Giants vs. Patriots: 4 Halftime Adjustments New York Should Make

Nick YokoyamaSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hands the ball off during the game against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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With only one half left to play in Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants and New England Patriots have set the stage for a storybook finish. 

The G-Men are hoping to bring back the Super Bowl magic from four years ago, as Eli is looking to cement himself as an 'elite' NFL QB in the house that Peyton built.  

Can the Giants complete another upset and stop Tom Brady and the Pats?

Here are 4 halftime adjustments New York should make if they want to leave Indy as Super Bowl champs. 


Get After Tom Brady

The Giants need to keep getting after Brady in the second half. This game will undoubtedly come down to their success at winning the 3-second war. New York must continue to bring relentless pressure and push Brady out of the pocket where he is more prone to mistakes. 

New York has yet to record a sack, this is something the must change if they want to win this game. Tom Brady with time is a scary thing. 


Attack the Corners

The Pats' defense has a definite weak spot on the outside. Eli needs to keep attacking the corners of the secondary as Cruz and Nicks are almost impossible to cover. 

If the Giants want to win this game, they must keep looking for their big WRs down the field and keep trying to pick on CB Antwaun Molden.



Give Eli Time

Eli has been sacked twice today, but for the most part the Giants have done a decent job of picking up the blitz. New York has an arsenal of weapons and giving Manning time will allow him to pick apart a flustered New England secondary. 



Keep Pounding the Run

New England's defense has been decent up the middle but, the Giants still have had major success running the ball in the first half. The Pats seem very concerned with containing the deep threat and the Giants should continue to have solid opportunities to pound the ball down the middle as well as bounce outside for good gains. 

Don't be surprised if the G-Men look for the big hit and unload some play-action deep to WR Victor Cruz in the final half.