Defense is more than a plotline to Super Bowl XLVI. For the two teams battling this Sunday, defense has defined their seasons.
The New York Giants have a ferocious defensive front and a relentless pass-rushing force that has taken down one elite passing offense this postseason and is looking to repeat the feat.
The New England Patriots have a defense that was on pace to be the worst against the pass in NFL history earlier this year, but has rebounded to have a solid postseason.
As is always the case in the NFL's title game, some defensive players will have games to remember, games that define their career. Here are five players who will play big roles on the game's biggest stage.