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Patriots waited too long to let Giants score touchdown and it cost them

The Patriots allowed the Giants to score a touchdown with just under a minute left in the Super Bowl for one of the most bizarre TDs in the big game’s history. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw burst up the middle before realizing the Pats were letting him score. He tried to kneel down but he lacked the presence to do so. The Giants’ defense bailed him out with a stellar series to win the game, but it was clear the team wanted to run out the clock and kick a field goal to win the game. And that’s where New England went wrong.

I’ve said so many times before that the right move for a team that’s about to lose by a short field goal with no time left is to let the opponent score a touchdown. You have to give your offense time to work with. Extra-point type field goals are converted at like a 99% rate. You don’t want the game to end on one of those — you’d rather give your offense a shot to win.

Folks on Twitter were talking about how Bill Belichick was gambling by letting Ahmad Bradshaw score. He wasn’t. That was the right call, but it was made too late. As I said on Twitter a few minutes before the Bradshaw TD, the Pats should have let Hakeem Nicks score instead of pushing him out of bounds after he got the first down. They would have had an extra 15 seconds on their final drive.

It wasn’t just poor execution on the field that kept New England from winning, it was also some bad coaching.

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Wes Welker’s drop lets Giants back into game, leads to Super Bowl loss

The Giants have come from behind to beat the Patriots twice in Super Bowls. Two dropped passes that will likely be overlooked by most fans helped New York come back and win the games.

Four years ago, it was Asante Samuel dropping a sure interception before David Tyree’s miracle catch that led to the loss. This year, it was Wes Welker’s drop on a 2nd and 11 pass in Giants territory that turned the tide.

Welker had the ball in his hands around the 20 and it went off his finger tips. The reaction from the defensive players on the sideline was nothing but disappointment and disgust; they knew a huge opportunity was missed.

The Patriots were up 17-15 at the time and were driving. A touchdown would have put them up 24-15 and would have come close to icing the game. A field goal would have put the pressure on the Giants to score a touchdown on their next drive, which could have happened, but was no certainty.

As Bill Belichick likes to frequently say, they made more plays and that was the difference. The Giants, as they have throughout the playoffs, converted in tight situations. The earned the Super Bowl by making big-time plays. The Patriots will have to live the rest of their lives knowing they had the game in hand and blew it.

MIA flips the bird during halftime show of Super Bowl (Picture, Video)

We already saw a massive fine and change to all broadcasting after Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl. I wonder what the FCC is going to do about MIA flipping the bird to the world during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI? No doubt this has been planned by MIA for a long time. You don’t just say “I don’t give a s***” and flip everyone the middle finger without knowing that you’re going to get a huge reaction. That’s exactly what she was looking for — plenty of publicity. She’ll get it, but she’ll also be known as the person who flipped the bird during the Super Bowl halftime show from now on.

Here is a video of the incident:

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‘World Peace’ ends Super Bowl halftime show, shout out to Metta?

The phrase “world peace” ended the halftime show of the Super Bowl and it didn’t take long for the Ron Artest jokes to come flying in. Even the man himself, Metta World Peace, joked about it being a shoutout to him.

Yeah, sorry to disappoint, but I’m pretty sure people were hoping for world peace long before Ron Ron changed his name. Still, Baron Davis had an outstanding tweet, saying “Sick shout out to Ron Artest at the end. Who does his marketing #genius”

I guess the name change was worth it just for that.

Rush Limbaugh caught picking his nose in Robert Kraft’s box during Super Bowl?

While most of America was probably focusing on Steven Tyler, some observant folks noticed that there was a man picking his nose in the background of the shot. The geniuses at Deadspin say it’s conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh who was caught picking his nose in Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s luxury box.

In case you’re wondering what Limbaugh would be doing in Kraft’s box, it looks like the two are fairly close — Kraft attended Limbaugh’s wedding in 2010.

Safety as first score in Super Bowl reportedly wins bettor $15,000

Tom Brady’s intentional grounding penalty from the end zone in the first quarter of the Super Bowl resulted in a safety for the Giants, giving them a 2-0 lead. The safety as the first score in the game was a big deal in sports books because it had a large payout.

According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, a safety being the first score of the game paid 75:1. That means if you bet $10 on a safety being the first score, you were paid $750.

One person reportedly cashed in even bigger than that.

CNBC reporter Darren Rovell says a bettor at sportsbook.com wagered $200 that a safety would be the first score of the game. The lucky person ended up winning $15,000.

We didn’t encourage people to spend their money on Super Bowl prop bets, but there certainly was plenty of room to profit like this person.

Oh yeah, and that was a terrible play by Tom Brady. Even a rookie quarterback should know much better than to heave a ball downfield with no receivers around, let alone a veteran who’s won regular season and Super Bowl MVP.

UPDATE: It looks like another savvy bettor won $50,000 betting a grand that the first score would be a safety. Here’s that winning ticket:

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Chris Canty predicts Giants win Super Bowl 28-17, deletes tweet

Of all the players on the Giants, who figured that defensive tackle Chris Canty would end up being the most boastful? The same guy whose message to Giants fans before the game was to get ready for a parade predicted his team would win the Super Bowl 28-17. Here’s the tweet he sent about five hours before gametime Sunday, in response to someone’s question:

Canty deleted the message, but the prediction was out their long enough to know his thoughts.

Thanks to Patriots Plus for sharing the tweet.