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Giants defense has reason to think it matches up well

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The Giants defense is confident heading into the Super Bowl. It should be.

The last Super Bowl win doesn’t matter, but the Giants defense put up a dominant effort against New England for three quarters back in November.

New England’s first eight possessions in that game included zero points, a missed field goal, three turnovers, and four punts. The Giants had Tom Brady scrambled.

“He thrives on mismatches,” Tuck said of Brady on Tuesday via ESPNNewYork.com. “And I think we match up well with them. With those tight ends and Wes [Welker] and [Deion] Branch, they can pretty much go with any route that they want to go with creating mismatches. The people that we have in our secondary, we have safeties that play like corners and we can pretty much match up with those guys.”

It’s a great point. The Giants are fairly well equipped to deal with the Patriots tight ends because of Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle, and Deon Grant. All three did a nice job in coverage against New England in the first game. They were very physical.

“I think we match up extremely well. We have a great group of guys on our defensive side of the ball and they have a great group of guys on the offensive side of the ball,” Rolle said.

The Giants mixed coverages well against Brady. Their pass rush wasn’t dominant; they just played sound defense. Brady missed some throws until he figured out what the Giants were doing late in the game.  New England exploded for 17 points in the fourth quarter.

We agree with the Giants defenders; they match up well.

They just have to hope that the first three quarters of the regular season matchup told us more than the last quarter.

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  1. cfmaguire9 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:51 PM

    Your article fails to mention that Brady threw for well over 300 yards that day, with Gronkowski & Welker going over 100 in receiving yards in the most recent loss.

    Oh, and Sergio Brown still sucks.

  2. east96st says: Jan 25, 2012 2:54 PM

    Is it really going to be two weeks of “these are two flawed, but talented, teams that have some of the problems and weaknesses so it will come down to who exploits those weaknesses best” articles? Because it’s Wednesday and I’m bored with it already.

  3. jdandcoke says: Jan 25, 2012 2:56 PM

    a big key will also be how hurt gronk is. we all know that the guy will be playing…..but if that ankle causes him to be even one step slower, it’lll be huge. id put jaquain williams on him all day long.

  4. W.R. Koss says: Jan 25, 2012 2:58 PM

    This makes perfect sense. I heard the Pats might not show up because the Giants match up so well. Go Giants! At this rate you will scare the Pats away. When will Rex weigh in and let the world know he is picking the Giants?

  5. homelanddefense says: Jan 25, 2012 3:05 PM

    Ive been trying to tell my fellow fans the same thing so far this week and they are mostly dismissing it. The Giants defense is tailor made to play the Pats. Get pressure with the front 4 and drop 5 into coverage.

    I dont think their corners and safeties matchup as well as some think they do. I think they can get open with enough time. But the front of the Giants are all fast passrushers, and the Pats struggle with that type of team. I really think this will be similar to last superbowl, Brady will be under constant pressure all game.

    Thats why I think they only score about 24-27 points in this game. And I dont think the Pats D can hold the Giants under 28 in this game. I hate to say it, but this Pats fan is taking the Giants next week.

  6. hedleykow says: Jan 25, 2012 3:08 PM

    The Giants running game will be the story of this Super Bowl. Clock Eating Smash Mouth.

    ….oops over the top to Nicks: Touchdown!

  7. towniesman says: Jan 25, 2012 3:09 PM

    As a Pats fan you can’t argue with anything in the article other than to say “let’s line up an play”

  8. Davo says: Jan 25, 2012 3:10 PM

    It took three quarters for Brady to figure the Giants defense out (with an elbow injury, we should remember), and then he led the Patriots to 20 points.

    So, does he pick up from there?

    Personally, I think the loss to the Giants earlier in the season plays to the Patriots advantage, just like the Giants loss to the Patriots in the ’07 season played to their advantage.

  9. skinsrock says: Jan 25, 2012 3:12 PM

    I already told ya… It’s gonna be a blowout & there isn’t one person I can legitimately root for on either team… It’s MOVIE NIGHT!!!!

  10. brintfatre says: Jan 25, 2012 3:13 PM

    The Jets/Giants organization is the most arrogant in all of football!

    I hope Brady and company burn their butts in the SB!

