Monday, January 30, 2012
Patriots not interested in past meetings
By James Walker
INDIANAPOLIS -- The AFC champion New England Patriots made one thing clear in their first two days at Super Bowl XLVI: They have little interest in rehashing past meetings against the New York Giants.
Tom Brady, left, and the Patriots aren't interested in dwelling on their recent losses to the Giants.
New England suffered recent losses to the Giants in big games -- both this past regular season and in Super Bowl XLII. Giants quarterback Eli Manning provided a pair of dramatic, fourth-quarter drives to seal it for New York.
Naturally, there will be a ton of questions for the Patriots this week whether the Giants have momentum, or have their number. The Patriots just won’t entertain them.
"This team doesn't talk, not about the past," Patriots veteran receiver Deion Branch said.
New England head coach Bill Belichick is leading the charge in not reflecting on previous games against New York.
"This team is this team," Belichick said. "I think our team is different than what it was at midseason, different than what it was in December. I think the Giants are a different team from when we played them in November."
Both teams have improved as the season has gone on, leading to Sunday's big matchup with everything on the line.
"You could take a little bit as far as the personnel, but as far as our game plan is concerned, you really can't take too much," Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said. "They've had an extra week to prepare, so have we, and I'm sure we’ll have a lot of different looks for them."