Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brady under Pressure Is Formula for Giants; It Worked Last Time in the Super Bowl, and Pats QB Expecting More of the Same

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brady under Pressure Is Formula for Giants; It Worked Last Time in the Super Bowl, and Pats QB Expecting More of the Same

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Byline: Vito Stellino

INDIANAPOLIS | When the Giants met the Patriots in the Super Bowl four years ago, everyone remembers Eli Manning's game-winning touchdown drive featuring David Tyree's catch with the ball pinned against his helmet and Plaxico Burress' scoring reception with 35 seconds left.

Mostly forgotten is those dramatic catches might not have been possible if not for a Michael Strahan sack that allowed the Giants to stay within striking range.

That sack was emblematic of how the Giants' pass rush was key to their 17-14 victory last time and could be again in the Super Bowl rematch on Sunday.

The Giants sacked Brady five times in that game and didn't let him get in a comfort zone.

And this game also could turn on whether the Giants can contain Brady.

Four years ago, the Patriots led 7-3 midway through the third quarter. They had a third-and-7 at the Giants 25 when Strahan roared off the edge and sacked Brady for a six-yard loss. That put the Patriots in a fourth-and-13 at the 31.

Instead of attempting a long field goal, Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided to go for the first down. Brady then threw an incomplete pass and the Giants took over on downs.

Strahan is now a TV analyst, but the Giants' pass rush is just as good now as it was then. They've added defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul, Linval Joseph and Chris Canty and still have Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, who had two sacks in the last Super Bowl.

And the Giants aren't shy about saying they will be coming after Brady.

"The way to kill a snake is take off his head,'' Tuck said. "The way to kill an offense as potent as that one is, is making sure you take care of Brady.''

He added, "It always starts with making sure he's uncomfortable in the pocket. That being said, even when we hit Tom, it's just like he [isn't] rattled. …

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