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New York Giants Vs New England Patriots: Keys to Victory

January 31st, 2012 at 6:04 AM
By Hazem Kiswani

It's officially Super Bowl week and the New York Giants and New England Patriots are just five days away from the showdown in Indianapolis in one of the most hyped Super Bowls in NFL history. The rematch, the quarterback legacies on the line, the coaching legacies on the line, the Victor Cruz story, the Patriots dedicating this season to Robert Kraft's wife – these are all great storylines going into what is the biggest sporting event in America this Sunday. 

At the end of the day however, this is going to boil down to what happens on the field. Only one team can come out of this game with what they've been working for all year long. And you can bet both teams are far more concerned with what they see in the other on film than they are with what is being written and said in the papers and on the radio.

Two very good football teams, two very good quarterbacks to say the least, great coaching staffs on both sides, and when 6:30 PM Eastern comes around on February 5th it's going to come down to who has the better gameplan and who executes that gameplan on the football field. 

Today at Giants 101, we look at the three big keys to the New York Giants final game of the 2011 season. 

1. Tackling

It's Super Bowl XLVI, and of course we start with the most essential element of the game – tackling. That's going to be the number one key for this Giants defense unit against a Patriots offense that loves to get the ball out quickly and let the playmakers make moves in space and gain extra yardage. 

Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez are three of the best in football at breaking the initial tackle and turning a five yard checkdown or quick out into ten and fifteen yard gains regularly, and unfortunately they are all on the same football team. For the Giants, there is going to have to be an emphasis in the back seven defensively on wrapping up and being very sound in your tackling technique. It is easier said than done of course, but this Giants defensive group knows that that this is going to be the key to keeping this Patriots offense under control. 

Guys like Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Deon Grant, and Michael Boley are going to be critical in this football game. 

2. Pass rush getting after Tom Brady

One thing the Giants have going for them against Tom Brady is that he doesn't like to leave the pocket and isn't as effective out of it while they have some of the most athletic defensive ends in the league in Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck. 

The Giants have got to hit Brady early in this game, that much is obvious. If he gets into a rhythm right from the start, and isn't seeing much pressure or a collapsing pocket, it's going to be very hard to slow down this Patriots offense with that early momentum. JPP and Osi Umenyiora will be critical off the edges because as mentioned – Brady is not a guy who is going to be able to consistently run from these guys or fight off a tackle. If they can get their hands on him, or just create chaos in his face early in this football game it can really disrupt the timing and rhythm of this Patriots passing attack. 

3. Big Plays on Offense

The Patriots are not a football team with a true deep threat on the outside with the disappointing season Chad Ochocinco is having on the outside, and do not have much of a big play threat coming out of the backfield either. 

This is where the Giants have a very significant advantage over the Patriots offense. New England moves the ball slowly and methodically down the football field, while the Giants have one of the most threatening big play offenses in the league with the best wide receiver trio in football. If New York can hit some big gains down the field early in this game and put quick points on the board, it is going to put a ton of pressure on the New England offense in a game in which the Giants clearly have the defense more capable of making big stops and big plays down the stretch. 

New York can not get away from what got them here offensively – they've got to put the ball in Eli Manning's hands and let him test this Patriots secondary over the top and deep down the seams where they are very beatable. I expect them to do just that. 


Tags: Eli Manning, Football, New England, New England Patriots, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady, Wes Welker

7 Responses to “New York Giants Vs New England Patriots: Keys to Victory”

  1. andre hollanddrizzydre says:

    Well damn you’re up early. FIRST! haha.

    I’ve been playing it over and over and over in my head and I Just dont see a way the Giants lose this game if they stick to what they have been doing the past several games. The Giants have too much offense for the Patriots defense but I think with the injury to Gronk that the Patriots don’t necessarily have too much for the Giants improved D.

    Giants 27 Pats 20

  2.  Dirt says:

    I’m nervous. This Pats team has found a way to win 10 straight games. 21 point hole? 49 unanswered. Ball in receiver’s hands in the end zone? Bat it away.

    Then you have to look at some of the Giants key guys. Edelman can stop Cruz, but can Cruz? Can a kid out of nowhere show up and keep his composure on the biggest day of his life? Manningham? Nicks? You know, the 3 guys that make the offense go and are on the receiving end of all those clutch Eli passes? Do they press to make the big play and break their route the wrong way, causing an easy pick? Does Bradshaw, as he’s done in so many less significant games before, fight for those extra yards and put the ball on the ground? Does the no huddle attack get the Giants in a substitutional mismatch as it’s done many times, and wear down the critical pass rush along the way? Does Derrick Martin pick up 30 penalty yards on punt returns, pinning Eli deep all day long?

    This feels like one of those games the Giants *should* win. And, as we’ve seen time and time again, that can be all they need to play the worst game of the season.

  3.  TuckThis says:

    Dirt, I too am nervous, but it’s not a popular position on here. If you don’t think the Giants win in a rout, no one wants to hear it. Funny how we say the Giants have the momentum because they won 5 in a row. Guess no one remembers the Pats have won 10 in a row…doesn’t count as momentum, I guess.

    On paper, I think the Giants are the better team…hands down. At the end of the day will that matter? Sure hope so!

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