Giants vs. Patriots: O-Line Must Protect Tom Brady in Order to Win Super Bowl

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 1, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots and Matt Light #72 of the New England Patriots hold their position against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 20-16. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Jim Rogash/Getty Images

There's no secret to it—if a quarterback is pressured, he will be sacked numerous times. It's that simple.

Tom Brady may be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, but he is human, and if he is pressured his performance will suffer.

At Wednesday's Super Bowl media day, the Giants made it publicly known that they are going to put pressure on Brady.

Justin Tuck spoke with ESPN's John Clayton Wednesday and admitted that you have to hit Brady in order to beat him:

I think it starts with hitting him. Even when you don't actually get sacks, just keeping people around him so he can't step up. I think he gets a little frustrated when he has to go to his second or third receivers.

You can kind of confuse him sometimes with our coverage. I thought there are a lot of things that can get him rattled, but it just seems like not too many people are able to do that.

New England's offensive line is certainly going to have their hands full, as they'll have to account for pass-rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. 

The Patriots appear to be set to protect Brady well in the Super Bowl, as the team has allowed only 32 sacks this season and has had only one five-plus sack game once since the 2007 Super Bowl against the Giants. 

New England's greatest strength on their offensive line is their left tackle, Matt Light, who has had one of his best seasons with the Patriots this year, as he's allowed just three sacks on the season. 

Light will be lining up against defensive ends Pierre-Paul and Umenyiora for most of the game, and we all know the history between Light and Umenyiora, as they're often involved in after-the-play scuffles. 

As Light will have hands full on Brady's blind side, rookie Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer will likely be rotating in and out at right tackle in order to have fresh legs against Tuck and his five sacks this season. 

Unlike Light, Vollmer and Solder may be at a disadvantage against Tuck, as he's an experienced pass-rusher—as with Light, he's well-experienced and equipped to hold his ground against J.P.P. and Umenyiora. 

With Super Bowl XLVI just a few days away, there is no secret that if New England wants to win their fourth Super Bowl in the last 10 seasons, then it all starts up front in the trenches with their offensive line against New York's suffocating defensive front. 


Follow <span class=

Be sure to check out Tony Santorsa's blog: PatriotsPlus