Giants vs. Patriots Predictions: Five Players Who Will Fail in Super Bowl XLVI

Andrew McCluskeyCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2012

Giants vs. Patriots Predictions: Five Players Who Will Fail in Super Bowl XLVI

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    The biggest surprise for the Patriots in the AFC Championship game was BenJarvus Green-Ellis' performance against a stout Ravens' defense.

    Green-Ellis put together an awesome performance running the ball for 68 yards and touchdown. While this doesn't seem like an amazing stat line, considering the team he was facing and the expectations coming in, it was a great game.

    The Patriots may not be in the Super Bowl without him.

    However, I don't see Green-Ellis being a game changer in the Super Bowl like he was in the AFC Championship Game.

    The Giants don't have an elite run defense, but they have been playing fantastic football as they headed in to the postseason. That trend hasn't stopped. 

    The Giants' front seven will be all over the Patriots rushing attack and "The Law Firm" will struggle to find the holes he did against the Ravens.

Brandon Jacobs

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    Brandon Jacobs is one half of the Giants' dynamic backfield.

    He has also been the more disappointing half. Jacobs disappeared in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers as he only ran for 13 yards on five carries. 

    San Francisco was able to completely shut down Jacobs even though it appeared as if his skill set would be better suited to take on the 49ers. The big bruiser was unable to find any success and was completely taken out of the game.

    The Patriots' front seven has shown improvement over the course of the season. They were able to shut down Ray Rice who was second in rushing yards this season. 

    Jacobs is going to have just as tough as a time finding holes against the Patriots. The Giants will need their rushing attack to find success, but I don't see it coming from Jacobs.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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    The biggest surprise for the Patriots in the AFC Championship game was BenJarvus Green-Ellis' performance against a stout Ravens' defense.

    Green-Ellis put together an awesome performance running the ball for 68 yards and touchdown. While this doesn't seem like an amazing stat line, considering the team he was facing and the expectations coming in it was a great game.

    The Patriots may not be in the Super Bowl without him.

    However, I don't see Green-Ellis being a game changer in the Super Bowl like he was in the AFC Championship game.

    The Giants don't have an elite run defense, but they have been playing fantastic football as they headed into the postseason. That trend hasn't stopped. 

    The Giants' front seven will be all over the Patriots' rushing attack, and "The Law Firm" will struggle to find the holes he did against the Ravens.

Mario Manningham

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    Eli Manning has been playing some of his best football of the season in the postseason.

    He owes a lot to his three receivers that have stepped up all year long. However, I don't believe that they will all find success in the Super Bowl.

    I see Mario Manningham being the one to take the hit.

    Victor Cruz is coming off a huge performance in the NFC Championship game. He was the clear cut game changer against the 49ers with 10 receptions for 142 yards.

    Hakeem Nicks has been the No. 1 receiver for the Giants since Week 1. He put together a huge performance against the Packers and was solid against San Francisco this past weekend.

    We haven't seen Manningham put together a game changing performance even though he was the recipient of one of Manning's passing touchdowns last weekend. It was a great play, but it was his only reception. 

    The Patriots' weak secondary will have issues taking all of these receivers out of the game, but they will manage to limit at least one of them. I believe it will be Manningham.

Devin McCourty

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    Devin McCourty has been the most disappointing player on the Patriots' defense this year.

    He was a Pro Bowler as a rookie and appeared to be well on his way to becoming a dominant force in the Patriots' secondary. 

    Then everything changed this season.

    McCourty has been through a brutal sophomore slump that has resulted in New England moving him to safety late in the year. He has been okay at his new position, but he has yet to really be an impact player.

    Not only are his pass coverage skills weak, but his tackling is horrendous. McCourty missed tackle after tackle in the AFC Championship game. If he does the same in the Super Bowl, he will stand out like a sore thumb.

    Patriots' fans have got to be hoping that this is just a fluke year. While he may turn it around next year, McCourty is going to be picked on quite a bit in the Super Bowl.

Justin Tuck

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    In the 2007 Super Bowl the Giants' defensive line dominated the Patriots' offensive line.

    Justin Tuck and company destroyed Tom Brady's pass protection all game long. There is no doubt that the Patriots' inability to protect Brady led to their defeat in that game.

    The Patriots are sure to still have open wounds from that game. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are sure to remember how dominant the Giants' defensive line was. There is no way they allow that to happen again.

    Bill Belichick is a master game planner and will come prepared to protect Brady in this one. The Patriots know that they had quite a bit of luck in the AFC Championship game. They know that they will need Brady to be at the top of his game if they want to win their fourth Super Bowl.

    That can't happen if they don't contain the Giants' pass rush.

    Justin Tuck was a force in 2007, so you know Belichick will be throwing everything blocking scheme he has at him. 

    The Patriots may not be able to contain them all game long, but there is no way they let Justin Tuck beat them again.