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.
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.
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.
It took four years for this great football even to happen again. The main protagonists Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin are back together in a Super Bowl. Indianapolis plays host to the New England Patriots and New York Giants on Sunday night when the two teams face off for Super Bowl XLVI at the Lucas Oil Center.
It has been a magical season for the Giants so far with Manning playing a record-breaking season. The team collectively went through a challenging regular season that ended with a 9-7 win-loss record. The road to the playoffs was a rollercoaster ride for them and they had to get to the title game via the Wild Card.
The Giants are a win away from raising the Lombardi Trophy and they have the Patriots standing in the way. The Pats are favored to beat them but they may have a psychological advantage and history going for them as they head into Sunday’s game.
The Wild Card Giants then beat the Patriots at Super Bowl XLII in what was considered one of the greatest upset wins in National Football League history. Defense held Brady from executing passing plays as the Giants kept pressure on the Patriots’ quarterback.
This time the Giants may not be heavy underdogs. Yet the winning formula could still be the same.
Eli Manning can take care of offense as he has shown all season. The younger of Manning siblings in the NFL can spot receivers and make that\ touchdown score to light up the scoreboard.
What Manning needs is a collective effort on defense. Brady and the Patriots used to rely on the deep ball four years ago but their offense has evolved by using “dink and dunk” plays every now and then. This poses a new challenge for the Giants with Brady having so many passing options like Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker and Deion Branch and the Giants will have their hands full covering the passing lanes all game.
Manning has offense covered. Defense will be the key for the New York Giants at Super Bowl XLVI.