Super Bowl XLVI: Inside the Giants-Patriots Matchup

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In 2008, the New York Giants ended the New England Patriots bid for a perfect season in Super Bowl 42. This Sunday in Indianapolis, fans will witness a rematch for the ages.

The focus of Super Bowl 46 centers around two superstar quarterbacks coming off historical seasons. In the house that his older brother Peyton built, Giants QB Eli Manning will have a chance to accomplish something his brother never has, winning the Super Bowl for a second time.

Patriots QB Tom Brady has a chance to further cement his legacy as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterback in NFL history. A fourth Super Bowl victory would tie him for most ever by an NFL QB, joining the esteemed class of Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only QB’s to ever accomplish such a feat.

In Super Bowl XLII, the Giants sacked QB Tom Brady five times. As if the pass rushing prowess of defensive ends Osi Useminyora and Justin Tuck wasn’t enough the first time, New York now adds DE Jason Pierre-Paul to the mix. The Giants defense tied for 2nd best in the NFL with 48 sacks this season. New York (12-7) has won two straight against New England (15-3) dating back to 2008, a dramatic 17-14 upset in Super Bowl 42, and a thrilling 24-20 victory in Foxborough earlier this season.

Both QB’s have big time threats at wide receiver. New England’s trio consists of two dynamite tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and WR Wes Welker. For the Giants, a triple threat of superstar WR’s includes Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, and Victor Cruz. New England ranked 31st in defending the pass this season. Their secondary is particularly vulnerable to the Giants aerial assault.

The all time series between the Giants and Patriots is tied at five wins apiece. Each team will be playing for their fourth Super Bowl title. This is New England’s 7th all time Super Bowl appearance. It will be the 5th all time appearance for the Giants.

With a win on Sunday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would further cement his already iconic status. He would join former Steelers HC Chuck Noll as the only two head coaches with four Super Bowl titles. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, once on the hot seat this season, would no doubt improve his legacy with a second Lombardi Trophy.

Let us not forget former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl offensive guard Brian Waters, who could win a Super Bowl ring as a member of the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Two weeks ago, Tom Brady’s AFC Championship performance was forgettable. He threw for 0 TD’s, 2 INT’s, and 239 yards total passing. On the other hand, Eli Manning’s NFC Championship performance was incredible. He threw for 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s, and 316 total yards. New England is a 3 point favorite to win the game, but the hot hand currently belongs to Eli.

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