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The last time the Super Bowl opponents met was in the eighth game this season. The Giants won 24-20 and Brady completed 57.1 percent of his throws with two scoring passes. One of his two interceptions led to a field goal and a fumble he lost set up a touchdown.

That could provide added incentive for him to raise his play in the biggest game.

“He’s always highly motivated, but I think he knows what’s at stake,” Hoyer said. “He’s always focused and attentive and passionate about every play in practice so I see that this week. I’m sure it’ll continue.”

The Giants had a porous defense, allowing the fourth most yards in the NFL. But they can put pressure on Brady with five pass rushers who each had at least four sacks and one, Jason Pierre-Paul, who was fourth in the NFL with 16 1/2 .

“I don’t think Brady will have extra motivation,” Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty said. “I think playing in the Super Bowl is all that any competitor here needs.”

Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch expects Brady to rebound “like the professional that he is, like the best quarterback in the NFL that he is, in my eyes.”

And Giants safety Antrel Rolle is confident the Giants will match his performance.

“We’re expecting to see the best Brady possible,” Rolle said, “and we’re going to go out there and be the best Giants defense possible.”