The NFC and AFC championship games played this past weekend couldn’t have been anymore exciting. Both games on Sunday were played at a very high level and ended in dramatic fashion. When everything was all set and done, two teams found themselves atop the highest mountain, the red-hot mighty New York Giants and the cool and collected, New England Patriots.
The date is set. The red carpet has been laid out with the 2011-12 Super Bowl nearly two weeks away. Be ready to watch an action-packed game guaranteed to be a thriller in every way imaginable. That’s right, it’s a rematch. In the 2007-08 Super Bowl, the Giants crushed the hearts of the Patriots, and now New England comes for blood and revenge.
Is it just me or is this starting to sound like the movie “300?” This is Sparta!!! Don’t mind me, I’ve always wanted to say that.
Anyway, on February 5th at 6:30 PM ET, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will square off in the most highly televised game in all of sports mankind.
How did these two teams get here? Let’s go to the videotape.
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Patriots’ QB Tom Brady has mentioned that it’s still very difficult to watch the highlights of the Giants’ Super Bowl victory in Glendale, Arizona. With a different offensive attack this year, Tom Brady looks to erase all those negative thoughts and take what’s rightfully his.
It’ll be very interesting to see how active Rob Gronkowski will be in the Super Bowl. Sources have confirmed that despite Gronkowski’s ankle injury during the Ravens game, the Patriot’s All-Star tight end will still suit up for the big dance. It’s no secret that Gronkowski is an important part of the New England offense. The young tight end creates matchup problems everywhere on the field and Tom Brady will need his biggest weapon if New England wants a shot at winning the Lombardi Trophy.
On the other hand, Giants QB Eli Manning has been a true captain to his team and has led New York to 2 Super Bowl appearances in eight years. With the exception of
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, no other quarterback has achieved this goal.
Manning has been taking full advantage of having two primetime receivers in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. With the resurgence of New York’s third receiver, Mario Manningham in the playoffs paired with the lethal ground game combination of Bradshaw and Jacobs, scoring for the Giants will not be an issue.
The key for New York is simple. Can “Big Blue” rush the passer and get to Tom Brady? New York was very productive in the last outing. Can the Giants repeat the same performance?
For New England, there are two major points. Ranked 31st in total defense in the regular season, will the team’s cornerbacks be able to cover the Giants’ wide receivers? Many have said that New England’s best defense is their offense. If Tom Brady can stay on the field long enough and win the time of possession battle, New England will have good shot at winning the game.
If you haven’t missed a Super Bowl game in your life, now is definitely not the time to start. Like Terrell Owens used to always say, “Get your popcorn ready!”
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