  11. giselleisasucubus says: Jan 25, 2012 3:15 PM

    Yeah, FYI- Hernandez didnt play in the November game. The Giants actually don’t match up as well when the Pats add that major weapon, and Gronk & Welker both went for over 100 in that game. If the Pats eliminate turnovers, they win.

  12. rcampore says: Jan 25, 2012 3:16 PM

    The Giants defense does match up well against the Pats because of the defensive line, but no matter how many articles you write up about the different match ups, I think this game is going to come down to the end just like their pasts games have. It will be a nailbiter and I will have a headache whether we win or lose.

  13. bowens3181 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:16 PM

    I actually think the Giants defense matches up worse with this incarnation of the Patriots offense then the one they faced in 2007. While obviously more prolific the 2007 offense was based on long throws that took too much time to develop against the strong NYG pass rush. Fast forward to today and while the NYG defense is still based on their amazing pass rush, the Patriots offense is almost completely different and is based on quick throws within the numbers that almost completely negate a good pass rush.

  14. gcsuk says: Jan 25, 2012 3:16 PM

    I think both teams have really evolved over the 2nd half of the season. Both defenses are playing much better, and the Pats Offense has really hit a stride, especially with the 2 TE set.
    As a Giants fan, I am also not putting a lot of stock in the “revenge” aspect, or the “win it for Mrs Kraft” aspect. All the players want to win it for themselves, and who can blame them? It’s (in most cases) a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  15. giselleisasucubus says: Jan 25, 2012 3:16 PM

    People also seem to forget that when great teams face each other twice in a season, it is typically a split. Look it up.

  16. LoCoSu@%s says: Jan 25, 2012 3:17 PM

    Should be a fun game. The Pats defense will be key. If they can get a few stops to allow Brady & co to pull far ahead the Pats will win.
    If the Pats defense cant stop the Giants, the Giants will win.

  17. achap39 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:19 PM

    Thank God we have 10 more days to hang on every quote from every player on both sides.

    /sarcasm

  18. davebrownspiral says: Jan 25, 2012 3:20 PM

    Anybody who watched Deon Grant, Phillips and Rolle “covering” (I use that term loosely) Vernon Davis last week would disagree somewhat. I’m a huge Giants fan, and I beleive the Giants pass rush will give Brady problems, but the Pats will put up some decent yards that will result in points. However, I think the Giants offense will have a much easier time with the Pats D, which I think will ultimately be the difference. Remember, when the two teams met earlier in the year, Giants were without Nicks and Bradshaw, and still put 28 up on the board.

  19. rexryansdirtysock says: Jan 25, 2012 3:23 PM

    You do realize that the Patriots’ defense also shut out the Giants offense in the first half of that game also?

  20. nesportsfan0428 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:24 PM

    As a Pats fan, I have a bad feeling about this game.

    As a football fan, I think it would be awesome for Eli to get a second win in Indy.

  21. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 25, 2012 3:29 PM

    Good Luck Mark Herzlich!!

  22. rcampore says: Jan 25, 2012 3:30 PM

    giselleisasucubus says: Jan 25, 2012 3:15 PM

    Yeah, FYI- Hernandez didnt play in the November game. The Giants actually don’t match up as well when the Pats add that major weapon, and Gronk & Welker both went for over 100 in that game. If the Pats eliminate turnovers, they win.

    ____________________________________

    The Giants didn’t have Bradshaw, Nicks or Osi in that game.

  23. ampats says: Jan 25, 2012 3:32 PM

    One of the biggest differences between the Patriots offense in 07 vs this season is that in 07 the Pats had a vertical passing attack, whereas today it is more horizontal.

    Brady will not be sitting back in the pocket waiting for Randy to get downfield butnow gets the ball out of his hand quickly running alot of short passes that create YAC.

    I agree with Davo that this season’s loss plays to their advantage. But that means nothing at the end of the day.

  24. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 25, 2012 3:34 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    I hate to say it, but this Pats fan is taking the Giants next week.
    ———————————————————
    Then you aren’t much of a Pat’s fan. Have you even HEARD of this coach they’ve got; Bill Belichick?

    I mean, it’s not like Belichick is going to look at the first game, and come up with an entirely different look to minimize the Giants strengths or capitalize on their weaknesses or anything, right?

