New England Patriots and New York Giants to meet (again) in Super Bowl

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo, New York Giants' Eli Manning, right, is congratulated by New England Patriots' Tom Brady after the Giants' 24-20 win in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Brady has three Super Bowl rings, with another taken away by Manning and the Giants in 2008. Both will face off again in the 2012 Super Bowl

Talk about a super sequel.

Four years after New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert, the Patriots and Giants are going at it again at the Super Bowl—this time in Indianapolis.

Brady and Belichick. Eli and Coughlin. Both teams rolling through the playoffs.

Yep, here we go again.

New England opens as a 3-point favorite for the Feb. 5 game.

It took overtime for the Giants to advance over the scrappy San Francisco 49ers, but after a long pass by Manning, the Giants became NFC champs after a 31-yard field goal.

It's familiar territory for Tom Brady and the Patriots (15-3), who are playing in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in 11 years. New England is in the big game for the seventh time overall, second only to the eight trips by Pittsburgh and Dallas.

But it's the Patriots' first appearance since Eli Manning and the Giants (12-7) upset New England's pursuit of perfection in 2008.

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