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Indianapolis is ready for Super Bowl XLVI when the capital hosts the New England Patriots and New York Giants for the National Football League championship game on Sunday night. In what could be a memorable season for both teams, the Patriots are probably coming in with more motivation to win the Lombardi Trophy.

The Patriots were supposed to win the Super Bowl XLII against the Giants but they lost in what would be one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. Quarterback Tom Brady had to endure both the physical and emotional pain from four years ago into Sunday’s game.

Brady had difficulty because of the Giants’ pressure defense that limited the Patriots passing attack. The star quarterback was obviously thrown off his timing with constant banging and ganging on him. This time the Patriots offensive line has to make sure that Brady is protected at all times and enable him to throw those pinpoint passes.

The Giants are expected to keep applying the same pressure defense on Sunday. Logan Mankins, Brian Waters and Matt Light have to make sure that Brady is protected from the blitz. Brady can opt for either long or short passes. The key is to scoring is being able to flick those passes.

The Patriots may have the luxury of having able receivers in Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker. These guys need to create opportunities to receive passes. The Giants have done a good job at stuffing Brady before he can make that perfect pass. The sooner the Patriots are able to create openings for receivers. Brady can spot them before the Giants defense can get to him.

Protecting the quarterback and creating situations to open receivers are the Patriots’ basic goals to win it all on Sunday. They are equipped with the manpower and skill to accomplish that. What could really matter at game time is how much they want to win it all. That loss four years ago could be a motivator if you were to ask me.

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What could an iconic rock band, a hot supermodel, a mixed martial arts superstar and an extraordinary mid-sized sedan possibly have in common? Well, these are just some of the things that Generation X’ers would dream of.

This is probably what Kia Motors thought of when they made the new commercial for Kia Optima that is set to debut during the NBC broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night.

The rising car manufacturer from Seoul, Korea had a target market in the Kia Optima. This is why they tapped Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima, Glam Rock band Motley Crue and former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Chuck Liddell to appear in their latest commercial for the Super Bowl. The spot will last 60 seconds and will debut during the fourth quarter of the game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

There is no question that Adriana Lima is one of the more popular supermodels of her generation. She is now married to former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Marko Jaric and they have a two-year old child. Yet the Brazilian supermodel mom still has a following among the Gen X male population and then some female fans too.

Motley Crue plays the song “Kickstart My Heart” in the commercial spot. Who would not recognize the band led by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee? They are still very much active in the music scene with shows going on at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Chuck Liddell may have retired from professional mixed martial arts but he has become the ambassador of the sport that has overtaken boxing in terms of popularity. The Iceman is still one of the most recognizable names in mixed martial arts as he along with part-time actor Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture and Tito Ortiz paved the way for the sport that also saw former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar bring the once underground sport into mainstream acceptance.

The choice of endorsers would surely be a hit among the target market for Kia’s 2012 Optima mid-sized sedan. Catch the Kia Motors “Drive the Dream” campaign that will feature these icons on Sunday night at Super Bowl XLVI.

It isn’t about an issue of discipline or whatsoever, it’s just that receiver Tiquan Underwood won’t be joining the entire team based on needs specific to the Super Bowl XLVI game plan. They released him on the eve before the event of Saturday night.

On the absence of Underwood, they promoted defensive lineman Alex Silvestro off the practice squad. On his official twitter account, Underwood tweeted his entire team good luck for the much awaited game. “Good Luck To The New England Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates. #PatsNation,” he said.

Now that Underwood is out, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco would be exerting double effort to cover up. He hasn’t played in any Super Bowl game and was inactive for the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens.

All in all Underwood was able to play 8 games for the team. six in the regular season, two in the playoffs. During his games, his role varied on a weekly basis, as either the team’s third, fourth or fifth receiver. He has an average of three catches for 30 yards which is unfortunately not a primary contributor on special teams.

Nevertheless, the Patriots is still confident of the rest of the players that they have. They are more than inspired for the revenge that they are longing since the last time they faced the Giants in a Super Bowl match.

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This power couple definitely has it all, great looks, great body, super-stellar fame and overflowing money. But , apparently there is one thing supermodel Gisele Bundchen and husband, New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady thinks they do not have – a direct line to heaven.

Thus, the Brazilian catwalk queen felt the urgent need to write what most people thought was a sappy email to friends and family to implore them to pray for her hubby and send positive vibes to his team, the New England Patriots, as Super Bowl XLVI kicks off on Sunday.

Portions of Gisele’s email read,

“My sweet friends and family, This sunday will be a really important day in my husband’s life. He and his team worked so hard to get to this point and now they need us more than ever to send them positive energy so they can fulfill their dream of winning this super bowl . . .

“So I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he can feel confident, healthy and strong. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this sunday.

“Thank you for your love and support. Love, G :)”

When asked via email to comment on the matter, Bundchen said, “I am surprised that you received this e-mail; it was a private note only sent to close friends and family.”

Whoever leaked Gisele’s email might have had the best intentions of portraying Gisele as a loving and prayerful wife, but quite a number of readers saw it differently. To many, the ‘sappy’ email portrays Gisele as not having full faith and confidence in Tom Brady’s capability to lead his team to victory in this year’s Super Bowl – very much unlike Brady himself who boasted earlier in the week that, “We’re going down there, and were going down there for one reason . . . hopefully we’ll have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”

Or maybe, Gisele really just believes in the power of prayer. Let’s give her that people, instead of thinking the worst about her.

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The New York Giants are 3-point underdogs heading into Super Bowl XLVI when they face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday. Four years ago at Super Bowl XLII, the Giants were also underdogs but they scored an upset over the favored Patriots to give quarterback Eli Manning his first Super Bowl title. The chase to raise the Lombardi Trophy for a second time could end on Sunday night for Manning.

The Patriots are officially hosting the Super Bowl game but what makes the event interesting is that Manning and the Giants are playing in the city where older brother Peyton plays. Despite playing in different teams, Peyton has been supportive of younger brother Eli.

The Giants may have not been done well in the regular season with a 9-7 record but they have overcome the odds to get to where they are today. The 24-2 victory over Atlanta in the Wild Card phase was a surprise. So were the wins against teams with the best records such as the Green Bay Packers (15-1) and San Francisco 49ers (13-3) on a game-winning field goal in overtime.

Winning a championship for the Giants could be a validation that Eli does belong to the elite group of quarterbacks in the league when pundits believe otherwise. The younger Manning had an exceptional season by breaking franchise passing, touchdown and interception records.

They say that the Giants have a shot at raising the Lombardi if Manning outplays Brady on the offensive end. This can hold true if defense, the other aspect of the game, is executed just as well.

The Giants showed that they can stuff Brady and his passes four years ago at Super Bowl. They beat the Patriots again 24-20 in regular season with the same pressure defense. It is a long shot at Super Bowl XLVI but it could possibly happen again. The NFL season has been magical so far and the Giants winning it all this year could be the perfect ending.