Head to Head: The Offenses

We take a look at the two offenses that will be on the field Sunday.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

The old saying may be defense wins championships but for this Super Bowl, you can scratch that out and insert offense. In a matchup between two less than spectacular defenses, offense is going to be key and both the New York Giants and the New England Patriots have pretty good ones.

The Patriots are a more pass first offense though their rushing numbers are better than what people think. They rely mainly on a two tight end formation that puts their athletic big men in situations that are advantageous to Tom Brady. Brady and the Pats offense aren't like to stretch the field, as evidenced in the AFC Championship game where the only deep ball thrown by Brady was intercepted, but they can and will din a dunk you to death. With the short passing game perfected, the Patriots rely heavily on their receivers and backs to get yards after the catch.

The Giants, on the other side, are a more vertical team. They love to throw the deep ball and with as talented, and dangerous, a duo of receivers as they have in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, you can bet they are going to be tormenting the weak Patriots secondary all game long.

To go along with that outside speed, New York also has a pair of quality rushers in Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Their one-two punch wasn't that potent in the regular season but has come on as of late and is something that the Patriots must take account of.

Overall, both these teams are more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard so it may easily come down to who has the ball last. With the level of quarterback play on either team, there is no counting anyone out in this game


By The Numbers

New England Patriots: Led the league with 32.1 points a game while allowing 21.4. Averaged 428 yards per game with 317 passing yards and 110 rushing yards a game.

New York Giants: Averaged 24.6 points a game while allowing 25.0. Averaged 295 passing yards and 89 rushing yards a game.


Tom Brady, Patriots: Had a 65.6% in completions while passing for 5235 yards with 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Eli Manning, Giants: had a 61.0% in completions while passing 4933 yards with 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.


The Edge: Tie