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The Real Cost of Super Bowl-dom

By Nikhil Hutheesing, Suzanne Woolley and Ben Steverman - 2012-02-02T15:35:27Z

Photograph by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

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Building the Teams

According to, the Patriots and Giants spent about the same amount on player salaries this season -- $63.7 million by the Giants and $62.3 million by the Patriots. Just how they allocated that money was quite different. The Patriots spent much more on offense ($39.7 million on salaries vs. the Giants' $30.4 million) and more on special team ($4 million vs. $3.5 million). The Giants spent $29.8 million on defense, about 60 percent more than the Patriots' $18.6 million for defensive salaries.