By Tim BrittonFOXBORO, Mass. -- It's a bit unusual for a team to be so much healthier at the end of a season than in the middle of it, but that's the case with both the Patriots and Giants entering Super Bowl XLVI. But having to live through a spate of midseason injuries has made New England tougher, according to linebacker Jerod Mayo.
"It helped develop our mental toughness. At the same time, it helped our versatility, being able to put different players in the game and doing things like that really helped us," said Mayo, referring to the team's brief two-game slide earlier this season. "The postseason is all about keeping guys healthy. We've been fortunate enough to get those guys back, continue to get them healthy and at the same time have proven players that can come off the bench. That's been huge for us. It's kind of a blessing in disguise."