3. Patriots lose to Giants in Super Bowl
It was another Giant loss for New England.
The Patriots led the Giants by two points with less than four minutes to play. But then it all came undone for the Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, four years after New England saw its perfect season implode against the same New York Giants in Arizona.
The final score was 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI and instead of their fourth Super Bowl victory since 2001, the Patriots have two straight last-minute losses to the Giants.
The Patriots led 17-15 with 4:06 remaining when quarterback Tom Brady dropped back to pass on second-and-11 from the New York 44-yard line. Brady threw toward a wide open Welker with the end zone just 20 yards away. But Welker could not come down with the ball.
“It’s one of those plays I made 1,000 times,” Welker said. “The ball is right there. I’ve just got to make the play.”
Shortly afterward, it was a 38-yard sideline pass from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham with three and a half minutes to play that set New York on its way to victory. The Patriots defense eventually let running back Ahmad Bradshaw score the game-winning touchdown with the hopes of giving Brady as much time as possible to lead the team to a miracle finish.
But a last-gasp end zone Hail Mary pass for Aaron Hernandez bounced around and then fell to the ground as the New England comeback fell short.