.

GIANTS: Tynes 38-yard field goal at 6:43. DRIVE: 10-45-4:37. KEY PLAYS: Manning finds Hakeem Nicks for an 8-yard gain on third-and-4 from the Giants’ 41, then hits him three plays later for an 11-yard pickup to the Patriots’ 25. Patriots 17, Giants 12.

GIANTS: Tynes 33-yard field goal at 0:35. DRIVE: 9-33-5:01. KEY PLAYS: Manning-to-Hicks for an 18-yard gain to Giants’ 28 before a 5-yard loss on a fumble that New York recovered. Bear Pascoe 12-yard reception to the Patriots’ 11. Manning is sacked for a 6-yard loss by the Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich end the threat. Patriots 17, Giants 15.

Fourth quarter

GIANTS: Bradshaw 6-yard run at 0:57 (two-point conversion run failed). DRIVE: 9-88-2:49. KEY PLAYS: On the first play of the drive, Manning drops back and completes a 38-yard pass to Mario Manningham, who manages to get both feet down in bounds while taking a big hit at midfield. Manning 16-yard pass to Manningham to the Patriots’ 34. Nicks catches a 14-yard pass to the Patriots’ 18. Giants 21, Patriots 17.

FINAL SCORE: Giants 21, Patriots 17.

RECORDS: Giants 13-7. Patriots 15-4.


Sheldon Mickles