Brady’s pass picked to open fourth quarter

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady‘s first interception of Super Bowl XLVI was a memorable one.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Brady broke free from Giants defensive linemen Linval Joseph and Rocky Bernard before spotting Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski down the field. Brady airmailed a pass that LB Chase Blackburn intercepted at New York’s 8-yard line.

We’ve seen Gronkowski separate from defenders repeatedly this season to make this type of grab. Perhaps it’s the tweaked ankle — and taking nothing away from Blackburn, who nearly took an eighth-grade teaching job earlier this season — but Gronkowski found himself tangled up this time around.

Brady was shoved to the ground on the play by Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul. The heart and soul of the Patriots sat upright on the turf in frustration.

One thing’s clear: This one’s coming down to the end.

— Marc Sessler

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