    Or does a 9-7 team have no weaknesses????

    Freakin’ geniuses ……. I don’t even know why they bother to play the games if you Einsteins have it all figured out.

  25. ftblfan9 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:34 PM

    As a huge Patriot Fan, this is the match-up that I have been most dreading since the start of the playoffs. So I agree the Giants match up well and I have been very impressed with Manning.

    Having said that, the New England defense has been playing well, they have a far, far better offense than S.F., and most certainly but for stupidity, S.F. should have beaten the Giants. This gives me hope, but I still expect a very tight game.

    The game couldn’t come fast enough.

  26. bingobrown12 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:37 PM

    Who has a better pass rush?Ravens or Giants?

  27. ronworthdubbs says: Jan 25, 2012 3:38 PM

    “giselleisasucubus says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:15 PM
    Yeah, FYI- Hernandez didnt play in the November game. The Giants actually don’t match up as well when the Pats add that major weapon, and Gronk & Welker both went for over 100 in that game. If the Pats eliminate turnovers, they win.”

    Hernandez caught four passes for 35 yards and a TD last November against the Giants. This makes you a moron.

  28. William Marcellino says: Jan 25, 2012 3:42 PM

    Grant is a bottom 20 safety, while Philips is a top 20–really a mixed bag: http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/01/25/2011-tackling-the-safeties/

  29. portnoychunk says: Jan 25, 2012 3:44 PM

    davebrownspiral says: Jan 25, 2012 3:20 PM

    Anybody who watched Deon Grant, Phillips and Rolle “covering” (I use that term loosely) Vernon Davis last week would disagree somewhat. I’m a huge Giants fan, and I beleive the Giants pass rush will give Brady problems, but the Pats will put up some decent yards that will result in points. However, I think the Giants offense will have a much easier time with the Pats D, which I think will ultimately be the difference. Remember, when the two teams met earlier in the year, Giants were without Nicks and Bradshaw, and still put 28 up on the board.

    ^^^^^^

    True enough, but Spikes and Chung went down in the 2nd half of that game & Hernandez was essentially playing on one leg. Eli’s late game heroics were due in large part to pass interference and coverage issues by Sergio Brown and Tracy White (special-teamers filling in for Chung and Spikes).

    There are arguments for both teams as far as why each will do a better job in the Superbowl. They just need to line up and get it done. I’m a Pats fan and realize that the Giants have an excellent chance of winning the game. I think most Pats fans respect the Giants organization & nothing could possibly hurt as much as the SB loss in 2007-2008 season…..I hope.

  30. MossMoon2Packers says: Jan 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    I don’t have a horse in this race, but you gotta like the Giants in the SB. The Patriots remind me of the Packers and Saints — lots of offensive fire-power, but with a crappy defense that is their Achilles heel and will be their downfall. The Giants are healthy and playing well on both sides of the ball, with a tenacious pass-rush, as we saw in all 3 of their playoff wins, including the sh!t-kicking of the Packers. And Eli and his WRs will make it a long day for the Patriots’ pass defense. Honestly, I don’t think it’ll be close.

  31. bigbluelou says: Jan 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    They’ve come a long way from “faking injuries” to stop an offense. lol!

  32. 2sausage11 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:52 PM

    Pats 30

    Giants 24

  33. pastabelly says: Jan 25, 2012 3:55 PM

    They weren’t stopping the Patriots late in that game. The Patriots lost because their defense was playing like crap and the Pats left too much time on the clock (around a minute) for the Giants to move the ball down the field. Both teams are playing better now. But if Brady misses as many receivers as he did against Baltimore, the Patriots won’t be in the game.

  34. cali49er707 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:56 PM

    yea i could care-less about the s.b, i think i will sit on the couch&watch porn with the wife

  35. truetrue85 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:56 PM

    The week 9 meeting means nothing at this point. Both teams will have a completely different game plan for the super bowl and I expect Brady and Manning to be on their best games. This game wont be about offense, it will be about who comes up with the clutch plays in key situations.

