Wow, has my record truly sucked this year. I went 1 -3 in the first week, 2 -2 , in the second, and 0 – 2 in the third. Total: 3 – 7, or a lousy 30% right.
So take what I say with a grain of salt. Or to put it another way: pretty damned good chance I’m wrong.
That said: Patriots 31, New York Giants 21
Four years ago, QB Eli Manning and the New York Giants pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history with a last minute, game-winning drive reminiscent of John Elway, Joe Montana or any of the other great captain comebacks in NFL history.
It doesn’t seem to me that the game will be that close this year. New England’s stars have aligned in January of 2012, and they won a game against the Baltimore Ravens which frankly they should have lost twice. QB Tom Brady and HC Bill Belichick have this team doing what they need to do to win no matter what; forget stats or even superior firepower.
The Giants’ defense will not be able to contain New England’s duo of top tight ends, and Belichick will find a way to contain the Giants’ receiving corps, which have played out of their minds during the playoffs this year.
They also know that blitzing Manning is the best way to knock him out of his comfort zone. The Patriots haven’t forgotten four years ago and Belichick will have something in his bag of tricks we haven’t seen yet. This will get interesting.