The New England Patriots are off to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI following Sunday’s grueling 23-20 AFC victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Tom Brady doesn’t usually need too much assistance from his defense when racking up wins on a weekly basis. In this game it was DT Vince Wilfork who delivered as Brady struggled throughout, completing 22 passes for 239 years with two interceptions.
Brady set the NFL record for most consecutive post-season wins (10) during New England’s run for three Super Bowl championships from 2002-2005. The future hall of fame QB expects to be back at his best when the Patriots rematch the New York Giants on the big stage Sunday, February 5th at 6:30 PM.
The last time he and coach Bill Belichick played for the title was in 2008, when opposing QB Eli Manning led his Giants downfield with a handful of signature plays to end New England’s run at a perfect season in Super Bowl XLII. The time for revenge is now. Brady has so far been able to get back at most teams responsible for knocking him out since his last championship in 2005, starting with the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens.
The redemption campaign would be complete if he can lead New England to victory once more over the Giants. With a win next Sunday, Brady will have matched his childhood idol Joe Montana with four championships while passing his playoff wins record (which currently stands at 16). All could be recognized and celebrated at Lucas Oil Stadium, the house that longtime rival Peyton Manning built.
As sweet as the scenario sounds, this year’s Giants team is certainly no pushover. They beat out the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East Division and continued on to eliminate the once favored Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. Eli Manning holds a 2-1 record over Brady and the Patriots. Belichick stated earlier this week that the Giants are the best group they’ve prepared for all season.
“This is a team that we have some background with relative to the other NFC teams we’ve played through the years. We know how good they are,” said Belichick, also making note that New England suffered a Week 9 loss to the Giants. “We know this is the best team we’ve played. It’s going to take our best game. That’s the way it should be.”
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