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Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots' Waters finally reaches NFL's biggest stage

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Waters was 0-3 in the playoffs with the Chiefs, but he's 2-0 with the Patriots and surrounded by plenty of talent on the offensive line, with veterans Matt Light and Logan Mankins protecting Tom Brady's left side. Waters keeps defenders from coming up the middle at the star quarterback.

"We know that is a key part of being successful as a football team," Waters said, "to make sure that Brady stays clean and gets an opportunity to get the ball out to those special players that we have out there in the skilled positions."

The line has done a good job of that, limiting opponents to 32 sacks in the regular season and one in two playoff games.

But the Giants have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL, led by Jason Pierre-Paul with 16 ½ sacks. They sacked Brady twice when they beat the Patriots 24-20 in the eighth game of the season.

New York's defensive linemen are healthier now and "are doing a lot more things as far as how they are scheming up and moving people around," Waters said.

But he's a knowledgeable veteran who studies the individual strengths and weaknesses of opponents. And he's a powerful blocker.

"One of the things that stands out is he's a really strong guy," Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty said. "He gets those hands on you and you're not really going anywhere."

Especially if he gets too tight a grip and the officials don't call a holding penalty.

The main thing to worry about when trying to beat his block?

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