(INDIANAPOLIS) — The New England Patriots will have a long off-season after losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46, 21-17.
They lead 10-9 going into the half, but when they came out of the locker room after halftime, they got more Giants than they could handle.
Tom Brady watched from the sidelines as Eli Manning lead his team 88 yards down the field in the Super Bowl, just like he did in Super Bowl 42.
“You know everybody feels like we could of done more. I said after the game I’ll keep coming to this game and keep trying, I’d rather come to this game and lose then not get here,” said Brady. Hopefully we’ll be back at some point. We had a great year; we just didn’t make enough plays today.”
The Patriots did have a 17-15 lead in the fourth quarter and could of sealed the game had Wes Welker hauled in a pass from Brady but instead was dropped and the Patriots could not convert, punting the ball back to New York.
Welker who Patriots fans saw all season pull in catch after catch like that says he takes all the blame.
“Hit me right on the hands, you know? It’s a play I never drop, I always make. Most critical situation, you know, I let the team down,” said Welker.
Head coach Bill Belichick says the Giants made a couple more big plays than they did.
“I thought we played very competitively, we had our moments where we moved the ball, where we stopped them. I mean look we were in the lead for a good part of the game. I thought all of our players played competitively, we just came up a couple plays short.”
This was the fifth trip to a Super Bowl for Brady and Belichick, which tied a record.
They’ll have a long off-season to think about the missed opportunities of Super Bowl 46 and start working towards getting to 47 very soon.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire