For the second time in four years, the New England Patriots and New York Giants will face each other in a Super Bowl. New England is already established as one of the great NFL dynasties, and is looking to win their fourth Lombardi trophy in 11 seasons. The New York Giants are seeking its second Super Bowl victory in four seasons. With four titles, “The G-Men” will be tied with last year’s Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers.
Even though the Vegas odds have the Patriots favored to win by three points, there’s a sense behind the scenes that the Giants are the real favorites. If you look at the last couple of meetings between the two, the Patriots haven’t really given us the feeling that they can beat New York. Although the Pats are 15-3 coming into Sundays game, they don’t put fear in their opponents’ hearts like they use to. This may be due to being ranked 31st in total defense this season. New England’s secondary hands down is the weakest part of their defense and they aren’t that much better stopping the run. Having said that, New England still has “Ole’ Number 12” under center, who can light up any defense. Just ask the Denver Broncos!
Look for New York to have a balanced mix of running and passing. On the other side of the ball, the Giants will give Brady heavy doses of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora. A group of defensive ends of that caliber are a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Eli Manning is solidifying his legacy as one of the premier quarterbacks in the league. A win on Sunday will seal the deal.
Take No Prisoners Sports will give you two key story lines to look for in this game:
Tom Brady and Eli Manning will go at it again this Sunday in the house that Peyton Manning built. Brady would love to avenge his Super Bowl loss to Manning , who derailed his “Perfect Season”. You’ve got to believe Ole “Tommy Boy” is salivating at this opportunity. In 08′, it was Brady who won in the head-to-head match up in the regular season, only for Manning to win it when it counted most. Four years later, Eli beat Brady in the regular season. Does this mean that Brady will get his revenge on Sunday? Maybe!
Coughlin vs Belichick
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and Patriots Bill Belichick meets again! Both served under Bill Parcels from 1988 to 1990. Coughlin was the wide receivers coach and Belichick was the defensive coordinator. So both coaches share a mutual bond. Both coaches have similar coaching styles fueled by a no-nonsense approach. Each have a great sense of evaluating talent and always get the best out of their players. These two coaches are the best at instilling discipline, toughness and resilience. The war of wits between these two coaches will once again be something to behold.
Take No Prisoner’s Prediction: 31- 20 Giants
The New York Football Giants are on a roll and the ball will not stop until they hoist the Lombardi trophy Sunday night. New York’s defensive front will terrorize New England’s O-line and get to Tom Brady at will. New York’s defensive will slow down the Patriots’ offense. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is New England’s biggest threat on offense, but is hobbled with a high ankle sprain. That doesn’t bode well for the Pats. Eli Manning should have a field day on Sunday along with running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
By Keith Madyun