A lot of talk thus far leading up to the Patriots-Giants matchup in Super Bowl XLVI has been about Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants upset the then undefeated Patriots. However, a better game to look at to get an insight into the upcoming game is the Week 9 matchup just this past regular season when the two met at Gillette Stadium. The Giants won that game 24-20.
Let’s compare the numbers from that game.
Tom Brady: 28/49 for 342 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, sacked twice, 1 fumble
Eli Manning: 20/39 for 250 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, no sacks, no fumbles
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 12 rushes for 52 yards, 4.3 avg, long run of 18 yards
Brandon Jacobs: 18 rushes for 72 yards, 4.0 avg, 1 TD, long run of 11 yards
Wes Welker: 9 catches fro 136 yards, 15.1 avg, long catch of 28 yards (Gronk and Hernandez caught Brady’s 2 TD passes)
Victor Cruz: 6 catches for 91 yards, 15.2 avg, long catch of 23 yards (Jake Ballard and Mario Manningham caught Eli’s 2 TD passes)
Patriots: Kyle Arrington
Giants: Matthias Kiwanuka and Deon Grant
Total First Downs
Third Down Efficiency
Patriots: 5-15, 33%
Giants: 4-14, 29%
Total Net Yards
Patriots: 7 for 81 total yards
Giants: 6 for 50 yards
Red Zone Efficiency
Patriots: 2 of 4, 50%
Giants: 3 of 5, 60%
As you can see above, it was a pretty tight game as both teams were evenly matched. The game came down to who which offense had the ball last, which was the Giants. If Week 9 is any indication of what to expect in Super Bowl XLVI, we can expect a tight game that could once again come down to who has the last.