The struggles of the New England Patriots defense have been well-documented this season.
They had the 31st ranked defense in terms of total yards during the regular season and struggled to stop even the most anemic offenses.
But as the Patriots have marched on toward Super Bowl XLVI, they have done so while holding opponents to an average of 15.0 points in two games. Not so bad.
And while they prepare to compete on the biggest stage Sunday, the defense has a renewed confidence which could prove to haunt the Giants.
Here are some reasons why the Patriots defense will surprise many in Super Bowl XLVI.