NY Giants vs New England Patriots Super Bowl XLVI

With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, there’s lots of little nuggets and tidbits of information you may have missed. So this is our attempt at trying to keep you informed of the minutia.

Let me know what you think about the rematch, I’m interested in your thoughts I’d love to use some in another post.  You can leave them in the comments of this post, email them to me or tweet them to me.  I look forward to your opinions regardless of what team you root for.

When the Patriots and Giants meet on February 5th it will be 3 months since the Patriots last lost a football game.  That was Week 9 in Foxboro to the Giants.

According to Bill Belichick’s girlfriend Linda Holliday’s twitter account, there will be no red hoodie in Indy.

The Patriots under Belichick are 7-2 in the playoffs when having a bye week.  Their only losses are in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants and in the 2010 playoffs to the New York Jets.

The Patriots also average nearly a full touchdown more in margin of victory when coming off a playoff bye.

How last years debacles in Dallas lead to this years Social Media monitoring hub at the Super Bowl via Fang’s Bites.

Fang’s Bites gives us this as well, NBC Sports Group coverage plans for Super Bowl XLVI.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has bet New England clam chowder against a New York cheesecake from New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Senator Kerry urges Sunbeam Television and DirecTV to come to a settlement before the Super Bowl or some Boston area fans will be blacked out from the game.

The NFL will be tracking tweets about the Super Bowl under the primary hashtag of #SB46.

The NFL owners have extended Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract through 2018.

Will Chad Ochocinco dress for the Super Bowl after being inactive for the AFC Championship Game?

Tom Brady graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

This is just the third rematch in Super Bowl history among starting QB’s.  The others were Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach (Pittsburgh-Dallas) and Troy Aikman and Jim Kelly (Dallas-Buffalo).  The two previous rematches were won by the same QB both times.

WR Wes Welker got engaged to the former Miss Hooters, Anna Burns.

The Patriots placed practice squad WR Dorin Dickerson on the IR and signed TE Carson Butler to the practice squad.

On Thursday the only players missing from practice were TE Rob Gronkowski and practice squad TE Carson Butler.

Do you want to hear Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl prediction?  Well as of right now you’re going to have to wait.

Baltimore’s Bernard Pollard hopes the Giants “put a thrashing” on the Patriots.

The seating capacity has been set at Lucas Oil Field at 67,000, that’s 35,000 seats less than Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

Ann Mara breaks shoulder and is ‘probable’ for the Super Bowl.

Giants Justin Tuck is preparing for an epic Super Bowl.

Looking for Super Bowl tickets?  The Boston Globe has some information on what is available through Ace Ticket.

Which Patriots team is your all-time favorite?  Personally I like the 1-15 Rod Rust squad…hey I’m hopped up on antihistamine.

A list of Super Bowl XLVI hotel deals and Indianapolis visitor information.

Why the Patriots and Giants are the perfect match up.

A portrait of faith for the Patriots.

The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian has a look back at Super Bowl XLII and it’s affect on the Patriots.

Why everyone else hates the Patriots.

ESPN’s Sports Science took a look at Sterling Moore’s game saving play from the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots will face the New York Giants on February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Super Bowl XLVI.  Look for the Sox & Dawgs “In The Red Zone Game Preview” available on the Friday before the game.

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