EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


February 6, 2012

Shades of Tyree

Mario Manningham's sideline grab will be remembered as the play that beat the Patriots


A business to the very end

If you weren't sure how ruthless a business this is and how heartless a coach can be, I bring you Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots and the last two days.

First on Saturday, New England releases receiver Tiquan Underwood to activate practice squad defensive end Alex Silvestro.

Then on Sunday, Belichick and the Pats hold 13-year veteran Faulk on the inactive list.

Now, is that 45th spot that important that the classy veteran couldn't dress one more time?

Like the champion he is, Faulk was out there on the sideline, rooting his mates on.

Playing keepaway

You're excused if you felt like the Giants held the ball for the entire first half.

New York held the ball for a whopping 19:45 of the first two quarters, nearly twice that of the 10:15 time of possession for the Patriots.

Of that time for the Patriots, 4:03 came on the final possession of the half.

That trend continued through three quarters, where once again the Giants nearly doubled the Pats, with the TOP 29:23 for New York and 15:37 for New England.

Quarter dominance

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was in on five tackles in the first quarter alone.

The Giants needed to make just five tackles in the entire first frame, in which the Patriots ran just five plays for 51 yards.

The Giants, by comparison, ran 17 plays for 116 yards and the touchdown to Cruz.

Ford pays price for his ticket

Attorney Mark Ford of North Andover paid a hefty price for his seat in section 209.

No, not in dollars.

"But I was forced to sit with five Giants' fans," said Ford, who picked up the opportunity to go to the game from a college (Villanova) friend from New Jersey.

Ford drove to the Garden State and the six flew out on a private jet yesterday morning.

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