The New England Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the 2012 AFC Championship Game while the New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, 20-17 in the 2012 NFC Championship Game.
Super Bowl XLVI marks the the fifth time the Giants have made it to the Super Bowl and the seventh time for the Patriots. The Giants have won their previous four trips, while the Patriots have won three out of there previous six trips, with their last Super Bowl defeat coming against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
This will be the sixth time in NFL History that the Super Bowl will be a rematch of two teams that faced each other in a previous Super Bowl. The other rematches are:
|First Game||Rematch Game|
|Super Bowl VII Jan 14, 1973||Super Bowl XVII Jan 30, 1983|
|Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7||Redskins 27, Dolphins 17|
|Super Bowl X Jan 18, 1976||Super Bowl XIII Jan 21, 1979|
|Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17||Steelers 35, Cowboys 31|
|Super Bowl XXX Jan 28, 1996|
|Cowboys 27, Steelers 17|
|Super Bowl XVI Jan 24, 1982||Super Bowl XXIII Jan 22, 1989|
|San Francisco 49ers 26, Bengals 21||49ers 20, Bengals 16|
|Super Bowl XXVII Jan 31, 1993||Super Bowl XXVIII Jan 30, 1994|
|Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17||Cowboys 30, Bills 13|
|Super Bowl XLII Feb 3, 2008||Super Bowl XLVI Feb 5, 2012|
|NY Giants 17, New England Patriots 14||Giants vs. Patriots TBD|