INDIANAPOLIS -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vows to play much better in the Super Bowl than he did in the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. But perhaps one of the biggest keys will be how well his offensive line plays.
The New York Giants have perhaps the deepest group of pass-rushing defensive linemen in the league. It's one of the primary reasons the Giants are red-hot after winning three straight playoff games.
New England's offensive line has only allowed one sack in two postseason games. Something has to give.
"I certainly have a lot of trust in my offensive line," Brady said at Sunday's news conference. "Those guys are a great group of players who have played together for a while. Matt Light, my left tackle, there is nobody I’d rather have at left tackle more than him."
If New England's offensive line holds off New York's defensive line, chances greatly increase for the Patriots winning their fourth Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick era. Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins says the offensive linemen understand the importance.
"When you miss a block, it’s not just on you. You’re hurting the whole team," Mankins said. "No one ever wants to do that. We want to play perfect for each other."
New England won the AFC East with a 13-3 record. The Giants won the NFC East with a 9-7 record but got healthy and hot at the right time. But Brady said he wasn't surprised these two teams are playing in the big game for the second time in four years.
"We're honored to represent the AFC conference," Brady said. "We’ve certainly earned it, and the Giants earned it. It will be a great game."