A Giants-Patriots rematch means super drama. Here are five compelling subplots. — The Daily
Welcome to Rex Ryan's nightmare
It already wasn’t Ryan’s year, but his season just got even worse: His biggest rival is off to Indy, and so is the other Big Apple team. That’s a punch to the gut after losing to the Giants and Patriots three times this season.
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Victor Cruz’s journey from undrafted free agent to Giants’ most valuable offensive weapon is one of the NFL’s most inspiring tales this season. It’s up to the Patriots’ defense to figure out a way to stop him after a 10-catch, 142-yard performance vs. the 49ers.
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Gronk needs healing
The Year of the Tight End has really been the year of Rob Gronkowski’s dominance. Now, the focus will turn to the ankle he injured against the Ravens, which will need every day of the two weeks off to heal. He said he’ll “be ready” by that Sunday.
Legacies will be cemented
If Eli Manning wins on Peyton’s home turf, he’ll have one more ring than his big brother. If Tom Brady leads the Patriots to victory, he’ll be fitted for a fourth Super Bowl ring, which will tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most in league history.
The unknown heroes
Remember David Tyree? Most people hadn't heard his name before he pulled down that dramatic catch in the Super Bowl. Players like him step up in virtually every NFL game. So, we'll take you on a tour of the lesser-known players who make an impact every week. Introducing the NFL Unsung Heroes. -- Sid Saraf