It will be close, but Patriots will win

By LARRY GAURANO

 

The National Football League’s most prestigious event is less than two weeks away, and excitement is at a fever pitch.

Few events bring so many people together. Even non-football fans are attending Super Bowl parties for the food and to laugh at commercials that companies spend millions to be aired for less than a minute.

For us football fans, the food and commercials come second to the question that perplexes us each year, who will bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy?

Super Bowl XLVI will be a rematch of 2008’s Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. The Giants won that match up ending Patriot’s attempt at perfection.

The New York Giants (12-7) will be representing the National Football Conference. They were the NO. 4 seed and went up against the San Francisco 49ers in the conference championship. It was a close game, but the Giants were able to edge out a win in overtime.

The Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning is having a pro bowl season and leads the 8th best offense in the league.

That defense is what helped push them over the 49ers, as they only allowed one 3rd down conversion during regulation.

The number one seed New England Patriots (15-3) will be representing the American Football Conference in the Super Bowl. They went up against the Baltimore Ravens for the conference championship, and although the lead kept changing, the Patriots were able to pull through in the end.

Tom Brady leads the Patriots high potent offense, ranked No. 2 in the league.

The Patriots did struggle some against the Raven’s defense. It was the Ravens inability to capitalize off of the Patriots’ mistakes that cost them in the end.

The biggest downfall of the Patriots is their defense, ranked 31st in the league.

Some would say that the defense doesn’t matter. But the Green Bay Packers proved a few weeks ago that in order to make it to the championships, the defense must step up.

When you look at things on paper regarding the Giants and the Patriots, it’s rather close. Vegas list the Giants as two and a half point underdogs.

I think that’s exactly how it will play out in the end.

Patriots win, Tom Brady will be named Super Bowl MVP.

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