What makes this year’s Super Bowl XLVI such a great matchup is that it will be a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl XLII, where the New York Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots by three points. In that game, the Giants’ defense allowed only two touchdowns by Tom Brady’s high-powered offense. The Giants’ offense, led by Eli Manning, was able to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to propel the Giants over the Patriots in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
The Patriots are now back in the Super Bowl and will most likely look to prove that they are still the most dominant team in football, while the Giants will try to prove they are not a one-time wonder.
So what can be expected this time around?
The Patriots run their offense quite differently nowadays, especially exploiting the fact they have two very good tight ends. The Achilles heel of the Patriots will be their defense, and whether or not they will be able to stop Eli Manning and his gifted wide receivers. The Giants’ defensive line and strong secondary will give Tom Brady some difficulty again just like the last time they played in the Super Bowl.
So who is favored to win?
Many sport pundits think this is going to be a close game with the Patriots getting the win by the field goal. For me, personally, as much as I would love to see a close, hard fought football, I see the Patriots taking this one home by a touchdown or two. Why? Because of the Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. The guy is the Einstein of coaching football. He will make sure his team is ready to dominate. Tom Brady will cement his legacy as one of the all time greats. Still, this is sports I’m talking about. And what makes sports great? Upsets.