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Super Bowl XLVI: Getting to Tom Brady

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and his teammates. (Getty) Photo Credit: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and his teammates. (Getty)

The battle at the line of scrimmage will be key when the Patriots' offense is on the field in Super Bowl XLVI. Tom Brady is usually one of the most poised quarterbacks in the league, but as the Giants have shown, he can be harassed into making mistakes under the type of pressure Big Blue is sure to bring Sunday.

Giants defensive line
The Giants' line was responsible for 411/2 of the team's third-best 48 sacks in the regular season. They have one of the top defensive-end rotations in the NFL, with three All-Pro-caliber ends taking shots at the quarterback on any given play.

DE Justin Tuck
6-5, 258 pounds

Tuck, left, had his toughness called into question by many as hebattled a litany of injuries throughout the season. But the defensive captain maintained the respect of his teammates. When he is healthy, Tuck's blend of size and speed - he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2004 - makes him a premier pass rusher.

DT Chris Canty
6-7, 317 pounds

A versatile lineman who has played as a defensive end, Canty, below, was on the interior this year and was the only lineman to start all 16 games.

DT Linval Joseph
6-4, 323 pounds

More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Giants, already loaded on the defensive line, made Joseph, below, their second-round pick in 2010. He's rewarded their faith, however, as a starter in his second year.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul
6-5, 270 pounds

A first-year starter, Pierre-Paul has stepped into the void created by the injury-plagued seasons of Tuck and Osi Umenyiora (who will get situational work) and become an All-Pro defensive end in the process. His 161/2 sacks this season were fourth in the NFL.


Patriots offensive line
Tom Brady, below, would not be himself without the protection of his always-stellar offensive line. With injuries to two starters and the retirement of a third, there are new faces in this year's group. However, the unit kept Brady upright during the most prolific season of his career.

LT Matt Light
6-4, 305 pounds

Light has been protecting Brady's blind side since the QB's first year as a starter in 2001, when Light was a rookie, receiving first-team All-Pro honors once and going to three Pro Bowls.

LG Logan Mankins
6-4, 307 pounds

Mankins' lengthy contract dispute with the Patriots' was resolved in August with a six-year, $51 million deal and a $20 million signing bonus. Mankins reached his fourth Pro Bowl this season.

C Dan Connolly
6-4, 311 pounds

Signed onto the practice squad after being cut by the Jaguars in 2007, Connolly, left, replaced injured starter Dan Koppen. He holds the record of longest kickoff return by a lineman (71 yards).

RG Brian Waters
6-3, 318 pounds

After 11 seasons in Kansas City, Waters joined New England this season and replaced the retired Stephen Neal. The 16-game starter made his sixth Pro Bowl.

RT Nate Solder
6-8, 319 pounds

Drafted 17th overall last year, Solder has filled in for second-year tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who has battled injuries all season after starting 16 games in 2010.


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