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|COSTAS, MICHAELS, COLLINSWORTH, DUNGY & HARRISON WEIGH IN ON GIANTS-PATRIOTS|
“Brady meets Manning in Indianapolis, but its Eli, not Peyton.” – Costas
“It’s a great chess match with two elite quarterbacks and two teams with great traditions and great histories.” — Michaels
“I expect greatness from the game.” – Collinsworth
“The pass rushers are going to tell the story.” – Dungy
“They might deny it, but it’s a factor. It matters.” – Harrison on the rematch
|NEW YORK – January 22, 2012 – The New York Giants and New England Patriots will meet in Super Bowl XLVI on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. NBC Sports’ coverage begins at Noon ET that day with the Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Game Show. The game will mark the 17th Super Bowl broadcast by NBC, equaling CBS for the most Super Bowls broadcast by any network.
The Sunday Night Football production team of Fred Gaudelli (producer) and Drew Esocoff (director) will produce Super Bowl XLVI. Sunday Night Football, this year’s most-watched primetime television program, has won the Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Series in each of the last three seasons. Gaudelli and Esocoff led NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIII from Tampa, Fla., which was honored with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.
Following are comments by Sunday Night Football analysts Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, and Football Night in America commentators Bob Costas, Tony Dungy, and Rodney Harrison about the New York Giants-New England Patriots matchup in Super Bowl XLVI:
ON GIANTS-PATRIOTS: “No matter how they got there, this would be a bold-faced matchup: Patriots-Giants, a rematch of one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever with the key principals still in place – the coaches and the quarterbacks. When you think of how they got here and how good the games were today with the Patriots almost going to overtime and the Giants in fact going to overtime.
MICHAELS ON GIANTS: “Much as it was the case four years ago, the Giants were almost given up for dead in early December, and stayed alive with a tremendous comeback on that Sunday night in Dallas, which set them up for this post-season run.”
MICHAELS ON THE MATCHUP: “An extremely attractive matchup. The Patriots offense against the Giants defense that is playing a heck of a lot better than it was playing earlier in the season. The Patriots defense of late has played better, too. So it’s a great chess match with two elite quarterbacks and two teams with great traditions and great histories. It should be a terrific matchup.”
ON GIANTS SEASON: “It reminds me so much of what happed in 2007, the lowest of expectations going into the playoffs, and were they going to even make the playoffs. It’s really a credit to the resiliency of Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. Somehow this team just finds a way in the most unlikely of circumstances to come together and to play great football. What Eli has done with his come-from-behind wins this year has been remarkable.”
ON SUPER BOWL XLII REMATCH: “These teams do know each other. There are some of the same players and coaches, but the way both teams play is significantly different. The Patriots don’t have the deep passing game that Randy Moss gave them. Now they utilize the two tight ends. The Giants were a running team, but now it’s Eli.”
ON WHAT TO WATCH FOR: “The pass rushers are going to tell the story. Both quarterbacks and receiving corps are operating at a high level. I expect the secondaries to have a tough time, which is why I think the team that can generate the most quarterback pressure will have an advantage. The Giants have obviously been hot at pressuring the quarterback the latter part of the season, but the Patriots have gotten hot the last two games.”
ON THE MATCHUP: “It’s going to be a great matchup. You have veteran coaches on both sides and many of the key players competed in Super Bowl XLII. The stadium is a wash. It favors the passing game, but it also favors pass rushers. It will make for a better game for the fans.”
ON SUPER BOWL XLII REMATCH: “I definitely think it’s a factor. The Patriots still have Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk, Wes Welker and others players who still have bitter tastes in their mouths. They might deny it, but it’s a factor. It matters.”
ON GIANTS: During the regular season, the Giants were very inconsistent. Right now, they are the most complete team in the playoffs. You really don’t want to face a team that can get after the ball like they can. They are a very scary team for the Patriots to face.
“The Giants are resilient. They believe right now, no matter what the situation. They went to Green Bay and beat the No. 1 offense. They go to San Francisco and beat the No. 1 defense. What can’t they do? They are not afraid and they are a scary team right now.”
ON PATRIOTS: “If you’re the Patriots, you have to be excited about how your defense is playing. They are really showing a mental toughness that wasn’t there in the regular season. They aren’t perfect, but they are playing a lot better. I think what Bill Belichick has done is to tell the unit that the regular season is over and now they have an opportunity to prove themselves based on what they’ve done in the playoffs. They are playing loose and having fun.”