So we move onto the Patriots, and the first meaningful matchup between the teams since Super Bowl XLII. Manning downplayed the significance of that.
"They have different players, they have new things," Manning said. "Obviously we are in New England so it is a totally different environment and situation."
Assuming neither team makes a roster move this week, there will be 21 players on the two combined rosters who played in Super Bowl XLII. Fourteen of them are Giants, and only seven Patriots remain from that team that was very nearly perfect four seasons ago.
The Giants who remain: Lawrence Tynes, Eli Manning, Corey Webster, Brandon Jacobs, Aaron Ross, Ahmad Bradshaw, Zak DeOssie, David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Dave Tollefson, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Snee, Kevin Boothe and Justin Tuck. Although they did not play in the game, Mathias Kiwanuka (IR) and D.J. Ware (inactive) were also on that team.
For the Patriots, their remaining players are: Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk, Stephen Gostkowski, Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Wes Welker and Vince Wilfork.