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The 2012 Super Bowl (XLVI)
So the stage is finally set for the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI and the Giants and Patriots will clash in what is a Super Bowl rematch from 2007. In that year, the Giants made a miraculous journey to not just get to the Super Bowl, but also won it after a spectacular catch towards the end of the game. Very similar to that 2007 season, the Giants once again have made an incredible late season surge to get into the playoffs and have also gone on the road in the playoffs to win in both Green Bay and San Francisco, beating the two top teams in the NFC.
If ever there was a case of a team getting hot at the right time, it is definitely the Giants. Their defense is healthy and playing the best football they've played all season. Eli Manning continues to be cool and calm under pressure and is doing his best to make everyone forget his big brother Peyton. If he does happen to win his second Super Bowl ring, I think he can arguably make the case for being the best NFL QB at the table during the family holiday dinners (and he's sitting there with some elite company which includes both his brother and father).
The Giants did struggle with their running game, but the 49ers have been tough against the run all year, so that's not surprising. Special teams is what really won the game over the 49ers, getting two turnovers on 4rth quarter punts.
One the other side of the ball will be Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Even though Tom didn't have the most stellar game against the Ravens, the Patriots defense has really been playing some great football over the past few weeks. All season long, the Patriots defense too a beating from both opposing offenses as well as the media. Well they somehow figured out a way to stop things on both fronts.
The Patriots are getting stronger as well in the running game as BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown.
All that being said, I'm not sure if you can keep Tom Brady and that potent offense quiet for two games in a row. As they didn't make alot of need for concern during the Ravens game, I'm sure Gronkowski, Branch and team are looking to put on an offensive display on eh worlds biggest stage.
So based on all this, and no, I'm not a Giants fan (see The Philadelphia Eagles - Hottest Team Not to Make the Playoffs?)even though I live in the Metropolitan NY area, I think I'm going with the Patriots to win this one. Yes, the Giants seem to be the team of destiny but I still think the Patriots have too much talent for the Giants to handle. Look for a Petriot victory with a score of something like 30 - 21.