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From the Hart: Early MVP options?

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INDIANAPOLIS - The Patriots only hold a one-point lead at the halftime. But assuming the favorite coming in builds on the advantage coming out of the half, it's never too early to think MVP.

With Tom Brady going 15 of 18 for 147 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 119.2, he might be the halftime favorite to take home his third Super Bowl MVP if the score holds.

But two other candidates also have put their names in the running in the first half for the Patriots offense. Danny Woodhead has just 36 totals yards at the half, but does have the Patriots only touchdown reception to go along with a couple other key plays.

Aaron Hernandez also has a game-high five catches for 40 yards at the break. It looked like Brady started to really like the matchups his second-year tight end was getting in the second quarter.

It's way too early to talk MVP at this point, but that won't stop me. Brady is very much in the lead. But with so much game left to play and the outcome very much in doubt, the one who earns MVP immortality will probably have to do it with a big second half performance.

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