Giants vs. Patriots: Why New England Has Too Many Weapons for New York to Stop

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJanuary 24, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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While quarterback Tom Brady had a phenomenal season in 2011, the reason for the New England Patriots' success this year was the development of all the weapons at his disposal. The fact that Brady has so many targets available to him means the New York Giants will have almost no chance of stopping the Pats in Super Bowl XLVI.

This season, Brady completed 65.6 percent of his passes for a career-high 5,235 yards, with 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His quarterback rating of 105.6 ranked third in the NFL. The league's reigning MVP led an offense that ranked second in the league by averaging 428 yards of total offense per game. New England also ranked second in pass offense with an average of 317.8 yards per game.

Several of Brady's weapons also turned in fantastic seasons. Receiver Wes Welker led the NFL with 122 receptions, finished second in receiving yards (1,569) and had nine touchdowns. Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski finished second among tight ends with 90 catches, led them in yards (1,327) and set the NFL record for touchdowns in a season at the position with 17. 

Veteran wideout Deion Branch also turned in a solid year with 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns, while tight end Aaron Hernandez had 79 receptions with 910 yards and seven scores. 

The Patriots can also run the ball when they need to. BenJarvus Green-Ellis finished the season with 667 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Stevan Ridley (441 yards) and Danny Woodhead (351 yards) also contributed out of the backfield. 

The Giants simply don't have the ability defensively to bottle up all of New England's weapons. New York finished 27th in the league in total defense, allowing 376.4 yards per game, and the G-Men also ranked 29th by allowing 255.1 passing yards per game.

With all the places Brady can go with the ball, it will take a near-superhuman effort from the Giants defense to stop New England on Super Bowl Sunday.