Giants' fans will see plenty of Super Bowl XLII highlights on Sunday's Giants-Patriots broadcast—which should help take the sting out of the actual game. New England hasn't lost a regular season home game since 2008, and they haven't lost back-to-back games since 2009. They were already going to be a tough opponent. Then the injury bug hit the Giants and turned the improbable into the almost impossible.

New York will almost certainly be without three key offensive players, Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and David Baas. On defense, it sounds like Jason Pierre-Paul will miss the game with concussion symptoms. New England is, as always, a supremely talented football team. They have gained the third-most yards in the league and their offense is among the leaders with 202 points scored. They are vulnerable on defense, allowing the most yards in the league, but will the Giants be able to exploit that weakness when they are missing three offensive starters?

The thought here is that they will not. You can't spell "E-L-I-T-E" without "E-L-I" and Manning will keep New York in it, but they don't have the firepower to pull off this upset.