Fans of the NFL could not have asked for a better Super Bowl match-up.
This is the game we all wanted to see.
Any other combination of the Patriots/Ravens/Giants/49ers would have been just as good, but a rematch of one of the greatest Super Bowls in recent memory between 2 of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL is money.
How the Patriots got to the Super Bowl Defeated Denver Broncos 45-10 in Divisional Playoff Game Defeated Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in AFC Championship Game
How the Giants got to the Super Bowl Defeated Atlanta Falcons 24-3 in NFC Wild Card Game Defeated Green Bay Packers 37-20 in Divisional Playoff Game Defeated San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in NFC Championship Game
The New England Patriots had to overcome the powers of “Tebow-Mania” as well as a bad day at the office from Tom Brady against a potent Ravens defense to make this Super Bowl. If not for a bit of luck, New England might not have even made it to this game. That doesn’t matter now though. The Patriots enter this Super Bowl on a 10-game winning streak dating back to week 10 of the regular season. Their defense has stepped up in recent weeks and the offense is still as effective as ever. You’ve got to love their chances in this game.
The New York Giants are back to being the “Road Warriors” of old. After defending their home turf in the Wild Card round and stomping out the Atlanta Falcons, New York would go on the road and pull out 2 victories against the 2 best teams in the NFC in Green Bay and San Francisco. Entering this years playoffs as a 9-7 team, no one really figured the Giants would be in the position they are now. That’s the way they like it. They love being the underdogs. Once you make the playoffs, its anyone’s game. Now they have an opportunity to create history once again and knock off the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl for the second time in as many years.
A look back at Super Bowl XLII
footage courtesy of Youtube and the NFL Network
Super Bowl Fun Fact: Bill Belichek and Tom Brady will be playing in their fifth Super Bowl together. That’s the most appearances for any Head Coach/Quarterback pairing in NFL history.
Big Question: Have Belichek and Brady learned from the mistakes of the past?
Final Analysis: I have a strong feeling that we are all going to witness history repeat itself on Sunday.
Despite the Patriots being the favorites in this game, the New York Giants will defeat New England for its 2nd Super Bowl in 5 years.
The Giants know that they can defeat New England. They did it 4 years ago in the Super Bowl and they did it this past season (a 24-20 victory in Week 9) as well. Knowing that they have the upper-hand on the Patriots going into this big game should be a huge confidence boost for the team.
By me predicting that the Giants will win this years Super Bowl, I’m basically saying that Bill Belichek and Tom Brady will lose to the same team 3 straight times. That’s a very gutsy move on my part. Belichek is a hall-of-fame coach and Tom Brady could very well be the best quarterback the league has ever seen. So how could they possibly not come up with a game plan to finally exercise their demons and defeat the New York Giants in the Super Bowl?
Regardless of what the two have been saying to the media, their loss to New York back in 2007 haunts them. It eats away at them. They were 1 win away from a perfect season and immortality. The Giants stole that from them. You think Brady and Belichek weren’t jumping for joy when New York defeated San Francisco in the NFC title game? They wanted this to happen. They wanted this rematch. They want to defeat the New York Giants on the big stage.
Unfortunately for the two of them….you can’t always get what you want.
The New York Giants have the perfect makeup to beat the Patriots yet again. Think of them as a better, more potent version of the Baltimore Ravens (a team that nearly eliminated the Patriots 2 weeks ago). New York knows how to get Brady out of his comfort zone and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. They know how to get to Tom and take him to the ground. How do you take possibly the greatest quarterback ever and make him a non-factor? You take him off his feet. The Giants defensive line is more than capable of getting the job done with Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora. If the Giants defense can create turnovers, then they will win this game easily. New York is 12-1 and 3-0 in these playoffs when they win the turnover battle.
I love how the Patriots defense has played as of late, but they weren’t exactly going up against the worlds greatest offenses these past few weeks with Denver and Baltimore. Eli Manning has been playing some outstanding football with a 8:1 touchdown to turnover ratio in these playoffs. He has a couple of receivers at his disposal in Cruz and Nicks that could easily manhandle the Patriots weak secondary. Tom Brady’s main weapon on offense Rob Gronkowski will more than likely be playing at less than 100% with an ankle injury. Since I don’t think the Pats will be able to run the ball effectively against the Giants, that’s a huge blow to their chances. I expect to see a lot of throws to Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez early on, but I still don’t think that will be enough to beat New York.
The Giants have done it before and they will do it again on Sunday. The New York Giants will be your 2011/12 Super Bowl Champions!
Final Score: Giants 27, Patriots 23