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Super Bowl 2012 Score Update: Patriots Hold Slim 17-15 Lead As Fourth Quarter Begins

With the score at 10-9 going into the third quarter of play, the New England Patriots used the advantage they had of getting the ball first to their advantage, driving to an Aaron Hernandez touchdown early on. They never replicated the same success, but the New York Giants offense wasn't able to turn it on and respond with any TDs of their own. Tom Brady was an absolute beast after setting the record for most consecutive completions in a Super Bowl by a quarterback.

Later in the quarter, Lawrence Tynes kicked two field goals for the Giants in close range after the Patriots defense began to cover the receivers too well for Eli Manning to overcome it. The fourth quarter will begin with the Patriots holding both the ball and a 17-15 lead in this close game.

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