In a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will meet again in the 2012 Super Bowl. To be honest, it wouldn't surprise me if these two teams meet again in the 2013 Super Bowl.
Both of these teams have great talent at all the important positions, and that talent isn't getting any younger. They're both built for future success.
If you would like more reasons why we might see these two teams meet next year in the biggest game, here are five reasons why we could be seeing a rematch in the 2013 Super Bowl.
We'll start with the most obvious reason why these two teams could meet again in next year's Super Bowl: their quarterbacks.
He's once again led the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl, and he has the opportunity to join some elite company if he can win his fourth Super Bowl in just over a decade.
On the opposite side of the field is Eli Manning. While Manning has taken a good amount of criticism in recent years for his up-and-down play, he's finally put his doubters to rest this season with a career year.
Manning has a chance to win his second Super Bowl, which would give him one more win than his brother Peyton Manning.
As long as these two quarterbacks are playing for their respective teams, both New England and the New York Giants have an excellent chance at making it back to the big game in 2013.
One major reasons why Tom Brady and Eli Manning are such successful quarterbacks is because they play with some of the best receiving corps in the NFL.
For the New York Giants, you have guys like Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. All three of these players are extremely talented, and either one can completely take over a game on any given Sunday.
While the New England Patriots might not be as deep at receiver, they boast two of the best and most versatile tight ends in the game. Both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are extremely talented. Gronkowski had arguably the best statistical season ever by a tight end in 2011, and Hernandez is so unique that the Patriots will line him up in the backfield as a running back.
With so many weapons on their roster, the Patriots and the Giants will be able to dominate teams through the air. This is another reason why they're likely to make another trip back to the Super Bowl in 2013.
Even though the NFL is becoming more of a pass-first league, teams still need to have some type of defensive presence to make it deep in the playoffs.
For the New England Patriots, that defensive presence is none other than the gigantic Vince Wilfork. He nearly shut down the Baltimore Ravens' offense all by himself.
He's such a unique talent, and what is so scary is that the 30-year-old is just starting to hit his prime years. If he continues to play as well as he has in 2011 and during the postseason, the Patriots will continue to have just enough defensively to slow down opposing teams and win football games.
You could argue that the New York Giants ability to get after opposing quarterbacks has been the most crucial part to their Super Bowl run.
With players like Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora getting consistent pressure on quarterbacks, the Giants make it very difficult for a team to get into any type of rhythm.
The Giants continue to draft ultra-talented defensive players, and as these players develop, they'll just become even better.
As long as New York can get into the backfield and get pressure on its opponent, it will be a tough team to beat.
The final reason that both the New England Patriots and New York Giants are likely to meet in the 2013 Super Bowl is because of who leads their team into battle.
Bill Belichick is widely regarded as one of the smartest and most football-savvy coaches in NFL history. He knows what it takes to get to the Super Bowl, and he's had pretty good success at getting them there.
Every year that Belichick is on the sidelines, the Patriots will be a Super Bowl contender.
Tom Coughlin started the season—and spent a good portion of the season—on the "hot seat". There were numerous talks of him needing to be fired.
Even if you aren't a fan of Coughlin, you have to appreciate his toughness and his ability to rise above adversity. It would have been extremely simple for Coughlin to just call it quits, but he made his team fight and brought them to the Super Bowl.
Coughlin will be in the final year of his contract in 2013, and if he decides that the 2012-2013 season will be his last, you can bet that he'll want to add one more Super Bowl title to his resume.
With both of these coaches looking hungrier than ever to write their names in the NFL history books, they'll continue to get the most out of their teams.