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 .