As the New York Giants and the New England Patriots prepare to face off in Super Bowl XLVI, there is a lot of speculation that this will be a low-scoring game. And why wouldn't it be? The Giants defense has really stepped up during the playoffs, as has the Patriots.
But there's also reason to believe that there could be a ton of offense in this game.
It's widely known that the Patriots and the Giants feature a couple of the best passing offenses in the NFL.
The Patriots, behind quarterback Tom Brady, receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, were the second-best passing offense in the league. The Giants were not far behind, ranking fifth behind the play of quarterback Eli Manning and receivers Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.
Gronkowski and Nicks have been unparalleled when it comes to gaining yards after the catch this postseason, and the others aren't without that ability by any means. Both offenses will also have much-improved running games that figure to play big factors in their respective offenses moving the ball.
And although these defenses have really seemed to improve this postseason, let's not forget the offenses they collectively played: Atlanta, Denver, Green Bay, Baltimore, San Francisco. Of those five, only the Packers have been an elite offensive group this season, and they most definitely did not play their best football against the Giants. The rest of the group has been collectively disappointing on that side of the ball this year.
You have to give these defenses a lot of credit for what they've done in the playoffs, but you can't discount the fact that both passing defenses ranked in the bottom four in the NFL during the regular season.
Fans and pundits expecting a defensive battle might be really surprised by how many yards and points these two offenses put up in this game.