    27-24, Patriots

  36. weepingjebus says: Jan 25, 2012 4:03 PM

    This time the Patriots won’t be wound so tight over trying for an undefeated season (the pressure of which became increasingly obvious as they ground out the end of the regular season and the playoffs in 2007). I think they’ll play loose and hungry, and give the Giants a surprise. Plus you can tell the Giants are already starting to strut, which is funny for a 9-7 team that actually has a section of its wikipedia entry entitled “Late Season Collapses 2008-2010″

  37. sschmiggles says: Jan 25, 2012 4:14 PM

    The Giants also gave up over 100 yards rushing in that game. There is your gameplan. Keep Eli off the field. Make that DL work from the start. It’s not Laurence Maroney in the backfield anymore.

  38. zaggs says: Jan 25, 2012 4:34 PM

    “sschmiggles says: Jan 25, 2012 4:14 PM

    The Giants also gave up over 100 yards rushing in that game. There is your gameplan. Keep Eli off the field. Make that DL work from the start. It’s not Laurence Maroney in the backfield anymore.”

    So did the Patriots. That was without Bradshaw playing.

  39. nejerseygirl says: Jan 25, 2012 4:36 PM

    W.R. Koss says:
    Jan 25, 2012 2:58 PM
    This makes perfect sense. I heard the Pats might not show up because the Giants match up so well. Go Giants! At this rate you will scare the Pats away. When will Rex weigh in and let the world know he is picking the Giants?
    _____________

    Why would Rex pick the Giants?! Clearly he’s going to announce that the Jets will surely win.

  40. zaggs says: Jan 25, 2012 4:38 PM

    “New England exploded for 17 points in the fourth quarter.”

    And the Giants exploded for 14 points in the 4th quarter. 24 in the 2nd half.

  41. kisstherings says: Jan 25, 2012 4:44 PM

    This is playing right into the Pats hands

    Keep talking Giants

  42. infectorman says: Jan 25, 2012 4:52 PM

    bingobrown12 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:37 PM
    Who has a better pass rush?Ravens or Giants?

    _________________________________

    Who has a better Secondary? Ravens or Giants?

  43. dsigrey says: Jan 25, 2012 5:00 PM

    Yeah they dominated them??? Really, they won the game on the last drive. Maybe if Haynesworth hadn’t decided to sit down on the job and let the RB’s through it would have ended differently. He was cut after that game. The Pats D is better than they were that game and so is the Giants, I have a feeling whoever has the ball last wins.

    Speaking of Fat Albert, the Pats haven’t lost since they cut him, the Bucs haven’t won since they picked him up.

  44. gmen1990 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:03 PM

    Wow….New England’s defense is better now than it was during the season??? Who did they play in the playoffs? Denver that averaged 15 ppg and Ravens that has a mediocre passing game? Give me a break!

    Giants defense has not looked like a 9-7 team since week 16. They played high powered offenses in this league and shut most of them down. Did we forget about ATL with decent offense and GB with a HIGH powered total offense all around and holding them to 20 total points after averaging almost 40 at home?

    Giants defense clearly is better than Pats as a whole. New England’s defense just looks better because of these past two wins in the post season. Giants will hold Brady to 24 points while their new and improved, since week 16, offense scores 38 points. This will be a blowout early.

  45. tombradysponytail says: Jan 25, 2012 5:26 PM

    I’m just glad we’re not playing the Packers. They didn’t play great against they gints, but they are still by far the better team. We match up much bettter against the gints. We should roll on our way to Tom’s 4th Super Bowl victory.

  46. patsfiend says: Jan 25, 2012 5:31 PM

    This is gonna be ugly. I’m sure the Pats will turn it over multiple times again, and have trouble running it, to boot. Mankins and Light were like turnstiles last time, and that’s definitely going to happen again.

    The Giants WR’s look unstoppable, and Eli is throwing such accurate darts to them. The Pats secondary is a wreck, featuring a bunch of guys that were loading coffee beans onto trucks in Louisiana a few weeks ago.

    They beat us in ’07 and they beat us this year. Clearly, they are going to win again. There is no… hope… at… all.

  47. youdownwithjpp says: Jan 25, 2012 5:40 PM

    kisstherings says: Jan 25, 2012 4:44 PM

    This is playing right into the Pats hands

    Keep talking Giants

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    Can we please get rid of this misconception. We have seen all post season that “talking” has very little impact of either of the 2 participating teams. COME ON MANNN

  48. szwhtsup123 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:45 PM

    Big Blue train keeps a rollin’, and Elite-I finally gets out of older brother Peyton’s shadow. Brady and company won’t go easy, but the train simply has too much momentum. GO GIANTS!

