The Super Bowl. There is no other game, no other Sunday like it. When the Arizona Cardinals were there three years ago, it was one of the most memorable days of my life, even in defeat. All the hard work that goes into making it to this point, all the talk, all the games, all the controversies. It all comes down to one 60 minute football game. Today it is the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis. It is a repeat of the Super Bowl right here in Arizona four year ago. Not a lot of players remaining, but the two biggest, Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, do remain and are still as good as ever. Manning is even better than that day in Glendale.
The Giants won that game of course on an amazing drive that included one of the best catches ever, on fourth down, by the Giants David Tyree. The Giants won 17-14 over the Pats. Of course that broke the Pats perfect record and gave them their only loss of the entire season.
The Pats weren’t so perfect this season, however they were good enough. Some would argue though, including me, they got away with one in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens could easily be sitting in in Indy instead of the Pats, but the Pats made one great defensive playin the end zone to strip Lee Evans of a touchdown. That moment was ironic given the Pats defense has been pretty offensive all season.
The Giants have been on a roll since the third week of December. At one point in November going into December, it didn’t look like the Giants would even make the playoffs. They put it together at the right time and rolled past Atlanta, Green Bay, and then won an overtime thriller against San Francisco in the NFC Championship game two weeks ago.
I see a lot more scoring today than four years ago in Glendale. I also see the Giants winning, despite what Las Vegas says. There has been a lot of back and forth talk, however, I expect the G-men to take the high road and make America proud on the world stage today.
My prediction: New York 38 New England 31