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Super Bowl XLVI GameThread: New England Patriots vs. New York Giants

It's finally here, friends: Super Bowl XLVI is under way in Indianapolis, with the New England Patriots and New York Giants both seeking to put the finishing touches on the latest glorious chapter in their respective franchise annals.

The hype is over. Now, for one last time in the 2011 NFL season, it's all about the football. These are two very good teams that each present matchup problems for the other. There is rich recent history between the two franchises; in 2007, the Pats beat the Giants 38-35 to wrap up a perfect regular season before the Giants ruined their bid for an undefeated season by winning Super Bowl XLII 17-14, while this year, the Giants ended the Patriots' 20-game home winning streak with a 24-20 win in Week 9.

Can the Giants make it three-of-four? Or will the Patriots preserve the trend of the regular season loser earning post-season glory? Enjoy the big game, folks!