In beginning to analyze the Super Bowl XLII matchup between the Patriots and Giants, one nugget that stands out is how both teams have avoided penalties this season.
The Giants were flagged for just 77 accepted penalties during the regular season, ranking them sixth in the NFL. That has carried into the playoffs, especially in the divisional round, when the Giants had 3 penalties, and the Cowboys had 11.
The Patriots had only 78 accepted penalties, tying them for seventh in the NFL. The team has also carried that momentum into the playoffs, as there have been just eight accepted penalties against New England in two games.
Mike Carey was the referee when both teams met in Week 17 of the regular season, and he will also be the referee in Super Bowl XLII. Both teams were flagged for five accepted penalties in that game.