Football is a team sport. Twenty-two players start, 46 dress for game day, 53 are on the roster, eight work out on the practice squad. Beyond them there are 15-20 coaches and a small army of trainers, scouts, executives and staff. All contribute in vital ways to the success of the franchise.
But in the NFL, wins and losses aren't decided all at once. Points aren't awarded on group merit. Super Bowl XLVI, like all NFL games, will be decided by the results of 22 men squaring off over and over and over.
One player's advantage over the other will be multiplied over and over and over throughout the course of the game; every snap another roll of the loaded dice.
What matchups will provide the Patriots and the Giants the fine edges they'll need to slice each other apart? What matchups will provide the Patriots and Giants with huge blunt instruments they can beat each other with?
We run down the eight most intriguing one-on-one battles of Super Bowl XLVI.