Including the preseason, the New England Patriots are facing the New York Giants for the ninth time since 2007. That makes for a lot of familiarity between these teams when they meet at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.
The Giants won the most recent matchup, in Week 9 of the 2011 regular season, and the teams' biggest meeting, in Super XLII in February 2008. New York has proven to be a tough matchup for the Patriots, but during his Thursday news conference, New England coach Bill Belichick said that he likes that he knows his Super Bowl opponent well.
"There’s no team that we’re more familiar with in the NFC than the Giants," Belichick said. "We’ve played them every year for a lot of years, I don’t know – twice in ’07 and this will be three times now this year. A lot of those games are preseason games which isn’t quite the same as playing division teams twice during the regular season, but still there’s a familiarity. You’re keeping up with a team year after year as opposed to a lot of the other teams we see in the NFC every three years, four years. There’s a gap and there’s usually a lot of changes. At least with the Giants, there’s kind of an annual review of that team, even though it’s in preseason. This year it was a little different because we had them on the regular schedule, so we looked at the preseason game a little more closely than we normally would that game because they were on the regular schedule. I don’t think it’s a like a division game, but we know them a lot better than most of the NFC teams that we play against."