For Giants, much remains the same since 2008
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots jerseys may look the same, but the names on the back will be different this time around.
Super Bowl XLII featured four touchdowns; Laurence Maroney and Randy Moss found the end zone for the Pats. David Tyree and Plaxico Burress scored for the Giants. But none of those players will take the field on Super Sunday, and Burress is the only player still playing in the NFL.
That game was a defensive battle, but now most of the defensive stars make their living talking.
Giants' Antonio Pierce had 11 tackles in the 2008 game. He now works for ESPN with former patriot Tedy Bruschi, who made eight tackles.
Michael Strahan gave New England's line fits. Now, he's provides a pre-game rush for Fox.
Rodney Harrison made 12 tackles for the Pats that night and was also on the wrong end of David Tyree's historic catch. Now, he's breaking down the game for NBC.
“I would want revenge on the Giants and of course the Patriots would come out and say, ‘This is just another game,’ no it's not, it's not just another game. They took away which could have been inevitably the greatest season in NFL history,” Harrison said.
But some things remain the same. Two men who put points on the board are kicking their way back onto the field. Giants’ kicker Lawrence Tynes and Pats’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski both return.
The Giants two leading rushers in that game, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, continue to carry the load on the ground.
The Pats leading receiver that night is a familiar face. But Wes Welker didn't have his mustache back in '08.
The Giants pass rush hasn't slowed down. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora lead the charge once again.
In New England, Vince Wilfork remains in the middle of the defense.
The sidelines look familiar; Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin are still at the helm of their respective teams.
And of course, there are the quarterbacks. Eli Manning threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl XLII, winning the game's MVP award.
While Tom Brady has never watched game tape of Super Bowl XLII, he hopes the biggest difference this time around is on the scoreboard.
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