|Belichick says revenge isn't a factor for the Pats. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)|
INDIANAPOLIS -- Perhaps you've heard by now, but the Patriots and Giants squared off in the Super Bowl previously. The Giants won that game back in 2007 and there's a common theme around Indy relating to getting revenge.
Well, to be more accurate: everyone would like there to be a common theme relating to revenge. Because Bill Belichick's not buying into the idea, even though former Patriots -- and members of that 2007 team -- like Rodney Harrison have said revenge would be a factor.
"You can talk to all those guys. Their opinion is their opinion," Belichick said during his press conference Monday. "I see this game as this game. And there aren't really that many guys who played in the last game four years ago. This team is this team."
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Belichick doesn't just think the teams are different from the 2007 renditions. He believes the teams squaring off Sunday are different than the two teams that met in Week 9 of the 2011 season.
"I think our team is different than what it was at midseason," Belichick said. "I think it's different than what it was in December. I think the Giants are a different team than we played in November. I think they're a different team than they were in December.
"So this game ... the elements of it are what we have in front of us. Not what happened two months ago, not what happened two years ago, four years ago, whatever it was."
This won't be the last time Belichick has to talk about the 2007 Super Bowl. He'll be consistently reminded of his team's failures against the Giants throughout the week and it's entirely possible that by the time the Super Bowl actually gets here, revenge will be a factor.
But as of right now, it's the focus of the Patriots locker room. Or so Belichick says.
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