The Cowboys went 0-3 against the conference champions. Tom Brady and Eli Manning both mounted fourth-quarter comebacks against Rob Ryan's defense. And, of course, the Giants defeated Dallas, 31-14, on New Year's Day to clinch the NFC East title.
What do you expect the final score to be in Super Bowl XLVI? Post your picks in the comments below or vote for your choice here.
Here is how the Star-Telegram staff predicts the Super Bowl to play out:
Mac Engel, columnist:
Giants 27, Patriots 24... Giants front four get to Brady enough to make the difference. Eli will get the second Super Bowl title that Peyton never will.
Charean Williams, beat writer:
Giants 24, Patriots 20... Eli Manning isn’t Tim Tebow or Joe Flacco. He should be able to exploit the Patriots defense, while Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and company will get after Tom Brady, who has been less than Super in five of his past six postseason games.
Carlos Mendez, beat writer:
Giants 28, Patriots 26... Manning and Brady cancel each other out. The Giants win it with a running game the Patriots can’t stop.
Randy Galloway, columnist:
Giants 27, Patriots 26... I’m holding my nose and holding down my breakfast in picking the dog-butted Giants. But, yes. Eli over Brady.
Clarence E. Hill Jr., beat writer:
Giants 28, Patriots 24... Elite Manning, aka dumb face, now has two rings to Tony Romo’s one playoff win. Ouch.