Giants vs. Patriots: Winner of Super Bowl 2012 Will Be NFL's Team of the Decade

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIJanuary 26, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:   Bill Belichick and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talk during a time out against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Giants won 24-20. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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When the New England Patriots and New York Giants face each other in Super Bowl XLVI, it is extremely likely that the winner of that game will be the NFL's team of the decade.

That may sound like a bold statement, especially considering we are already one-fifth of the way through this decade, and neither the Patriots or Giants have won a Super Bowl.

However, whichever team wins on February 5th in Indianapolis will be set up to make a dominant run for the next five or so years. Let me tell you why.

We'll start with the obvious reasons, which are the quarterbacks and coaches. Both New England and New York have two of the better coaches and quarterbacks in the NFL. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin are all incredible in their own right.

With these four roaming the sidelines for their respective teams, there is no reason that the Patriots and Giants shouldn't be considered title contenders every year.

What puts both these teams over the top, however, are all the surrounding pieces.

Each team is full of All-Pro talent. When you look at guys like Vince Wilfork, Jason Pierre-Paul, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz, Rob Gronkowski and Hakeem Nicks, it's absolutely mind-boggling how talented, and relatively young, these two rosters are.

And in all reality, the players listed above just scratch the surface of talent on these rosters.

What's really crazy is that these two teams boast some of the best drafting minds in the NFL. Each year, the Giants and Patriots reload their roster with talented youngsters. 

It's safe to say that neither New England or New York will be moving from the top of the NFL rankings anytime soon. Whoever wins Super Bowl XLVI (I'm going with New York) will simply have momentum heading into the rest of the decade and will be the NFL's team of the decade.