Super Bowl XLVI
When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
TV/radio: Ch. 8; 1010-AM
AFC champ: Patriots (15-3)
Coach: Bill Belichick (139-53, 16-5 playoffs)
Rankings: Offense — 428.0 yards (2nd). Defense — 411.1 yards (31st). Points scored — 32.1 (3rd). Points allowed — 21.4 (15th).
NFC champ: Giants (12-7)
Coach: Tom Coughlin (74-54, 7-3 playoffs)
Rankings: Offense — 385.1 yards (8th). Defense — 376.4 yards (27th). Points scored — 24.6 (9th). Points allowed — 25.0 (25th).
Line: Patriots by 31/2, 551/2
Three story lines
1. The rematch
Two teams that gave us one of the most thrilling Super Bowls (XLII), meet again.
2. Tom Brady
He attempts to join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks with four Super Bowl wins.
3. Family affair
Eli Manning, left, states his case as the best playoff quarterback in his family — no small feat.
Three matchups to watch
1. Patriots tight ends vs. Giants linebackers
Given how 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had his way Sunday in the NFC title game, how, exactly, are the Giants going to stop Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski?
2. Patriots DT Vince Wilfork vs. Giants offensive line
Eli Manning was sacked six times Sunday against the 49ers, and Wilfork, left, proved unstoppable against the Ravens.
3. Giants WR Victor Cruz vs. Patriots secondary
Arguably the season's biggest surprise star, the Giants wouldn't be here without him.
Past Super Bowls
Patriots (3-3): XX — Lost to Bears 46-10. XXXI — Lost to Packers 35-21. XXXVI — Beat Rams 20-17. XXXVIII — Beat Panthers 32-29. XXXIX — Beat Eagles 24-21. XLII — Lost to Giants 17-14
Giants (3-1): XXI — Beat Broncos 39-20. XXV — Beat Bills 20-19. XXXV — Lost to Ravens 34-7. XLII — Beat Patriots 17-14