  49. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:51 PM

    bingobrown12 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:37 PM
    Who has a better pass rush?Ravens or Giants?

    ————————————————-

    Front four, Giants.
    Overall Ravens.

  50. sschmiggles says: Jan 25, 2012 6:16 PM

    zaggs says:
    Jan 25, 2012 4:34 PM

    So did the Patriots. That was without Bradshaw playing.
    ———–

    I guess you missed Ray Rice and the #1 rushing offense in the league getting shut down by the Pats.

    The 32nd rush offense in the league isn’t scaring anyone. And you won’t be able to run at Fat Al this time.

  51. situsavaisprier says: Jan 25, 2012 6:30 PM

    Will people stop saying that the Giants are talking? Someone wrote this article and included a quote from Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle. Did Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle ask for Gregg Rosenthal to write his opinion and include two quotes from talking to the media, which happens to be what athletes do?

    Steve Weatherford had a great hold on that game winning field goal attempt and was asked about it, so if someone would make an article about that and included his quote is he talking too much?

    Articles were made about Brady saying how he can’t watch highlights of Super Bowl 42, and included some quotes from him. He didn’t write the article nor asked for one, so since one was made about this does that mean that Tom Brady does a lot of talking when someone takes a quote from him and places it in an article that they made?

  52. drednot says: Jan 25, 2012 6:50 PM

    What is it with the media? Why is it all about how the Giants match up against the Pats? Shouldn’t be the other way around? And espn makes me sick. Every highlight they show, no matter what team they’re talking about, they show a highlight against the Pats!! Did the Patriots play all 31 teams last year??? WTF

  53. patriotinvasion says: Jan 25, 2012 7:29 PM

    Huge Pats fan with respect for the Giants and a lot of their players. That said, is there anything more collegey/corny than “big blue” and “let’s go big blue”? Yikes.

    That said, all of the big blue bandwagon should be careful underestimating a motivated Tom Brady and William Belichick. They have a slightly more impressive resume than a team that won a Super Bowl 5 seasons ago on the back of a miraculous helmet catch in the final minutes.

  54. hebertespinosa says: Jan 25, 2012 7:32 PM

    No wonder…one more game to be decided by a Field Goal! Go Giants!

  55. TheWizard says: Jan 25, 2012 7:33 PM

    Enough about the big, bad, Giants.

    Pats shouldn’t have any trouble building the hatred.

  56. db105 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:45 PM

    I’m a fan of neither team. Just wondering… Didn’t the Giants go 9-7 and give up 400 points this season? If you think that’s elite then I have some beach front property in Nebraska to sell you.

  57. basshawg says: Jan 25, 2012 7:57 PM

    Really? They’re only gonna drop 5 into coverage and rush 4? I know we’re all feeling good about the “matchup” but let’s be real … Brady is sick hella good and they’re gonna want all 11 defenders (12 if they can get away with it) on the field at all times.

  58. trephi says: Jan 25, 2012 7:57 PM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Jan 25, 2012 7:29 PM

    They have a slightly more impressive resume than a team that won a Super Bowl 5 seasons ago on the back of a miraculous helmet catch in the final minutes.

    A)..it was 4 seasons ago and B) they ALSO won it cause they put Brady on his a** more then he ever was with a similar cast of characters which NOW also includes JPP.

    (Bonus note: “We’re only going to score 17 pts? OK! (sarcastic laugh) – Tom Brady, 2008) Oops.

  59. mhohmann says: Jan 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    Giants organization is pure class. Jets organization is trash. Giants do match up well with NE but NE also matches up pretty well with the GMEN. Giants were without many people in that game and some were playing hurt like Tuck.

  60. 1historian says: Jan 25, 2012 8:43 PM

    Giants beat the Pats 3 straight times?

    Ain’t happenin’!

  61. patriotinvasion says: Jan 25, 2012 8:43 PM

    trephi says:
    Jan 25, 2012 7:57 PM
    patriotinvasion says:
    Jan 25, 2012 7:29 PM

    They have a slightly more impressive resume than a team that won a Super Bowl 5 seasons ago on the back of a miraculous helmet catch in the final minutes.

