OK, we know the strengths and weaknesses of both the Giants’ and Patriots’ offense and defense. Now we will review both of their special teams. (Go back to “special men will make or break you” to review why they are so special.)
Ironically, both teams are in Indy right now because of special teams. The Giants made a field a goal in overtime to win the NFC Championship. Thanks to the Ravens missing a field goal at the end of the AFC championship game, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl.
The last time these two teams met in a Super Bowl, the Giants won by just three points. This game will be close. Neither team has a great return specialist, so we probably will not see an unforgettable return that changes the game. The difference will come from the guys kicking the ball.
Here are the crucial players for both the Giants and Patriots on special teams.
New York Giants
Lawrence Tynes (#9 Kicker) – No problem under a pressure. He made an overtime kick in the NFC championship game for the trip to Super Bowl XLVI.
Steve Weatherford (#5 Punter) – Very reliable. Averaged 45.7 yards this season.
New England Patriots
Stephen Gostkowski (#3 Kicker) - Third in the NFL in scoring and only missed five field goals this season.
Zoltan Mesko, (#14 Punter) – Averaged 46.5 yards this season.
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