Wide receiver David Tyree's miraculous catch and the New York Giants' shocking 17-14 upset over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in 2008 were simply amazing. But this time around, the Giants don't have Tyree on the roster to save them.
When the Giants and Patriots line up for their rematch in Super Bowl XLVI, New England won't give Eli Manning and company a chance to make a late comeback.
The Patriots were manhandled in the trenches back in February of 2008, and while the Giants have an outstanding pass rush this season, New England is much better equipped along the offensive line this time around.
The Giants ranked third in the NFL during the regular season with 48 sacks, and they have added nine more in three postseason games. But the Patriots totaled 612 passing attempts this year, and only allowed 32 sacks. That's a remarkably low number.
While New York boasts a great defensive line, the team's defense as a whole has been a disappointment. The Giants finished the regular season ranked 27th in the NFL in total defense, allowing 376.4 yards per game. New York also finished 29th against the pass, allowing a whopping 255.1 yards per game.
Against Brady and the Patriots that simply won't be good enough. New England finished the regular season ranked second in the NFL in total offense, averaging 428 yards per game. Meanwhile, they averaged 317.8 passing yards per game (second in the league).
A leaky Giants secondary will likely have a serious problem stopping Brady's litany of weapons. Receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch have both been great this year, while second-year tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have been outstanding.
How New York attacks those targets will be the key to the game. I just don't see a way the Giants can stop the Patriots' stellar offense.