Kevin Boss is more of a complete player than injured Jeremy Shockey. Still, New England's Benjamin Watson is a weapon in the red zone. (Two of his three catches in the playoffs have been for touchdowns.)
New York middle linebacker Antonio Pierce is the backbone of the defense, and weak-side linebacker Kawika Mitchell has stepped up his play. New England's linebackers have begun to look old, although Mike Vrabel is a do-it-all player.
New England cornerback Asante Samuel is a ball magnet, and safety Rodney Harrison is a physical presence in the box. New York's defensive backfield is a weakness, but cornerback Corey Webster has played better lately.
Both teams have the potential to break long returns, especially on kickoffs with the Patriots' Ellis Hobbs and the Giants' Domenik Hixon. Both teams also have inconsistent kickers.
New England's Bill Belichick rarely loses when he has two weeks to prepare for a team. New York's Tom Coughlin was on the hot seat all season.
New England has 20 players with Super Bowl experience. New York has three.
Bad ankle or not, Brady is golden in the Super Bowl. He'll finish off a perfect season with a near flawless performance.