FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick hasn't spent much time this week talking about the Patriots' Super Bowl 42 loss to the New York Giants, leading up to their Super Bowl 46 rematch next Sunday in Indianapolis.
But that doesn't mean he's completely blocked it from his memory.
While praising Giants quarterback Eli Manning on Thursday, Belichick acknowledged his ability to keep plays alive under heavy pressure, which was one of the qualities Manning used in his game-winning Super Bowl drive a few years back.
"He's doing a great job. He's an outstanding quarterback," said Belichick. "He can hurt you with his legs, not that he's looking to run for 100 yards or anything, but converting on third down, scrambling out of the pocket, keeping plays alive. We've seen that before.
"He's got a lot of skill and he uses all his weapons, spreads the ball around, and makes you defend everybody. And he wins. I mean, that's really what a quarterback's job is, to manage the game so that his team can win. That's what he's done."