Just four short years ago, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots entered Super Bowl XLII with a perfect 18-0 record and were set to take on a team that many believe should have never even made the playoffs—but the New York Giants did make the playoffs and forever seared the numbers "18-1" in Patriots fans' minds.
Could the Super Bowl get much better? Absolutely not. This is the matchup that everyone was hoping for—a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the Super Bowl that crushed New England's perfect season.
Coming into Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots finished their 2011 season with an impressive 13-3 record on their way to the top seed in the AFC. With the top seed, the Patriots knocked off the Denver Broncos in the divisional round and then outlasted the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship, 23-20.
For the Giants, they knocked off the Cowboys in the very last game of the season to win the NFC East. From there, New York embarrassed the Atlanta Falcons, upset the No. 1 seed Green Bay Packers and then traveled cross-country to beat the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, 20-17.
Super Bowl XLVI may be two long weeks away—but that is just enough time to preview one of the most likely anticipated Super Bowls in NFL history: A rematch of the Patriots and Giants—a game where Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will seek revenge and ultimately their fourth Super Bowl championship.
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