    A)..it was 4 seasons ago and B) they ALSO won it cause they put Brady on his a** more then he ever was with a similar cast of characters which NOW also includes JPP.

    (Bonus note: “We’re only going to score 17 pts? OK! (sarcastic laugh) – Tom Brady, 2008) Oops.
    ___________________

    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. This is the Giants 2nd Super Bowl in FIVE seasons. Just like the Patriots won 3 in FOUR seasons even though the games were spaced over just 3 calendar years (first win in Feb 2002, 3rd win in Feb 2005). Anyway, 7 teams (including TWICE to the Redskins) didn’t have a huge problem with JPP and that d-line. It’ll be a battle though for sure. And yes, Brady did eat those words. Can’t argue that.

  62. patriotinvasion says: Jan 25, 2012 8:47 PM

    PS – As others have said, Brady won’t be sitting back there for 4+ seconds waiting for Randy Moss to get open 40 yards downfield this time. Completely different offense.

  63. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 25, 2012 9:02 PM

    Oh look, another week and another group of fans with reading comprehensions of 1st graders. Please, I absolutely beg someone to point out the giants running their mouths here. “we think think we match up well”- tuck
    “they have a great group of players over there”-antrel

    That is not running of the mouth, that is answering a question and complimenting the opposing team.

    The biggest question of these playoffs is to figure out whether fans in green bay, San Fran or new England have the worst reading skills.

  64. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 25, 2012 9:25 PM

    Both these teams are playing totally different sine week 9. New England has won 10 straight but in that stretch didnt beat only one team with a winning record. Baltimore last week. This is a defense that gave up 21 first quarter points to Buffalo only a few weeks ago.

    New Englands offense is played in a box of about 15 yards. They have no one that can stretch the field. If the Giants don’t miss tackles it will be difficult for New England to score.

    Giants offense is playing at a high level right now and much improved since week 9. If Flacco can throw for 300+ with no wrs I like Elis chances. Is Edelman going to cover Cruz in the slot? Love that match up.

    It will come down to which defense can get the most pressure on the QB and can force a turnover.

  65. nesuperfan says: Jan 25, 2012 9:45 PM

    MossMoon2Packers says:Jan 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    I don’t have a horse in this race, but you gotta like the Giants in the SB. The Patriots remind me of the Packers and Saints — lots of offensive fire-power, but with a crappy defense that is their Achilles heel and will be their downfall. The Giants are healthy and playing well on both sides of the ball, with a tenacious pass-rush, as we saw in all 3 of their playoff wins, including the sh!t-kicking of the Packers. And Eli and his WRs will make it a long day for the Patriots’ pass defense. Honestly, I don’t think it’ll be close.
    __________________________________

    You talk about the Pats’ defense like the Giants’ defense was superb. The Pats were 31st, but the Giants were only 27th. But the more important stat is the Pats were 15th in points allowed, but the Giants were a miserable 25th, giving up 58 more points this year than the Pats did.

    That said, throw all that BS out. So far, both teams have been playing defense like they are on a mission, so anyone, who points to the regular season right now is bound to have information as bad as your original hypothesis. In the post season, the Pats have given up only 15 points per game, and the Giants 13…stellar.

    Both are playing great at the right time, and it is going to simply come down to playing the game, but you go ahead and think that it will be a blowout. Bet big.

  66. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 26, 2012 7:23 AM

    If the Giants should win the Redskins will be proud to brag they swept the SB champs.

  67. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:35 AM

    davebrownspiral says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:20 PM
    Anybody who watched Deon Grant, Phillips and Rolle “covering” (I use that term loosely) Vernon Davis last week would disagree somewhat. I’m a huge Giants fan, and I beleive the Giants pass rush will give Brady problems, but the Pats will put up some decent yards that will result in points. However, I think the Giants offense will have a much easier time with the Pats D, which I think will ultimately be the difference. Remember, when the two teams met earlier in the year, Giants were without Nicks and Bradshaw, and still put 28 up on the board.

    ———-

    You cannot transpose the results from one matchup to another. Football is all about individual matchups, then unit matchups as a whole.

