INDIANAPOLIS — Breathe easy, Patriots fans. Your team’s on the scoreboard.
Tom Brady bounced back from his ugly intentional-grounding penalty to lead the Patriots on a 10-play, 60-yard march inside the Giants’ 20. The drive stalled short of the end zone, but Stephen Gostkowski converted a 29-yard field goal to cut the Patriots’ deficit to 9-3.
Some interesting stats courtesy of the NFL Network research crew: The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history is overcoming a 10-point deficit, which has happened twice.
In Super Bowl XXII, the Redskins trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter but outscored the Broncos 35-0 in the second quarter and won 42-10.
In Super Bowl XLIV, the Saints trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter but outscored the Colts 15-0 in the fourth quarter and won 31-17.
Also of note, the Patriots are no strangers to coming from behind this season. They trailed the Dolphins 17-0 at halftime in Week 16 and trailed the Bills 21-0 in Week 17. New England won both games.
Unrelated but worth mentioning: The Boston Globe reported that Patriots were having trouble with their headsets during the first quarter. Assistant coaches Pepper Johnson and Matt Patricia had to get new ones.
– Dan Hanzus