Quarterly Report
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The Washington Post
Monday, February 4, 2007; Page E06

Giants 3, Patriots 0

The Giants won the coin toss and elected to receive. They got the ball at the 23 and embarked on a drive that used 9 minutes 59 seconds thanks to a heavy dose of running back Brandon Jacobs. New York quarterback Eli Manning kept the drive going by converting four third downs. The only third down the Giants failed to convert on the drive was third and 11 from the Patriots 18. On the play, Manning completed a four-yarder to wide receiver Steve Smith. The Giants settled for a 32-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes. On the ensuing kickoff, Laurence Maroney set up New England at its 44 with a 43-yard return. By the end of the quarter, the Patriots had driven to the Giants 1.

Patriots 7, Giants 3

The Patriots scored on the first play of the quarter when Maroney scored from one yard. New England took a 7-3 lead on a drive that began late in the first period on its 44. Stephen Gostowski booted the following kickoff out of bounds, and the Giants took over at their 40. New York took early advantage of good field position by marching to the Patriots 14. There the Giants faced third and five, but Manning's short pass slipped through Smith's hands, and cornerback Ellis Hobbs caught the carom for the interception. Neither team scored the rest of the way, but the Giants closed the quarter by forcing Tom Brady to fumble and recovered at the New England 49.

Patriots 7, Giants 3

In an otherwise uneventful quarter, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick produced the highlight by throwing a challenge flag. With just over 11 minutes to play, the Patriots faced fourth and two from the Giants 44. With his team in punt formation, Belichick threw a challenge flag as the Giants' Chase Blackburn was running to the sideline. Officials reviewed the play, and they determined Blackburn was a 12th man on the field and did not get off before the Patriots snapped the ball. The result was a five-yard penalty and a first down for New England. The Patriots got to the New York 31, where they went for it on fourth down and 13, but Brady threw incomplete.

Giants 17, Patriots 14

The Giants went ahead 10-7 on their first possession of the quarter. Manning drove them 80 yards, starting with a 45-yard completion to tight end Kevin Boss. On third down and four from the Patriots 29, Manning completed a 17-yarder to Smith. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for seven yards to the 5, and Manning completed a touchdown from there to David Tyree. The Patriots answered with a six-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Randy Moss for a 14-10 lead. That set up the Giants' dramatic comeback in which Manning completed a deep ball to Tyree for 32 yards and a 13-yard touchdown to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds to play for the winning points.

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