If footage of Super Bowl XLII pops on, Tom Brady doesn't throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave and kick back. The Patriots quarterback has little interest in viewing the Giants' 17-14 comeback win, which continues to haunt him four years later.
"I still can't watch highlights of that game," Brady said Monday on his weekly radio spot on Boston's WEEI. "I think that's just the way it is. You get to the end, and we had a great opportunity there and really squandered it because we didn't play our very best."
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The Patriots will get a crack at revenge against the Giants in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 in Super Bowl XLVI.
The Giants scored with 15 seconds left to hand New England a 24-20 loss Nov. 6 in Foxboro. That was the teams' first meeting since Eli Manning's 13-yard pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining spoiled the Patriots' bid for a 19-0 season.
Two months ago, the Giants led 10-0 in the third quarter, but the Patriots went ahead 20-17 with 1:36 to play on Brady's 14-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. They couldn't hold on, however, losing on Manning's 1-yard toss to Jake Ballard. The Patriots haven't been beaten since, winning 10 in a row.
"We'll certainly look at that game, several times," said Brady, who's chasing his fourth Super Bowl ring. "It will have absolutely zero impact on the game, but at the same time, hopefully, we can learn some lessons from that game.
"It was a great game. It sets up for a great rematch."
Brady praised the Giants' defense, which yielded 438 yards in their November meeting.
"The Giants have a very good defense," he said. "They've got guys that can cover, one of the best pass rushes that you'll face -- very physical linebackers, they tackle well. We didn't score a lot of points against them last time. You're not going to beat the Giants turning the ball over four times. We escaped the last few weeks [despite] turning the ball over."
Brady was the main culprit Sunday against the Ravens, with two interceptions and an uncharacteristic 57.7 passer rating. Those numbers have him salivating for the moment he can step onto the Lucas Oil Stadium field and get back after it.
"There's plenty of motivation there," he said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can these next two weeks to be prepared and to hopefully go out there and play the best game I've ever played. That's what I'm expecting. I know that's what my teammates expect from me.
"We're going to work our butts off. Coach said last week, 'Put your blinders on and just focus on the target.' All of our energy and attention is going to be focused on what we need to do to win this game."
Gronkowski in walking boot. Gronkowski reportedly will be available in 12 days for the Super Bowl despite injuring his left ankle Sunday. The Associated Press reported he wore a removable boot Monday as he walked into the trainer's area. He did not speak to the media.