Patriots vs. Giants in Super Bowl XLVI: The Top 5 Matchups

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Patriots vs. Giants in Super Bowl XLVI: The Top 5 Matchups
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Super Bowl XLII is remembered as one of the best games in Super Bowl history. Combine the elusiveness of Eli Manning in the pocket and the focus of David Tyree's gum-infused catch against his helmet, and you get one of the most extraordinary drives in NFL history (much to my chagrin). 

The New York Giants and the New England Patriots will be meeting again in the big dance for the second time in the last five years, a game that has lofty expectations to replicate the first matchup. To the Patriots, the game will be regarded as "The Payback Bowl." Whereas the Giants spur motivation to prove that the first meeting was no fallacy.

The Patriots rely on their ability to utilize their personnel and matchups, which has provided them as much success as any team in the NFL. The G-Men on the other hand, are one of the most consistent teams at compiling talent that fits their physical system. The Giants first round pick in 2010, Jason Pierre-Paul, is the most recent one to fit the Giants mold and blossom into a superstar.

As for the Patriots, their second year tight ends, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski are a mismatch nightmare for just about any defense. Gronkowski redefined production from the tight end position with his monster sophomore campaign this past season. 

Keeping in mind the x's and o's mentality of the Patriots and the physical prowess of the Giants, let's segway into the matchups that will be most indicative of the outcome in Super Bowl XLVI.

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