One of the things New England has been able to do this postseason that it didn't do nearly as well during the regular season is get pressure on the quarterback.
Guys like Rob Ninkovich, Andre Carter, Mark Anderson and James Ihedigbo have been great at getting to the quarterback lately, but all that starts with defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.
Wilfork has been a beast over the past couple of games, plowing through the offensive line and freeing up other pass-rushers to get their hands on the quarterback. He will play a pivotal role in how much pressure Eli Manning feels throughout the game.
If and when he has been pressured, though, Manning has responded pretty well. If he can quickly find open receivers, the Giants may be able to move the ball effectively even if the Patriots get consistent pressure.
If Wilfork and the Pats can dominate New York's offensive line and put Manning on his back time and time again, this will be New England's game to lose. But if Manning can stand in and deliver in the face of pressure, it could go the Giants' way despite the efforts of Wilfork.