Comparing Super Bowl XLII to Super Bowl XLVI is like comparing your teenage years to adulthood. Some similarities remain, but there are differences in maturity and abilities.
The Patriots aren't 18-0, nor are they 12.5-point favorites. This time around, New England finished the season with three losses and comes in at a 3.5-point favorite. Bill Belichick and the Patriots have proven they don't need Randy Moss, Tedy Bruschi or Rodney Harrison. Behind Tom Brady's arm, the Patriots have made their fifth Super Bowl appearance in the past decade.
The New York Giants, on the other hand, have been underdogs the entire season. At the start of the year, trendy NFC Championship picks were the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. Some would even throw in the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions or Atlanta Falcons. Who would pick a New York Giants team that hadn't made the playoffs since 2008?
These Giants defied all odds and snagged the NFC crown despite a 9-7 regular season record, proving that only one thing matters in the playoffs—winning.
This game is looking like it will be just as close as their matchup in the regular season, a game the Giants won, 24-20, in Foxborough.
Here's an in-depth look at how each team compares at key positions.