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Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 6, 2012 – 2:39 pm

6 February 2012

Kevin Bowen takes a look back at the games of the players with Indiana connections at Super Bowl XLVI.

New York Giants

James Brewer-The rookie offensive tackle from Indiana University was inactive for Sunday’s game.

Mathias Kiwanuka-The Indianapolis native finally tasted the playing field during a Super Bowl after missing the Giants 17-14 victory over the Patriots back in 2008. Kiwanuka attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis before moving on to Boston College University.

-“It’s a great city and then to have everybody talking so great about Indianapolis, hospitality, organization, all that kind of stuff is amazing,” Kiwanuka said after the game.

Justin Tuck-The Notre Dame product made his presence felt on his first snap of the game by pressuring Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in route to a safety. It was just the seventh safety in Super Bowl history. Tuck had both of the Giants sacks on Sunday night including one on the game’s final drive.

Steve Weatherford-For the Terre Haute native, it was definitely a week and game to remember. Three of Weatherford’s four punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, which is a Super Bowl record.

-“I can’t wait to share the rest of this with everybody back home,” Weatherford said. “This is so special, especially to do it back here.”

New England Patriots

Sergio Brown-The second year safety out of Notre Dame played on all four special teams units for the Patriots and did not record a tackle.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis-The former Indiana University running back was a key cog on two of the Patriots scoring drives. On the Patriots opening scoring drive, Green-Ellis carried the ball three times and had a catch for seven yards. To start the second half, once again Green-Ellis was productive with an eight-yard grab and a 17-yard run, the longest of the evening for the Patriots. He finished the game with seven carries for 37 yards and two catches for 15 yards.

Matt Light-The Purdue University (1996-2000) left tackle started his fourth Super Bowl blocking the blindside for quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday.

Niko Koutouvides-Playing in his second Super Bowl (Seattle in 2006), Koutouvides did not record a tackle in special teams appearances. The Patriots linebacker played his college football at Purdue University from 2000-2003.

Rob Ninkovich-Playing on the defensive line for a majority of the game, the former Purdue linebacker (2004-2006) had four tackles and a half sack. His half sack came late in the third quarter on a 3rd and 8, which forced a Giants field goal.

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