"Early in the season, they wouldn't run the ball as consistent," Giants safety Kenny Phillips said, "but throughout the playoffs they are doing a lot better."
With a balanced offense, the Patriots can cool the aggression of the Giants pass rush. Devote too many players to charging Brady, and Green-Ellis can run free for big gains.
Finally, the Patriots, as much as they deny it, should gain motivation from their 17-14 loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl four years ago on a last-minute touchdown.
"Unfortunately, we know what it's like to not come out on top," tackle Matt Light said. "You want to make sure you don't put yourself in that position."
They won't, not with Belichick and Brady leading the way.
Final score: Patriots, 31, Giants 24.
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