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Giants vs. Patriots: 3 things to watch

We tell you what to watch for in the big Super Bowl XLII rematch.

1. Bye Bye Bradshaw

The one thing we won’t see is running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who suffered a broken bone in his foot and will be out indefinitely. That leaves the bulk of the carries to his rather large and maligned sidekick Brandon Jacobs. The bruising back will be leaned on heavily as a way to keep Tom Brady and Co. off the field – much the way the Steelers used a methodical approach in beating the Patriots last week. How well the Giants’ running game chews up clock could go a long way in determining the outcome.

2. Eli-te

Eli Manning made waves when he said he’s in the same class as Brady. What was thought as football blasphemy then has actually turned prophetic – so far. This current version of Manning has kept up yard-for-yard with the prolific Brady. Manning looks to be in store for a big game against a New England pass defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in every major statistic. The Pats’ secondary has nine interceptions, but four have come from one player (Kyle Arrington) and two more from a nose tackle (Vince Wilfork), which is more fluke than actual design. Sunday is Manning’s chance to show the league he can back up his bravado.

3. Brady is still pretty good

As much success as Manning should have, Brady should be able to equal it. Corey Webster has snared four of New York’s eight interceptions, but two came in one game. There isn’t a lockdown corner on the Giants’ roster and with the injury to the invaluable Justin Tryon (broken arm, out for season) and the not-yet-ready Prince Amukamara (foot), Big Blue’s secondary will be tested. Amukamara, the rookie first-round pick, hasn’t played a down yet due to a broken foot and has only been running with scout team this week, but hopes to return Sunday. But even if he does, Brady will no doubt test the rookie and keep him busy.

Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.

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