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Giants make history with trip to Arizona

By Markus Franklin
Assistant Sports Editor

When the New York Giants play the New England Patriots on Feb. 3, two teams with different approaches will battle each other for the Vince Lombardi trophy.

The Giants come into the game having won 10 of 11 road games, including 10 in a row and the last two coming in the playoffs at Dallas and Green Bay.

The Patriots on the other hand have a chance to do what no other team except the 1972 Dolphins has done, go undefeated in both the regular season and the postseason.

The Dolphins finished 17-0 and now the Pats have a chance to become the National Football League’s only 19-0 franchise.

The Patriots enter the game with a future Hall of Famer Tom Brady leading the way.

The Pats also have the league’s most talented corp of receivers led by Randy Moss. Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth could be number one receivers on other teams in the NFL, but instead have taken a lesser role and made important catches to aid in the pursuit of perfection.

So what chance do the Giants realistically have to stop the perfect Patriots?

The Giants only have one option and that is too keep the ball from the Patriots.

They must control the clock and keep time of possession in their favor.

In order to do this the Giants must dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

The offensive line needs to be able to open up holes for Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Being aggressive on the other side though means that Giants will leave their corners in one-on-one situations.

The Giants front seven must pressure Brady and make him make bad decisions.

Pro Bowler Osi Umenyiora and Strahan should provide adequate pressure from the edges to rattle Brady.

The week 17 matchup between the Giants and Patriots may have given the Patriots their biggest scare.

The Giants held a double digit lead for the most part, yet the Patriots were able to come back and win
on the road.

Manning played very well against the vaunted Patriots defense.

If he is able to have similiar success, this game should an entertaining affair.

If the Giants can control the line of scrimmage and keep Brady off the field to limit the potent Patriot offense from scoring, then and only then, can the Giants pull out one of the most amazing upsets against one of the most amazing teams in Super Bowl history.

 

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