Giants vs. Patriots: 3 Keys for New England to Score Against New York

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 3, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 06:  Dan Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots tries to hang on to the ball for the touchdown but drops it as he is tackled by Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants on November 6, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 24-20.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Super Bowl XLVI could not get here any faster as it's set to feature one of the greatest matchups in NFL history: a rematch of Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

This is a Super Bowl that is sure to be one of the greatest of all time.

With that being said, I firmly believe that Tom Brady and the Patriots are going to score some points against this Giants defense, but they're only going to do so if they follow these three keys:


Protect Tom Brady

There is an obvious one. Just rewatch Super Bowl XLII and notice how Brady's timing was so off against the Giants as they had consistent pressure on him without even blitzing. 

New England's offensive line will certainly have their hands full against guys like Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck—but I believe that it's equipped to handle New York's suffocating pass rush. 

Matt Light, Logan Mankins and Brian Waters are all seasoned veterans that need to take their game to another level so they can keep Brady upright rather than seeing him lay on his back.


Quick Releases

Tom Brady will not have time to sit back in the pocket against this Giants' pass rush—just take a look at Super Bowl XLII.

Luckily for New England, its offense is much different than it was back in 2007. They do not rely on the deep ball like they did with Randy Moss in '07. They now "dink and dunk" their way upfield with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker


Throw to the Open Receiver

This one is simple: Tom Brady's top receiver in Super Bowl XLVI is going to be the open one. 

Brady needs to take whatever New York's defense gives him. 

Let's be realistic: the Giants cannot cover Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Deion Branch every single play—at least one of them is going to be open—and Brady needs to find him as soon as possible. 


Super Bowl XLVI Prediction: New England 31, New York 27

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