First playoff game vs the Falcons - I felt Coaching would be the biggest x-factor, and I believe we saw that actually play a big part.
Second game Vs GB - I did not put an X-Factor in, as we all knew what it would come down to. And that would be the line play of both teams and both sides of the ball.
Third game vs SF - I felt that if the defenses would play up to par to their rep. It would come down to QB play. We saw the QB play of Eli vs Smith and the effect it had in the game. STs also had a big role.
SB 46 - I really feel it is obvious this week what the X-Factors are for this game, but I figured I would put it up as well. Feel free to add yours.
Giants - Offense -Mario and TEs (Ballard if healthy or Beckum). I do believe the Nicks and Cruz will get theirs, but it might not be the typical amount, if the pats defense does what most think they will do, which is double Nicks and Cruz. Or even Drop 8 or 9 to defend. Then it will be a great way for AB and BJ to put a hurting on them.
Defense - Obviously it is the line play. Beyond that, I would say Safeties, whether its KP or Rolle giving extra help vs the TE and/or Welker. Also I think one of our secondary players will get an INT, I believe it will be Webster
NE - Offense - Welker is obvious choice, yet Chad Johnson is what the X-Factor is all about ( I noticed a few bringing him up lately). Watch out for Woodhead as well, if Chad doesn't step up.
Defense - Wilkfork - I think if the Pats have any chance on defense to either slowing us down or beating us it would be him vs our offensive line specifically Baas. More then likely one of the Guards will have to help Baas double Wilfork. (unless Baas has his best game as a NY GIant (hopefully he does))
I think we can all agree on the QBs doing their thing. I do think though, if the Giants defensive line gets to Brady similar to the SB 42, he will show once again, that he is not the same QB when he doesn't have a clean pocket. Unlike what Eli showed the world when he got man handled by SF. If the weather was better, that game would not have been as close.
It is funny after all the years I have been saying that Brady, Peyton and Brees are not the same when hit or knocked around. Yet we have seen that Eli is a different beast when it comes to this. I have heard a couple analysts starting to say the same thing the last 2-3 days.