Nov 6, 2011; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson (71) and free safety Antrel Rolle (26) celebrate after the game as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Patriots-Giants Week 9 Stats Comparison

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.

Quarterbacks

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

Leading Rushers

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

Leading Receivers

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)

Interceptors

Patriots: Kyle Arrington

Giants: Matthias Kiwanuka and Deon Grant

Total First Downs

Patriots: 23

Giants: 23

Third Down Efficiency

Patriots: 5-15, 33%

Giants: 4-14, 29%

Total Net Yards

Patriots: 438

Giants: 361

Penalties

Patriots: 7 for 81 total yards

Giants: 6 for 50 yards

Red Zone Efficiency

Patriots: 2 of 4, 50%

Giants: 3 of 5, 60%

Time Possession

Patriots: 29:43

Giants: 30:17

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.

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