The Patriots are seeking a second consecutive Super Bowl victory, but Giants QB Eli Manning believes the Eagles have the potential to win their first Super Bowl title.
"I think they have the makeup to hang with the Patriots and beat the Patriots," Manning said on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. "They have a great defensive line, they get pressure on the quarterback. They should be able to get pressure on (Tom) Brady, especially up the middle. They're not blitzing a whole lot so they can keep guys in coverage and keep everything in front and try to get pressure on Tom."
The Giants were anchored by strong defensive units when they beat the Patriots in the 2007-08 and 2011-12 Super Bowls, including a five-sack effort in the first Super Bowl. Justin Tuck had two sacks, while Michael Strahan, Kawika Mitchell, and Jay Alford each had a sack.
"That's always the key to slowing down a good quarterback is, can you get to him?" Manning said. "Can you get to him quickly and throw off his timing?"
The Eagles beat the Giants twice in 2017, even as Manning threw for 366 yards and 434 yards, respectively. The Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles helped Philadelphia gain momentum for a playoff push, yet they were often cast as underdogs -- even as they were the top seed.
"I think you definitely use it as motivation," Manning said. "Philly has done a great job throughout the playoffs of using that as their motivation. Even though they were the No. 1 seed they were the underdogs in each playoff game. It can be a great us-against-the-world, let's go prove everybody wrong (mentality) when you can use that and truly believe you can win the game."