Normally I reserve “Enemy Reaction” for Seahawks opponents, but the Seahawks weren’t in the Super Bowl. There’s no enemy to be had here, really, even though I really am not a fan of the New England Patriots. Yesterday’s game was well-played, close throughout, and featured one of the most bizarre finishes ever capped off with a dramatic Hail Mary on the final play that just came up short. The 9-7 New York Giants are Super Bowl champions, while the 13-3 New England Patriots once again fall short to this Giants team for a 3rd consecutive game and for a 2nd Super Bowl. The live in-game reactions from Patriots and Giants fans have been documented for the key plays for the Giants in the Super Bowl, from the Tom Brady safety all the way to the final play. Following that is post-game thoughts from a few Pats bloggers.
OH MY GOD! You can view the Coveritlive window on WordPress now! Oh wait, it’s actually an image that links to the viewer window as long as you click the picture below to view this Super Bowl XLVI live-blog. To pass the time, other college basketball games are being covered instead of that pre-game nonsense.
For some Super Bowl preview refreshers, look at these links:
Four years ago I correctly predicted New York Giants over the New England Patriots by 3 pts, so why change a working formula?
My Prediction: New York Giants 27 New England Patriots 24
- Don’t expect either team to be much of a running threat. Ahmad Bradshaw and BenJarvus Green-Ellis led their team in rushing with less than 700 yards, which is a paltry number. New England did a solid job of containing Ray Rice, particularly Vince Wilfork, and if Rice can’t get past Wilfork, the inconsistent Brandon Jacobs definitely can’t and Ahmad Bradshaw will have to take all of his runs to the outside.
- Victor Cruz will be Super Bowl MVP. He hasn’t had amazing output in the postseason, but I can just sense him breaking free from New England’s iffy secondary for some significant YAC and breaking a long one for at least a 60 yard touchdown.
- We will have a pick 6. In 4 of the last 5 Super Bowls, an interception has been returned for a touchdown. In fact, the last 7 times a team recorded an INT touchdown went on to win the Super Bowl.
- Rob Gronkowski will get the game’s opening touchdown. Not only that, but Al Michaels will make a Willis Reed comparison.
- Lawrence Tynes will kick the winning field goal. Hopefully from 32 yards out.
- Madonna will have a bizarre halftime performance that will be the discussion of talk shows for several days. I, of course, will not watch another halftime show after the Black Eyed Peas debacle. Should’ve stopped after Prince’s awesome performance.
The live-blog is coming up in the next post so see you a little bit later.
Yesterday I explained my reasoning for picking New England to win the Super Bowl. Well today I’m giving you the other side of the coin. New York has taken two of the last three meetings against New England and even the one game they lost it was a 38-35 shootout not decided until late in the 4th quarter. Perhaps they have the blueprint to beat the Pats? Find out after the jump.
There are two sides to every argument, and I’ve decided I’m going to be in both. This part of the Super Bowl XLVI preview will explore the reasons why the New England Patriots will best the New York Giants this Sunday and capture their 4th Super Bowl. After that, I’ll flip the switch and talk about how the Giants will once again best New England for a 3rd consecutive game.
As part of my annual preview of the Super Bowl, I present to you links to team-specific sites for their breakdown of the big game. It’s best that I link to Giants and Patriots blogs because they probably have watched their respective teams play from preseason game 1, whereas I’ve been inundated with painful Seattle Seahawks games.
New York Giants
- Madden ’12 predicts the Giants to beat the Patriots. The famed EA video game has correctly predicted 6 of the last 8 Super Bowl winners. Of course, one of those incorrect simulations was Super Bowl XLII between these two teams back in 2008. Ominous sign?
- Ultimate NYG breaks down the dogma of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. One of the debating points is the inside run vs. outside run playcalling vs. San Francisco.
- G-Men HQ writes on New York’s journey to the Super Bowl, dating back from their ugly loss to the Washington Redskins that dropped them to 7-7.
- Big Blue View asks how the Giants will be able to recover New England’s amazing TE duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. With a little luck, maybe they don’t need to face Gronkowski.
- Lastly, an interesting look at blitz tendencies and overall pass rushing numbers from The Fifth Down.
New England Patriots
- How hard is it to beat the Tom Brady-led Patriots twice in one season? Pats Pulpit has some stunning numbers of Brady’s performances in these rematches.
Foxboro Blog lists the ten MVPs…Most Valuable Patriots that is! He may not be a Patriot, but Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans should’ve made this list.
- Sean Rollins looks at what could perhaps be the most important matchup of Super Bowl XLVI. The answer may surprise you.
- Finally, WR Tiquan Underwood had his team’s logo shaved on the back of his head. Not only does the logo look um….a little bit like a reptilian head, but the flat-top takes me back to the 1990s.
Oh, and just one more thing. Have you ever wondered how the business of football works? This IBM infographic shows you some intriguing statistics and costs of the USA’s favorite sport.
That’s it for the annual Super Links special. Thursday begins our team discussion leading up to our first ever Super Bowl live-blog.