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

Nick Yokoyama@@nickyokoyamaSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks upfield to pass against the New York Giants in the first half during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/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. 

Bill Belichick and the Pats are on the hunt for revenge, as Tom Brady is looking to tie his childhood hero, Joe Montana, with his fourth Super Bowl ring. 

Can the Pats finally get redemption and cement their championship legacy?

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


Keep Brady Protected

As pretty much everyone has noted, this game will undoubtedly come down to New England's ability to protect Brady. The Pats' QB is a machine with a number of weapons to look for. If New England can win in the trenches and keep Brady off his back, this game should be theirs for the taking. 


Stop the Ground Game 

The Pats' D has not been good at containing the Giants' two-headed running attack. Expect the G-Men to keep having their backs bounce outside in the second half. 

If New England wants to win this game, they're going to have to contain the run and force NY's RBs into the middle of the field. 



The Giants' WRs and RBs are some of the best in the NFL at gaining yards after the catch. In the second half the Pats are going to have to focus on wrapping up and eliminating the extra yardage Nicks and Cruz are known to get. 


Stupid Mistakes 

As clichéd as this sounds, the Patriots need to stop shooting themselves in the foot. They have already had a number of terrible miscues, such as Brady's safety and an inexcusable 12-men on the field penalty. 

The Pats are a veteran team and Belichick is sure to have them focused and ready in the second half. But, anymore of these stupid mistakes and they kiss their Super Bowl dreams goodbye.