Third-quarter thoughts

The Patriots opened the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVI with a 79-yard touchdown drive, a good sign because they came out and did something with the ball to open the third quarter and increase their lead.

The Giants came right back on the next drive, but had to kick a field goal.

On the next series, the Giants’ defense force a three-and-out and there was some concern that QB Tom Brady was injured on the sack by Giants DL Justin Tuck. The Giants took over with great field position on the 50-yard line, but Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich came up with a big play, a sack that put the Giants into long yardage and forced them to kick another field goal.

These two teams are very high-scoring fourth-quarter teams, so with the score like it is — a two-point difference — the fourth quarter should be really interesting. Thirty-two points at the end of the third quarter is a relatively low-scoring game.

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