The New England Patriots and New York Giants face off on Sunday night at Super Bowl XLVI with excitement, tension and emotions at an all-time high. The Patriots are riding on a magical and emotional run while the Giants are looking to repeat their Super Bowl XLII championship title against the Patriots.
The hype on the head-to-head battle between elite quarterbacks Tom Brady and Eli Manning has been building up and will be facing the true test at Super Bowl. By the end of four quarters, which team will have the right to raise the Lombardi Trophy?
The game seems to be a battle on offense. Defense may be underrated in this game but it will play a major role in foiling the opposing quarterback from orchestrating the offense.
The Giants defense has worked against Brady. They won the Super Bowl XLII by giving Brady a tough time making his passes. Now the Giants have exposed some weakness on defense that Brady and company may just exploit come game time.
In the regular season, the Giants struggled against teams with athletic tight ends. Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers, Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints and Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers proved that the Giants tight end defense has a hole.
Rob Gronkowski could have made things difficult for the Giants if he could play at 100%. Aaron Hernandez can pose serious challenges too.
The key for the Patriots to fully exploit this weakness is to protect Brady from pass rushers to make that perfect pass.
The Giants on the other hand has Eli Manning who plays well under pressure. He can break the defense psychologically with his cool demeanor. If the Patriots continue to play the ball instead of the man, then Manning will have an easier time taking advantage of the pass attack.
The betting odds and historical statistics will all mean nothing at kickoff. Both teams are equipped with elite quarterbacks, offensive and defensive manpower. The team that plays with more consistency on both ends of the field will win the NFL championship game.
The Patriots are likely to get the job done this time.