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Michael Conroy, Associated Press
New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead, right, celebrates with Tom Brady, left, after catching a 4-yard touchdown pass during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — For a moment, no one was bigger than 5-foot-8 Danny Woodhead.

The New England running back's 4-yard touchdown reception in the final minute of the first half gave the New England Patriots a 10-9 halftime lead in the Super Bowl.

But the Patriots lost 21-17 to the New York Giants on Sunday, and his moment of glory didn't soothe him in the moments after the game. Woodhead says it's "as tough of a loss as I think I've ever had."

The former record-breaking star at Chadron State in Nebraska finished Sunday's game with four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown and had seven carries for 18 yards, a larger workload than usual — and it came in the biggest game of his career.