  68. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:38 AM

    Stat geeks like to point out what numbers Gronkowski had, and how Hernandez didn’t play (??? — what game were YOU watching?) in November, but Brady dinked and dunked for 2/3 of those yards. They weren’t dominant just because he had 300+ yards passing. And the pass rush is better now than it was then. Tuck was hobbled, Osi was not 100%, and JPP was lined up at LE a bit more than at any other time.

    Just stop with the prognostications. The Giants have the advantages at every area, but the game has to be played. PERIOD. You cannot account for fumbles, bad calls and potential for injury to key guys. On PAPER, the Giants indeed do match up favorably against New England whether the Giants are on offense OR defense. But games aren’t played on paper.

    Ask the Philadelphia Eagles, who I’m sure all of us here commeting share the common bond of flat out HATE towards them.

  69. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:39 AM

    giselleisasucubus says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:16 PM
    People also seem to forget that when great teams face each other twice in a season, it is typically a split. Look it up.

    ———–

    Has nothing to do with this game.

  70. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:40 AM

    rexryansdirtysock says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:23 PM
    You do realize that the Patriots’ defense also shut out the Giants offense in the first half of that game also?

    ———-

    You do realize that Bradshaw and Nicks didn’t play in the first OR second half of that game also, right?

  71. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:41 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:34 PM
    homelanddefense says:
    I hate to say it, but this Pats fan is taking the Giants next week.
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    Then you aren’t much of a Pat’s fan. Have you even HEARD of this coach they’ve got; Bill Belichick?

    I mean, it’s not like Belichick is going to look at the first game, and come up with an entirely different look to minimize the Giants strengths or capitalize on their weaknesses or anything, right?

    Or does a 9-7 team have no weaknesses????

    Freakin’ geniuses ……. I don’t even know why they bother to play the games if you Einsteins have it all figured out.

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    Actually no, it would make him one of the very few reasonable Patriots fans who exist. He’s not a blind homer who thinks they will always win and gloats to everyone within earshot, even when reality and results belie their foolish bragging.

  72. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:44 AM

    nesuperfan says:
    Jan 25, 2012 9:45 PM
    MossMoon2Packers says:Jan 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    I don’t have a horse in this race, but you gotta like the Giants in the SB. The Patriots remind me of the Packers and Saints — lots of offensive fire-power, but with a crappy defense that is their Achilles heel and will be their downfall. The Giants are healthy and playing well on both sides of the ball, with a tenacious pass-rush, as we saw in all 3 of their playoff wins, including the sh!t-kicking of the Packers. And Eli and his WRs will make it a long day for the Patriots’ pass defense. Honestly, I don’t think it’ll be close.
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    You talk about the Pats’ defense like the Giants’ defense was superb. The Pats were 31st, but the Giants were only 27th. But the more important stat is the Pats were 15th in points allowed, but the Giants were a miserable 25th, giving up 58 more points this year than the Pats did.

    That said, throw all that BS out. So far, both teams have been playing defense like they are on a mission, so anyone, who points to the regular season right now is bound to have information as bad as your original hypothesis. In the post season, the Pats have given up only 15 points per game, and the Giants 13…stellar.

    Both are playing great at the right time, and it is going to simply come down to playing the game, but you go ahead and think that it will be a blowout. Bet big.

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    Packer fans cited those same stats out of context. So did Niner fans. Are you going to get with reality (Osi is back, Tuck is healthy/(ier), Herzlich will play, and the fact that Fewell has condensed the scheme and allowed the younger guys to fly around and make plays instead of thinking more than reacting) and stop referring to stats that were mostly comprised when several key players on that defense were out for significant stretches of the season. Those defensive statistics have had ZERO bearing on games in almost two months now.

  73. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. This is the Giants 2nd Super Bowl in FIVE seasons. Just like the Patriots won 3 in FOUR seasons even though the games were spaced over just 3 calendar years (first win in Feb 2002, 3rd win in Feb 2005). Anyway, 7 teams (including TWICE to the Redskins) didn’t have a huge problem with JPP and that d-line. It’ll be a battle though for sure. And yes, Brady did eat those words. Can’t argue that.

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    Giants didn’t cheat to get there nor win, though.

    *2001.
    *2003.
    *2004.

