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Super Bowl 2012: Patriots Nation Reacts To A Heart Breaking Loss

The New York Giants downed the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. Tom Brady's Hail Mary attempt hit the ground just out of reach of Rob Gronkowski's fingers, and with it hearts across Pats nation broke. For pure, unbridled remorse, head over to the comments section in the fourth quarter open thread at Pats Pulpit. For something slightly more wholesome, here are a few select reactions from the Twittersphere.

Starting with the Patriots players themselves, who obviously weren't too cheerful following the loss.

TE Aaron Hernandez: "Heart-broken"
Feb 06 via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Wes Welker really broken up about the missed big play. "it's one I'll have to live with," he said, fighting back tears.
Feb 06 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Tom Brady looked completely catatonic in locker room. Walked to shower in a daze
Feb 06 via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen was there to console Brady, her husband, before he had to face the media. By all appearances, she isn't taking the loss too well either.

Gisele, moments after rushing to embrace her husband before he spoke to the media.
Feb 06 via Instagram Favorite Retweet Reply

Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated coined a nickname for Ahmad Bradshaw's game-winning touchdown that could become a part of Giants lore for years to come.

The Drive ... The Immaculate Reception ... The Catch ... And finally: The Reluctant Touchdown.
Feb 06 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Meanwhile, Ryan Hudson of SB Nation summed up how many Patriots are probably feeling right now.

Cookie dough cupcake, you're my only friend.
Feb 06 via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Eric Wilbur of the Boston Globe decided to bow out much less gracefully, taking home troll of the night honors.

The legend is dead, the prince has turned back into a frog, and...well, use whatever other cliché you want.

A performance as bad as Tom Brady's tonight in Super Bowl XLVI deserves a lead just as lame.

Sorry, Tommy Boy, this one's on you. Your hideous performance led to the Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl title win. How embarrassing for your coach, your teammates, and your fans.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.