View Photo Gallery: Gisele Bundchen made headlines with her comments after Tom Brady’s Patriots lost to the Giants .

The New York Giants edged the New England Patriots in a riveting Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night, yet somehow the most talked about residual from the instant classic involves the supermodel wife of the losing quarterback.

Gisele Bundchen’s postgame criticism of the Patriots’ receivers for ruining “the best game” of husband Tom Brady’s life, drew national headlines — and plenty of scorn.

On Tuesday, outspoken Giants running back Brandon Jacobs told reporters that Budchen should “stay cute and shut up.”

But one day later, Jacobs recanted, apologizing for his response — or at least most of it.

“Given the fact that it’s a colleague of mine’s wife, I do apologize for saying that, because I shouldn’t have said that,” Jacobs said in an interview on The Doug Gottlieb Show on Wednesday night. “It’s his wife and I should respect that just as much as anyone else.”

As for the “stay cute” line?

“No question, (Brady) should take that as a compliment,” Jacobs said. “If he finds something wrong with that, then that’s his problem.”

Drops plagued the Patriots in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss — most notably Wes Welker’s failure to haul in a difficult ball from Brady on a drive that could have helped New England put the game out of reach.

In a video captured by after the game, Bundchen said, “My husband cannot (expletive) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

When asked about Bundchen’s heat of the moment comments, Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora said: “I mean, that is her husband. She is supposed to stay out of things like that, but at the end of the day that is their relationship and she has the right to say whatever she wants to.”

Fellow Victoria’s Secret model Lindsay Ellingson also came to Bundchen’s defense.

“I think that everybody was getting so into the game, and I think that it’s her husband and she just really cared about it,” Ellingson told MTV News. “I don’t think she meant anything bad by what she said and she was just so passionate, I don’t blame her. (She was) standing up for her man.”

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