Jan. 23, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Six University of Michigan football alumni will be competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy when the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion New York Giants meet in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady (1997-99) and punter Zoltan Mesko (2006-09) represent the Maize and Blue on the Patriots roster. New England defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship by a 23-20 score to earn its seventh Super Bowl bid overall and fifth in the last 11 seasons. Brady completed 22-of-36 attempts for 239 yards and one rushing touchdown against Baltimore. Mesko punted twice for a 48.5-yard average.
The Giants' roster boasts wide receiver Mario Manningham (2005-07) and center David Baas (2001-04). Among the coaching staff, linebackers coach Jim Herrmann played (1980-82) and coached (1985-2005) at Michigan, as did running backs coach Jerald Ingram, who played from 1979-81 and coached in Ann Arbor in 1984. Manningham made a 17-yard touchdown reception in New York's 20-17 overtime win at San Francisco to improve the Giants record to 5-0 in NFC Championship games.
The Patriots and Giants are each seeking their fourth Super Bowl title. Four years ago, the Giants bested the then-undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Earlier in the 2011 season, New York notched a road win over New England on Nov. 6, 24-20.