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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:    Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after the New York Giants 24-20 win on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2012

The AFC Champion New England Patriots and NFC Champion New York Giants will battle for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVI. Both teams picked up three-point victories in their respective conference championship games to reach the season's biggest game.

It's a rematch of Super Bowl XLII in 2008, when the Giants ended New England's bid for a perfect season with a 17-14 upset victory. David Tyree was the hero of that contest, making a miraculous catch to keep New York's chances alive before Eli Manning found Plaxico Burress for the winning touchdown.

Tom Brady and Co. will enter Super Sunday's game seeking revenge for that loss. There were plenty of questions heading into the playoffs about the team's defense's ability to make a deep run, but a combination of improved play and shaky opponents has landed them a spot in the title game.

As for the Giants, they were written off as pretenders more than once throughout the season. They continued to battle, though, and managed to get hot at the right time. They'll rely heavily on a strong pass rush making life tough on Brady if they want to upset the Patriots once again.

 

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

When: Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Betting Line: Patriots -3, according to Bet Online.

 

Storylines to Watch

Patriots revenge

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  David Tyree #85 of the New York Giants catches a 32-yard pass from Eli Manning #10 as Rodney Harrison #37 of the New England Patriots attempts to knock it out in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the
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New England came within two minutes and seven seconds of a perfect 19-0 record four years ago. The Giants ultimately stopped the Patriots' bid to join the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only unbeaten team in league history.

That will be a huge motivational tactic used by the coaching staff as they prepare for this year's Super Bowl. The Patriots won't be able to completely erase that failed opportunity from their memory, but a win would go a long way in easing the pain.

 

Manning's legacy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants walks off of the field after the Giants won 20-17 in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco
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Eli Manning has always been viewed with skeptical eyes after the success his father and brother had in the NFL. He's slowly removed himself from that shadow and another Super Bowl ring will allow him to have a case as the best Manning quarterback.

He'll shake off any questions about that possibility during the build-up, but it's surely something he probably never thought would even be asked. It's a testament to his work ethic and progression despite the heavy media pressure that comes with playing in New York.

 

Bill Belichick vs. Tom Coughlin

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots talks with commentator Jim Nantz after defeating the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New
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Belichick has long been considered a mastermind of the game, while Coughlin is seemingly on the hot seat at least once per season. It's an interesting dynamic considering both men have proven they can lead their team to the mountain top.

The game is probably more important to Coughlin because his doubters are still numerous. Another Super Bowl triumph should earn him a little bit more breathing room the next time the Giants get off the a rocky start.

Belichick already has that cushion.

 

Other Information

National anthem singer: Kelly Clarkson

Halftime entertainment: Madonna and Cirque du Soleil

Commercial cost (30 seconds): $3.5 million

NBC Announce Team: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth

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