The "Super" storylines are set.
The Giants-Patriots rematch.
Peyton's brother vs Peyton's rival in Peyton's place.
There will be no shortage of top angles heading into Super Bowl XLVI February 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis when the Giants battle the Patriots.
Among the South Bend storylines will be the Notre Dame connections returning to the Hoosier state for the big game. The Irish will have one player on each side of the ball.
Sergio Brown, who played safety under Charlie Weis from 2006-2009, will represent the Patriots. Brown was an undrafted free agent signing by New England in 2010. He's a reserve for the Pats but made a key tackle on a Pats punt, just before Baltimore's failed attempt to tie the game on the final drive.
Leading the Irish contingency for the Giants will be 2-time All Pro defensive lineman Justin Tuck, who was a part of New York's Super Bowl win in XLII over the Patriots. The Giants made an unexpected incredible run to the Super Bowl that season too.
"It is kind of eerie," Tuck said of the comparisons between now and four years ago. "We kind of downplay that these playoff runs, but I would be lying to you if I said 'it didn't feel like '07.' We are playing the Patriots again too."
"It's been fun. Both teams have had their own identities and you don't want to take anything away from the '07 team, but it seems like this team--we're going to be a tough out."
Tuck had 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two quarterback hits in Sunday's 20-17 overtime win over the 49ers in San Francisco.
Fellow Notre Dame alum Mark Bavaro, who helped the Giants win Super Bowl titles in '86-'87 and '90-'91 presented Giants owners Steve Tisch and John Mara with the NFC Championship trophy after the game.
Mara's nephew, Tim McDonnell, currently serves as Notre Dame's Director of Football Personnel. Tim's grandfather, Wellington Mara, was the longtime owner of the Giants before his passing in 2005. Tim's great grandfather, Tim Mara, founded the Giants in 1925.
The Giants and Patriots will battle February 5th at 6:30pm at Lucas Oil Stadium In Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLVI. You can watch the game right here on Channel 16.
WNDU will have you covered all the way through the Super Bowl as Jeff Jeffers and Angelo Di Carlo will be in Indianapolis bringing you all the major storylines surrounding the big game.