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Super Bowl: Giants' running game worries Patriots' Vince Wilfork

February 1, 2012 | 12:26 pm


The New York Giants had the 32nd-ranked rushing game this season, but that's of little comfort to New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork. He knows how teams can change their personality in the postseason.

Besides, when the Giants beat the Patriots earlier this season, New York's Ahmad Bradshaw wasn't playing. Now he is.

Wilfork said the Giants' running game is "probably one of the biggest threats" of Super Bowl XLVI.

"When you have three backs who can run the ball, you get 10 carries apiece from those guys," he said. "That's 30 carries, and [Brandon] Jacobs, [D.J.] Ware and Bradshaw, those are some tough runners. I've faced all of them, and every last one of them is a tough runner.

"I think defensively, for us to be successful, we're going to have to slow it down. If they come out and run the ball and we can't stop them, we're going to have a problem."

Wilfork, a mountain listed at 6-2 and 325 pounds, is plenty athletic too. He's no Blake Griffin, but he can dunk a basketball, which surprises some people.

"People look at me and are like, `He's a butterball. He can't,'" Wilfork said.

Butterball? To his face? Unlikely.


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Photo: Vince Wilfork. Credit: Scott Halleran / Getty Images.