Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports NFL expert Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday to preview the Super Bowl.

"I'm picking the Giants, I'm picking them 23-20, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Patriots won the game," King said. "But I would be surprised if one of the two teams played poorly. I just can't see it. They're too evenly matched."

King said the Giants are a very, very excited team that loves to practice and appears much looser than previous teams coached by noted disciplinarian Tom Coughlin.

Jets coach Rex Ryan arrived in Indianapolis for Sunday's Super Bowl and made a brief appearance on Boston's Fox 25 TV station Friday morning.

Ryan didn't offer a predicted winner but said to expect an exciting game.

"Both those teams are playing great. The last two times these teams have played, it's come right down to the wire, and I expect the same this week," he told Fox 25's Doug Goodie.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick addressed the media on Friday for the final time before Super Bowl XLVI and was asked about the status of Rob Gronkowski. The tight end practiced on Thursday for the first time since injuring his left ankle in the AFC championship game on January 22. 

Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft spoke with Dennis & Callahan from Indianapolis in an interview that aired Friday morning.

Kraft was asked if he's bothered by the negative national perception of the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick as they prepare to meet the Giants in Sunday's Super Bowl.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Giants are going to win Super Bowl XLVI. 

We'll get to why in a moment, but first let's debunk a couple of myths.



INDIANAPOLIS -- When it comes to defending the no-huddle offense, the Giants have tried just about anything, including some well-timed injuries that left them looking like Al Czervik.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The return of Rob Gronkowski highlighted the Patriots’ Thursday practice session. Gronkowski was on the field for the second half of a workout that ran for nearly two hours, and the tight end participated on a limited basis, according to pool reporter Alex Marvez.

Former 49ers great Joe Montana said on WEEI's The Big Show that Tom Brady is the key to Super Bowl XLIV.

INDIANAPOLIS -- After an extended stretch on the shelf because of a high ankle sprain he suffered in the AFC championship game against the Ravens, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field on Thursday in a limited role as prep work continues for the Giants and Super Bowl XLVI. Here's the complete report:

Limited Participation
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)

Former Patriots executives Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff, now general managers of the Chiefs and Falcons, respectively, joined The Big Show in Indianapolis Thursday. The two discussed their days with the Patriots and what they hope to achieve with their current franchises. 

Bill Belichick has been more friendly with the media since arriving in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, to the surprise of many. Neither Pioli nor Dimitroff are surprised to see this side of him.