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Giants: DE Justin Tuck, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Linval Joseph, DT Chris Canty
Patriots: DE Shaun Ellis, DE Mike Anderson, DT Kyle Love, DT Vince Wilfork
The last time these two teams faced each other—in Week 9 of the regular season— the Giants were able to sack Brady twice and force a fumble.
The Patriots weren't able to sack Eli Manning once in that game.
However, since then, the Patriots have vastly improved, sacking quarterbacks 33 times, plus another eight in the postseason.
Like their offensive line, their defensive line is mostly comprised of veteran players.
Shaun Ellis, the former long-time Jet, made the switch to New England this past offseason and has made his presence felt, particularly in the last half of the season.
Then, of course, there's Vince Wilfork, a staple of the Patriots defense since he was drafted in 2004. He posted a career-high in sacks (3.5), assisted tackles (23), and made the first two interceptions of his career.
However, don't think that the Giants have let up.
Like their offensive line, their defensive line has had its share of injuries, primarily Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora.
But the emergence of second-year player Jason-Pierre Paul provided comfortable relief...well, as comforting as a 278-pound defensive end crashing into your body like a freight train would feel, that is.
In his first full season, Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks, fourth-most in the league, and earned his first All-Pro selection.
Justin Tuck, despite injuries during the regular season, recorded five sacks.And in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, he sacked Alex Smith twice.
Chris Canty, who had four sacks during the regular season, was a key tackler in the wild-card win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Projection: Though the Patriots have improved since their first encounter with the Giants, the threat of Pierre-Paul's speed and ability to find ways to sack (or at the very least, deliver pressure) quarterbacks makes this team even more dangerous. Add an all-around talented surrounding cast, including Tuck, Canty and Umenyiora, and it could be a tough game again for Tom Brady and crew.