  74. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:53 AM

    1historian says:
    Jan 25, 2012 8:43 PM
    Giants beat the Pats 3 straight times?

    Ain’t happenin’!

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    You also said the Giants couldn’t beat them at home earlier this year.

  75. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:53 AM

    2sausage11 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:52 PM
    Pats 30

    Giants 24

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    Please break it down to me… objectively (if it is possible of a Patriots fan), how you figure they will score 30 points?

  76. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 26, 2012 8:58 AM

    kisstherings says:
    Jan 25, 2012 4:44 PM
    This is playing right into the Pats hands

    Keep talking Giants

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    Where is anyone “talking” (trash, presumably — because otherwise, you have to “talk” in order to ANSWER QUESTIONS that are asked of you)? Please point it out to us.

    As I’ve said numerous times on this site, Patriots fans are miserable and pathetic excuses for human beings. They live vicariously through that team, a team that they know got its reputation built upon cheating to win Super Bowls. A team that gives them the only purpose for living, as they are erstwhile useless, miserable, inferiority complex-ridden, insecure eunuchs who especially have the aforementioned complex with respect to New York in general.

    THIS FURTHER PROVES IT. Just making up this esoteric “talking” out of thin air in order to make people appear to be bragging and villainous. It’s a tired act.

  77. homelanddefense says: Jan 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    basshawg says: Jan 25, 2012 7:57 PM

    Really? They’re only gonna drop 5 into coverage and rush 4? I know we’re all feeling good about the “matchup” but let’s be real … Brady is sick hella good and they’re gonna want all 11 defenders (12 if they can get away with it) on the field at all times.

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    I posted right after that and corrected it to rush 4 and drop 7, but they deleted the comment.

  78. homelanddefense says: Jan 26, 2012 9:25 AM

    pftcensorssuck says: Jan 25, 2012 3:34 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    I hate to say it, but this Pats fan is taking the Giants next week.
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    Then you aren’t much of a Pat’s fan. Have you even HEARD of this coach they’ve got; Bill Belichick?

    I mean, it’s not like Belichick is going to look at the first game, and come up with an entirely different look to minimize the Giants strengths or capitalize on their weaknesses or anything, right?

    Or does a 9-7 team have no weaknesses????

    Freakin’ geniuses ……. I don’t even know why they bother to play the games if you Einsteins have it all figured out.

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    So because I dont think they are going to win a game that means Im not a Pat’s fan? Im sorry that you Patriots footy pajama wearing homers dont like to hear that your team can lose. I lose the Pats and I HOPE I am wrong. Its just my opinion on the game.

    And yes I am well aware who the coach is, but that doesnt mean he can overcome having very little talent on D. Just because you have the best coach or QB doesnt mean you win. And dont make it sound like he wins every time he gets a second crack at a team. He had two matchups with the Jets last year before losing in the playoffs. Lost the second game to the Giants in 2007. And its not like Coughlin is a high school coach.

    Of course the Giants have weaknesses, and so do the Pats. You think the Giants wont go after our weaknesses? I am looking at the game from an objective point of view. My OPINION is the Giants win. Its not what I want just how I feel.

    Quit being a jackass.

  79. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 26, 2012 10:05 AM

    skinsrock says:
    Jan 25, 2012 3:12 PM
    I already told ya… It’s gonna be a blowout & there isn’t one person I can legitimately root for on either team… It’s MOVIE NIGHT!!!!

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    You can’t root for Marcus Cannon or Mark Herzlich, you heartless weasel? Have fun watching a movie…alone. Definitely alone. By the way, your name doesn’t make a whole lot of sense…The only thing the Skins “rock” is piss poor play for the last 20 or so years. I think your name meant to be “skinsembarrass”.

  80. bcgreg says: Jan 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    @ davebrownspiral

    The Giants actually scored 24 points, not 28. The Patriots also played without Brandon Spikes and Patrick Chung on defense as opposed to Gary Guyton and Sergio Brown. Big difference there too.

    And for all who have said Brady didn’t do anything until the 4th quarter in the regular season match up? The score was 0-0 at halftime. Eli didn’t do anything until the 2nd half either.

  81. brianmirabile says: Jan 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    I’m pretty sure you all are forgetting that the GMEN did not have Bradshaw or Nicks during the first matchup……. just sayin

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