Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A general view of the J.W. Marriott with Super Bowl XLVI logos the day of the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The players have arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the excitement is reaching a fever pitch in anticipation of the New England Patriots-New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI matchup. Throughout the entire 2011 NFL season, staff writer Ryan Hannable and I have made game picks, and we both finished with winning records, and continued the winning records throughout the playoffs. But like the Giants and the Patriots, who continued their winning ways throughout the playoffs, it all comes down to tonight’s game.
Who’s going to win? Let’s get to the picks!
Score: Patriots 24, Giants 20
I like the Patriots in this game. I just can’t see Tom Brady and Bill Belichick losing to the Giants in two Super Bowls and in two games in the same season. I think the Giants defense will be able to keep Brady from going off and having a field day, but in the end Brady will play well enough to get the job done. It is also very rare for him to have to poor back-to-back games.
Score: Patriots 31, Giants 27
In 2007, I saw a tired and tight team coming out of the tunnel and onto the field to play the Giants. The weight of a possible undefeated season took its toll on the team. Contrast that with now, if the past two weeks have been any indication as to their demeanor tonight, the team is loose and ready to play some football. Tom Brady promised Robert Kraft after the AFC Championship that he would not play poorly again, and I think he’ll hold true to his promise. Tom Brady, the Super Bowl MVP, will establish his spot next to Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to start and win 4 Super Bowls.