Who are you putting your money on??
Yesterday was a helluva day for football. While it appeared that all 4 teams (The Patriots, The Giants, The 49ers, and the Ravens) were equally worthy of a chance to raise the Lombardi trophy, there can only be two…
On what he considered a bad day in terms of his performance, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got his wish.
Super Bowl XLVI will give Brady a chance to rectify his only Super Bowl loss, the 2008 edition in which Eli Manning bested Brady with a game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown drive that featured numerous big or clutch plays. It was in that game the New York Giants took the fear factor away from the three-time Super Bowl champs.
The Giants tipped off to the rest of the world that the Patriots can be beaten. The Giants slowed New England’s offensive weapons with man-to-man coverage. They got pressure around the feet of Brady to make him uncomfortable in the pocket. The Giants were able to crack holes in the Patriots’ defense.
What followed was a three-year run in which the Patriots failed to win a playoff game. Though the Pats breezed through a 2011 schedule in which they didn’t beat a team with a winning record until the AFC Championship Game, they will go to Indianapolis knowing how difficult it is to win playoff games and Super Bowls, something they were starting to take for granted.
“It’s hard to win these games,” Brady said. “It’s hard to win games in the NFL because every team is very talented. We did enough here the last 10 weeks to win these games. I’m sure this next game is going to come down to the end and hopefully we have enough plays.”
What’s great about this Super Bowl is both teams might be considered the hottest going to Indianapolis. Despite a 9-7 season, the Giants got healthier during the playoffs and played their most complete football. The Pats enter with a 10-game winning streak and the chance to be favorites in the Super Bowl — again.
But as the Giants proved four years ago, being the favorites doesn’t mean much when the game starts. It’s how you finish that counts.
This should be a GREAT game, and the fact that it’s a rematch from Superbowl XLII makes it that much more interesting.