Deja blue all over again

Quarterbacks Tom Brady, left,and Eli Manning of the Giants have been there, done that. 

Here are 10 similarities between the two New York Giants Super Bowl runs, in 2007 and 2011:

1. In 2007 the Giants lost to the undefeated Patriots in the regular season. In 2011, the Giants lost to the undefeated Packers in the regular season. The final score of each game was 38-35.

2. In the 14th game of the 2007 season, the Giants lost to the Redskins 22-10. In the 14th game of the 2011 season, the Giants lost to the Redskins 23-10.

3. The Giants won playoff games on the frozen turf of Green Bay’s Lambeau field in 2007 and 2011.

4. The Giants won both the 2007 and 2011 NFC Championships games on field goals by Lawrence Tynes in overtime; beating the Packers and the 49ers respectively.

5. Without a first-round bye, the Giants won four consecutive playoff games in each Super Bowl run.

6. Eli Manning was the MVP in both Super Bowl wins (XLII and XLVI) against the Patriots.

7. Justin Tuck had two sacks of Tom Brady in each game.

8. Each game-winning, late fourth quarter Giant drive was sparked by an outstanding passing play,Manning to David Tyree in 2007 and then Manning to Mario Manningham in 2011.

9. In each Super Bowl, Manning vs. Brady was the quarterback matchup. In fact, Super Bowl XLVI marked only the third time in history that quarterbacks who had won previous Super Bowls faced off. Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw and Dallas’ Roger Staubach met in 1976 and again in 1979.

10. Tom Coughlin of the Giants and Bill Belichick, each of whom served as assistants to Bill Parcells when the Giants won Super Bowl XXV, matched wits in both games. Super Bowl XLVI marked only the fourth time in history that coaches who had won previous Super Bowls met, joining Bill Walsh (49ers) and Don Shula (Dolphins), 1985, and Chuck Noll (Steelers) and Tom Landy (Cowboys), 1976 and 1979.

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