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---Tom Brady's Super Bowl safety paid $50,000 -- for charity---

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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Tom Brady's Super Bowl safety paid $50,000 -- for charity

New England was hurt early yesterday in the Super Bowl when Tom Bradywas flagged for intentional grounding while throwing from the end zone, giving New York a safety and a 2-0 lead.

The Big Lead reports someone named Jona Rechnitz bet $1,000 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that a safety would be the game's first score, and got 50-to-1 odds on the proposition. The website also posted a photo of the winning ticket.

TMZ later reported that Rechnitz plans to donate the winnings, including $5,000 to Brady's charity of choice and $5,000 to the charities of choice of the Giants linemen that forced the safety.

That safety had big ramifications. Without it, the Giants would have been trailing by 17-13 on their final drive. Instead, the Giants were down 17-15, and needed only a field goal to go ahead.

That was why New England intentionally let the Giants score a TD. But without the safety the Patriots could have kept the lead if they had held the Giants to a field goal.

By Ben Lyons/Twitter.com

One more safety note:

It wasn't the first time a safety was the first score of a Super Bowl. It also happened in Super Bowl IXwhen Pittsburgh got a two-pointer against Minnesota.

In that case, Dave Osborn fumbled a pitchout and Fran Tarkenton fell on it and was touched down byDwight White. And that 2-0 score held up until halftime, for the lowest-scoring first half in Super Bowl history.

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