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Originally published Monday, February 6, 2012 at 8:04 PM

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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady's wife, criticizes New England receivers | NFL

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the wife of New England quarterback Tom Brady, complained dropped passes doomed the Patriots to a 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in Sunday's Super Bowl.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots contend there is no finger-pointing after their Super Bowl loss, even if supermodel Gisele Bundchen won't abide by that code.

The wife of New England quarterback Tom Brady complained dropped passes doomed the team to a 21-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday — the Patriots' second loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl in five seasons.

Bundchen was caught on video by saying, "You (have) to catch the ball when you're supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot (expletive) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.

"I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."

Bundchen was the target of a pro-Giants heckler at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis after the game.

New York quarterback Eli Manning was voted the game's most valuable player, as he was when the Giants beat the Patriots 17-14 in the 2008 Super Bowl.

According to multiple media reports, the heckler shouted "Eli rules!" toward Bundchen and added, "Eli owns your husband!"

Brady was not available for comment Monday, when the team traveled from Indianapolis by plane and arrived at Gillette Stadium on buses. Asked if the team had any comment, Patriots spokesman Stacey James pursed his lips together and shook his head from side to side.

Manning completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown; none of his passes was intercepted. Brady was 27 of 41 for 276 yards and two TDs; he had one pass picked off.

Late in the game, usually dependable receiver Wes Welker dropped a Brady pass; tight end Aaron Hernandez and receiver Deion Branch also had their struggles.

Welker's drop came in a second-and-11 situation at the Giants' 44-yard line, with New England leading 17-15 and 4:06 remaining.

Brady's pass was slightly behind him, but Welker said, "It hit me right in the hands. I mean, it's a play I never drop, I always make. Most critical situation and I let the team down."

Patriots defensive back James Ihedigbo said, "You can't point fingers at anybody. Wes made amazing plays all season."

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