A History of the Giants vs the Patriots

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012

Special to Sportspage Weekly

QUICK FACTS:
Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVI, is the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts and Manning’s brother, Peyton. The noise in domes can be deafening, but Manning has a very logical reason for not asking Peyton for tips on how to deal with it…..How much will the Giants run the football, so as not to put the entire game on Eli Manning’s shoulders? In the November meeting, they ran 29 times for 111 yards. A high number of carries like that helps limit Tom Brady’s time on the field……After throwing those two picks against the Giants in Week 9, Brady tossed only two more interceptions the rest of the regular season….This will be New York’s fifth Super Bowl. The Giants are 3-1, having won Super Bowl XXI and XXV under Bill Parcells, and XLII under Tom Coughlin. Coughlin was actually an assistant on Parcells’ staff when they won Super Bowl XXV, coaching the wide receivers….Bill Belichick was also an assistant on that team, as well as the ’86 Giants that won Super Bowl XXI, serving as defensive coordinator. Later, he was Parcells’ defensive coordinator on the 1996 Patriots team that lost Super Bowl XXXI to the Packers. This is Belichick’s fifth Super Bowl appearance as New England’s head coach….New England lost its first Super Bowl (XX) to the infamous ’85 Bears. The club wore the Pat Patriot jerseys in that game. Any chance they go with the throwbacks this time around?…..Manning set an NFL record on Sunday with his fifth road playoff win…..As the last time these two met,  New England will be the home team as the AFC and NFC alternate each year, and it’s the AFC’s turn, as it was in ’07….even though the Los Angeles area currently lacks an NFL franchise, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in 2009 that Super Bowl L (for the 2015 season, to be held in February 2016) could be held there to mark the fiftieth Super Bowl and to commemorate Super Bowl I, which was held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. If Los Angeles were to host the game, it could be held at the proposed Farmers Field in Downtown Los Angeles or at the proposed Los Angeles Stadium in City of Industry, California. The NFL has not had a franchise in the city since the 1994 season and has not played a Super Bowl in the metropolitan area since 1993. It is expected that the venue for Super Bowl L will be announced in May 2012…..with the exception of travel and production expenses, the NFL has never paid appearance fees to the Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Britney Spears, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, Diddy, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Kid Rock or other halftime performers……the Super Bowl annually ranks as the most-watched TV program of the year, reaching 140 million U.S. viewers and 1 billion global viewers in 220 countries.

HEAD TO HEAD:

REGULAR SEASON GAME RESULTS

1970 – NY Giants 16 – Boston Patriots 0.

1974 – NY Giants 20 – NE Patriots 28.

1987 – New England 10 – NY Giants 17.

1990 – NY Giants 13 – New England 10.

1996 – New England 23 – NY Giants 22.

1999 – NY Giants 14 – New England 16.

2003 – NY Giants – 6 – New England 17.

2007 – New England 38 – NY Giants – 35.

POST SEASON HISTORY RESULTS:

Super Bowl XLII (Glendale, AZ) NY Giants 17 – New England 14.

SERIES RECAP:

Regular Season – NE Patriots lead series, 5-3.

Post Season – NY Giants lead series – 1-0.

Regular Season Total Points Scored – NY Giants 143 – New England 142.

Post Season Total Points Scored – NY Giants 17 – New England 14.

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