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Breaking down Super Bowl XLVI, New England Patriots vs. New York Giants

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

Breaking down Super Bowl XLVI, New England Patriots vs. New York Giants 01/22/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 12:01am]
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