INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Manning has answered the bell every time the Giants have needed him to this postseason.
After the Patriots went ahead 17-9 on a 12-yard touchdown strike from Tom Brady to Aaron Hernandez, the Giants desperately needed Manning to step up once again.
It looked like Manning was on pace to do just that until Patriots safety Patrick Chung delivered a huge hit on Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, dislodging the ball and negating what would have been a first-and-goal opportunity for Big Blue. The Giants faced second-and-10 from the Patriots’ 25-yard line after the incompletion and eventually had to settle for a 38-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes.
Patriots 17, Giants 12.
— David Ely