Super Bowl Halftime Score: 10-9 Patriots. Madonna Time.

Let's recap -

Super Bowl XLVI got off to an ugly start with an intentional grounding call on Tom Brady and the Patriots at the 9:00 minute mark while Brady was in his own end zone, and that resulted in a safety. 2-0 Giants. And I'm sure you all called that one.

The ensuing Giants possession was a 9-play, 78 yard drive that resulted in an Eli Manning to Victor Cruz touchdown. That was certainly more predictable, and for the most part, the Giants dominated the 1st quarter and led 9-0 at its end. Eli started out the game 9-for-9 passing, a Super Bowl record, and the Giants venerable defensive line did their thing, pressuring Tom Brady and knocking down several of his passes at the line of scrimmage.


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The 2nd quarter was a little more evenly balanced, with the Patriots picking up an early three points on a Steven Gostkowski field goal with 13:52 on the clock to cut the lead to 9-3. After that, both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the quarter with not much to show for it. With 4:03 left in the quarter, the Patriots took control of the ball, marched down the field on masterful 14-play, 96 yard drive that ended in a Tom Brady to Danny Woodhead 4-yard touchdown pass with 0:08 seconds remaining in the half.

So there you have it. I'd say it's been a pretty evenly matched battle thus far, it's 10-9 Patriots at half, and it's anyone's game. Stay tuned...

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.

For more on the Seahawks, more importantly, check out Field Gulls.

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