During his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shared his initial thoughts on facing the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
Brady said the Patriots will naturally look back to this season's Nov. 6 game between the teams, when the Giants posted a 24-20 victory at Gillette Stadium.
"We'll certainly look at that game, several times," Brady told hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. "You see matchups, you see how your guys match up against their guys, route-running, and blocking and so forth. It will have absolutely zero impact on the game, but at the same time hopefully we can learn some lessons from that game. We really lost the turnover battle in that game, which really hurt us. It was a great game. Eli [Manning] drove the team down and scored with just a few seconds left.
"It was a great game and sets up for a great rematch between two teams, really, who have earned the right to represent their conferences in the Super Bowl. It's a great feeling for all of us players.
"Not that I've ever taken for granted being there, because I certainly haven't, but you really realize how hard it is to get there, even when you have great teams, like a lot of teams this year, whether it's Baltimore or Green Bay or the Saints, or San Francisco. Everyone has had great seasons but there are only a few teams that can play in this game."
A few other aspects of the interview stood out:
1. Brady didn't sleep well. Brady said he didn't get a lot of sleep last night and the one play that bothered him more than any other was his long-bomb interception to Matthew Slater in the fourth quarter. "That was probably the play that kept me up all night last night," he said.
2. Pain of Super Bowl loss lingers. Brady said he still can't watch highlights from the Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
3. Getting a feel for Giants defense. Brady said the Giants' pass rush is "one of the best you'll face in the league" and it's a very physical unit. Brady mentioned that the Patriots had four turnovers in the Nov. 6 meeting against the Giants.
4. Team playing for the late Myra Kraft. "She's with us every step of the way. We wear those patches on our jersey and the painting that was commissioned by our team, for Mr. Kraft, is in the locker room on game day. I'm sure it will be there on Super Bowl Sunday, too. It's a reminder for us what a special season this is for the owner of this team and his family, and all the people who love Mr. Kraft so much. There is plenty of spirituality in our locker room. It's really a great reflection for all of us to have that patch on our jersey. Hopefully we go out and represent her well."