Indianapolis is ready for Super Bowl XLVI when the capital hosts the New England Patriots and New York Giants for the National Football League championship game on Sunday night. In what could be a memorable season for both teams, the Patriots are probably coming in with more motivation to win the Lombardi Trophy.
The Patriots were supposed to win the Super Bowl XLII against the Giants but they lost in what would be one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. Quarterback Tom Brady had to endure both the physical and emotional pain from four years ago into Sunday’s game.
Brady had difficulty because of the Giants’ pressure defense that limited the Patriots passing attack. The star quarterback was obviously thrown off his timing with constant banging and ganging on him. This time the Patriots offensive line has to make sure that Brady is protected at all times and enable him to throw those pinpoint passes.
The Giants are expected to keep applying the same pressure defense on Sunday. Logan Mankins, Brian Waters and Matt Light have to make sure that Brady is protected from the blitz. Brady can opt for either long or short passes. The key is to scoring is being able to flick those passes.
The Patriots may have the luxury of having able receivers in Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker. These guys need to create opportunities to receive passes. The Giants have done a good job at stuffing Brady before he can make that perfect pass. The sooner the Patriots are able to create openings for receivers. Brady can spot them before the Giants defense can get to him.
Protecting the quarterback and creating situations to open receivers are the Patriots’ basic goals to win it all on Sunday. They are equipped with the manpower and skill to accomplish that. What could really matter at game time is how much they want to win it all. That loss four years ago could be a motivator if you were to ask me.