Giants vs. Patriots Predictions: Stat, Scoring Predictions for Super Bowl XLVI

John HickeyContributor IIFebruary 5, 2012

Bill Belichick, Patriots
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This is no time to bury the lead: The Patriots win this one 35-31.

I know that the Giants beat the Patriots in the regular season, but as we all know, this isn’t the regular season.

And, unlike in the regular-season matchup, coach Bill Belichick and his staff have two weeks to set up, both to prepare a game plan and to make sure everyone is healthy.

Belichick has won five Super Bowl rings, including two when he was the Giants’ defensive coordinator.

His winning percentage (65.1) is the third-best all time, ranking only behind the Bears’ George Halas and the Colts/Dolphins Don Shula. In the post-season he’s even better, winning 73.9 percent of the time. Only Vince Lombardi (.900) is better.

His primary weapon is quarterback Tom Brady, who has won three Super Bowl rings and who has a chance to solidify his position as one of the best postseason quarterbacks of all time.

He’s won 16 of his 21 starts in the postseason, and he’s coming off a season in which he set career bests in attempts and completions. What he didn’t have was a great game against Baltimore in the AFC championship two weeks ago, but his history is not to have back-to-back down games.

And, yes, he had a terrible game in a 24-20 loss to the Giants in Week 9. The Patriots have not lost since, 10 consecutive wins. For as hot as the Giants are supposed to be, they aren't 10-games-in-a-row hot.

It says here that Brady will throw for 350 yards and three scores and one interception, with his running backs accounting for the other two Patriots’ touchdowns.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning will finish with out 280 yards with a couple of TDs and a couple of interceptions as well.

Giants receiver Victor Cruz will lead the way with eight catches, one more than the Patriots’ Wes Welker, although Welker will have more yardage, 120-105.