New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) sits on the ground after throwing an interception during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis Star
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tom Brady's two long incompletions in the final minutes, and several missed chances throughout the game cost the New England Patriots a chance at another Super Bowl victory.
It also resulted in their second loss to the New York Giants in the big game in four years, 21-17 on Sunday.
With just over four minutes left, Brady threw up the left side to a wide-open Wes Welker. But Brady's most reliable receiver -- and the NFL leader with 122 catches-- couldn't hang on.
Minutes later, the Giants then marched for the go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds remaining.
Brady had one last chance. He threw a desperation pass half the length of the field into the end zone. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez went up in a mass of defenders, but the ball fell to the ground as time ran out.