By: Anthony Sganga
Copy Editor

After the conclusion of one of the most thrilling NFC Championship Games to date, the New York Giants will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.

While the Patriots enter the match-up as three point favorites, the Giants are by no means an underdog. It is even a possibility that they may walk away with a fourth Lombardi Trophy. Here are some factors that will play a role in deciding the Giants’ destiny.

During the NFC Championship Game, the Giants’ offense showed that they can be resilient, even in the face of a top defense. After being sacked six times, No. 10, Eli Manning, still found ways to hit his receivers, No. 80, Victor Cruz, and No. 88, Hakeem Nicks, made receptions even in the tightest of spaces.

This quality will need to be shown again as the Patriots’ No. 75, Vince Wilfork, a key contributor in New England’s 23-20 victory over the Ravens, will surely find ways to disrupt the Giants offensive line and have Manning throw out of the pocket.

Continuing with the offense, the running duo of No. 27, Brandon Jacobs, and No. 44, Ahmed Bradshaw, will need to have a strong showing in order for the Giants to keep the Patriots in check.

If New York’s running game can be consistent, this will allow long drives that will keep No. 12, Tom Brady on the sidelines where he is least dangerous. If the two backs can combine for more than 150 yards, a Giants victory becomes much more probable.

On defense, the Giants have shown increasing strength since their Christmas Eve win against the Jets. Since then, the Giants defense has allowed an average of 13.4 points per game.

Another factor on defense will be if the Giants will be able to pressure and sack Tom Brady like they did in Super Bowl 42.  Brady is susceptible under pressure and is prone to throw an errant interception that could mark the difference between victory and defeat.

Still, given these factors, when the final whistle is blown at Lucas Oil Stadium its 24-20, Giants.