SB 46 Intel: While Giants chirp, Patriots praise

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SB 46 Intel: While Giants chirp, Patriots praise

FOXBORO - There's been a steady flow of effluence from the Giants and we aren't even in Indy yet.

Whether it's Osi Umenyiora explaining that he doesn't like Matt Light or Mario Manningham pleading to have Julian Edelman on the field, the Giants mouths are running a little wild in advance of Super Bowl XLVI.

The Patriots? Likely letting the Giants words foment while they smile and praise.
Asked this week if the Giants should be miffed that Las Vegas made them the underdogs for next Sunday's game, Vince Wilfork said, "I would see why people would say they need to be favored theyre a heck of a ball club. It seems like the later in the season it gets, the better they get. They peak at the right time. I understand and trust me, I see the same thing that they see."

It's worth remembering that this Giants team finished the season 9-7. The Patriots finished 13-3. The Giants lost four in a row and five out of six in November and December. The Patriots haven't lost since November 6. That loss, of course, came against the Giants, 24-20.

The Giants have since won three playoff games, knocking off the first and second seeds in the NFC and not allowing an offensive point to the Falcons in the Wild Card round.

Wilfork sees what's up.

"I watch film a little bit more in depth than those guys and the Giants are a real good football team," said Wilfork. "Theyre coached very well and they have playmakers everywhere."
As Wilfork pointed out, though, the Vegas spread is not going to be the determining factor next Sunday.

"At the end of the day, no one can write what the outcome is going to be or who is going to win the game," said Wilfork. "You cant predict it. Its going to be up to those two ball clubs on Sunday, on game day, to see who wins that ball game between the lines. Thats what its going to boil down to and hopefully we have what it takes because Im pretty sure theyre going to be pretty psyched and theyre going to be very excited to play. Were going to have to match their intensity."

The Giants are certainly giving New England fuel for that intensity.