Super Bowl 2012 Score Update: Patriots Still Up 17-15 Midway Through Fourth, Jake Ballard Leaves With Injury

The New York Giants picked off Tom Brady on a deep desperation pass early in the fourth quarter. Brady evaded two would-be sacks on first down from the Pats 43-yard line and tried to bomb it to Rob Gronkowski, but linebacker Chase Blackburn was able to get in front of the slightly underthrown pass and haul it in.

The Giants took over on their own 7-yard line, and marched down the field on some accurate, methodical passing from Eli Manning. Unfortunately, the drive stalled on the Pats 43-yard line after Mario Manningham was unable to keep both feet in bounds on a teardrop pass from Manning. The play would have put the Giants in great field goal position, at the very least. Instead, they had to settle for another punt.

The Giants are down to just Bear Pascoe at tight end, after Travis Beckum injured his ACL in the first quarter and Jake Ballard went down with another knee injury in the fourth. Judging by the .gif, don't expect him to Ballard to return any time soon.

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