Super Bowl Matchups: DBs

In Part 7 of a series, we take a unit-by-unit look at Sunday's game between the Patriots and Giants. Both teams' secondary depth will be tested by the opposing quarterbacks.


No Super Bowl participant has allowed more than the 293.9 passing yards per game the Patriots surrendered during the regular season. While cornerback Kyle Arrington tied for the league lead with seven interceptions, there's a reason he was able to snag so many passes — he was a popular target. Devin McCourty is the team's best cover man, and strong safety Patrick Chung can bring the lumber. But the Patriots are frighteningly thin in the secondary while preparing for a deep receiving corps. Sterling Moore, who was on the Raiders' practice squad earlier this season, and wide receiver Julian Edelman figure prominently into the game plan when the Giants spread the field.

The Giants seemed to put a defensive back a week on injured reserve from the outset of training camp. But they have steadied the ship and are solid on the corners with Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, while coordinator Perry Fewell relies on the versatility of free safety Antrel Rolle and the athleticism of strong safety Kenny Phillips. Like the Patriots, the Giants don't run deep. Rookie Prince Amukamara will be tested in the nickel package.


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