Patriots-Giants to meet in Super Bowl XLVI


Patriots-Giants to meet in Super Bowl XLVI

It took four quarters and an overtime in the San Francisco rain, but the results are in: Super Bowl XLVI will be a rematch.

The Giants got a 31-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes in overtime to push New York past the 49ers in the NFC title game, 20-17.

In two weeks, New England will be waiting for them in Indianapolis.

The Giants advanced to the big game much in the same way the Patriots did, benefiting from their opponent's miscues. The 49ers fumbled a punt in overtime and the Giants recovered, immediately putting them in field goal range to win the game.

The Patriots and Giants met in Week 9 of the regular season. The visiting Giants left with a win, 24-20. In that game, Eli Manning drove the field with less than two minutes remaining and found tight end Jake Ballard with 15 seconds left to win.

The Patriots and Giants met in the Super Bowl four years ago, you may remember. While the faces of both franchises -- quarterbacks Tom Brady and Eli Manning -- are the same, the teams have undergone significant change since the Giants spoiled New England's perfect season with a 17-14 win in Super Bowl XLII.

For New England, Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison and Randy Moss are gone. In the Giants' locker room, Michael Strahan, Plaxico Burress and unlikely hero David Tyree have all moved on.

In the next two weeks we'll get into the matchups of the here-and-now. But the "rematch" storylines will crop up in large numbers and be widely available for mass consumption, too. Whether or not the masses in New England will be able to stomach the rehashing of those memories is another story.

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win


Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins completed a 3-1 road trip.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between - this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. . Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. . Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. . Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. . Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. . Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. . The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.


Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.