Quick take: Patriots vs. Giants

January, 22, 2012
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Three things to know about Super Bowl XLVI, with the New England Patriots facing the New York Giants:

PatriotsGiants1. Rematch of Super Bowl XLII: The story writes itself. The teams meet in the Super Bowl four seasons after Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants upset the Patriots 17-14 to stunningly end their quest for an undefeated season. There are no shortage of storylines for this one.

2. Teams met in Week 9 this season: The visiting Giants defeated the Patriots, 24-20, on Nov. 6. That was the low point of the Patriots' season, as the team had lost the week before in Pittsburgh. The Giants were without receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw that day, in a game in which the teams played a dramatic final two minutes. The Patriots went ahead 20-17 with 1:36 remaining, before Eli Manning led the Giants on a final game-winning march, connecting with tight end Jake Ballard on a 1-yard touchdown pass on a play with 15 seconds remaining.

3. Great respect between organizations: From the ownership level, to the coaching ranks, and right down to the sidelines, these are two organizations that have great respect for each other. The coaching matchup -- Bill Belichick vs. Tom Coughlin -- features two of the best in the game. The quarterback matchup -- Brady vs. Manning -- has great appeal. There will be plenty of time to dissect it all, but this sets the table for the next few weeks.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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