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New York 21 New England 17. Key penalties, dropped passes, an ill-advised pass resulted in the Patriots failure to put away the Giants.

First, who was Brady throwing that first pass to? It looked like miscommunication since there wasn't a receiver anywhere near the ball. But it turned out to be intentional grounding and a safety since Brady didn't leave the pocket and was viewed by the officials as throwing ball the away when Justin Tuck applied pressure to Brady.

The next penalty came on the ensuing Giant possession at about the Patriot 11 yard line when they got caught with 12 men on the field. That negated a possible turnover since it would have been under review. The Giants scored on the next play on a slant pattern.

New England appeared to take control of the game when they began a 98 yard drive. They actually started on the four, but an illegal procedure penalty move the ball back to the two. They would score when Jason Pierre-Paul inexplicably dropped into underneath coverage and didn't rush Brady allowing him to buy time and find an open receiver. Brady would pick New York apart on the opening drive of the second half for another score.

By that time, the Giants had made adjustments to their pass rush and were able to pressure Brady from time to time.

New England would have two possessions to put away New York in the fourth quarter. The first ended with an ill-advised pass to tight end Ron Gronkowski. Brady essentially threw the ball up for grabs, but had forgotten that Gronkoswki's high ankle sprain had robbed him of any mobility as he was unable to play jump ball with the defender.

Dropped passes by Wes Walker on a play he normally makes and two by Deion Branch, the second coming on New England's last ditch effort. A better throw by Brady and Branch might have been off to the races.

As for the Giants, they were nearly done in by failure to finish off drives and failure on third down on both sides of the ball.

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Both teams did a good job preventing the deep ball. New England was trying to keep its inexperienced secondary from being exposed in one on one coverage, but they gave Giants receivers a little too much room underneath, especially on New York's game winning drive. If Brady had been able to lead Deion Branch on the next play after Wes Walker's dropped pass, it might have been off to the races for Branch. Actually, the same thing in either pass to Branch.

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Under the category "the media revealed what insiders already knew," it has come out that teams routinely paid a bounty to knock opposing players out of the game. The biggest surprise is it took this long for it to come out in the open. The bluntest comment came from former NFL player Matt Bowen who wrote in the Chicago Tribune, "Bounties, cheap shots, whatever you want to call them, they are a part of this game."

Another interested party would be the IRS, who are likely to consider bounties extra income. What's the surprise here? None.

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