It's a showdown that will be a repeat of Super Bowl XLII between these two teams, as Patriots QB Tom Brady and company are hoping that this time they get the upper hand.
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be one of the players the Patriots will need to step up, much as he went on to do in the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens in a game where Brady boasted his fair share of struggles.
These are Green-Ellis and the three keys to a Patriots win over the "G-Men."
Julian Edelman Getting It Done On Special Teams
A versatile talent that could make or break this contest, WR, KR and CB Julian Edelman will be a major difference-maker in what should be a nail-biter of a contest.
Edelman gives head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots a plethora of options to work with, as he can catch balls from Brady, take kick returns and has began to play some cornerback as well.
This is a player that is able to help out the team in various ways, with his specialty being his ability to give Brady promising field position with his special teams game. This season Edelman recorded 300 yards and a touchdown on 28 kickoff returns this.
If Edelman can get the Pats promising field position throughout this contest on special teams, it will be a tremendous lift for a team that is still dealing with a significant injury offensively to TE Rob Gronkowski.
Deion Branch Has to Bring Out the "Old School"
In the Patriots' 2005 Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Branch was not only an essential factor in the win, but also the Super Bowl MVP after putting up major numbers.
Branch was able to bring in 11 catches for a whopping 133 yards in the contest en route to his MVP award. In 2004's Super Bowl victory against the Carolina Panthers, Branch scorched the Panthers defense for 143 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions.
The figures are scary, as it seems as if come Super Bowl time, Branch is Brady's secret weapon and outright go-to guy. With a combined 21 catches, 276 yards and a touchdown in those two Super Bowl appearances with Brady, it can be assumed Super Bowl XLVI will be much of the same.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Needs to Deliver Again
Against the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 AFC Championship Game, Green-Ellis put forth a tremendous effort in what ultimately led to a Patriots victory and a ticket to the Super Bowl.
With Brady struggling for the majority of the contest against a prepared Ravens defense, Green-Ellis was able to help move the chains and get the Ravens to pay more attention to the run game.
Towards the end of the game, when Brady had to operate to win the ball game, Green-Ellis' production would eventually help open up the game. Green-Ellis recorded 68 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in the win.
This is a player that produces solid numbers and fails to turnover the football. In his four-year career, Green-Ellis is yet to fumble the football. Not only has he not lost a fumble, he is yet to lose the ball period before he is taken to the ground.
Expect Green-Ellis to get carries early, as the defensive line of the Giants will come with pressure on Brady early and often throughout this game.
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