Super Bowl 2012: Where Does Giants vs. Patriots Rank Among All-Time Great Games?

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Super Bowl 2012: Where Does Giants vs. Patriots Rank Among All-Time Great Games?
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The stage is set for Super Bowl XVLI, as the New England Patriots will play the New York Giants in Indianapolis in Super Bowl XVLI. Based on the high quality of the 2011 NFL playoffs, the media buildup will drive this game into as highly anticipated a spectacle as possible. Where will Super Bowl XVLI rank among the all-time greatest games in NFL history? 

There has been so much intrigue already through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Watching the classic games where the San Francisco 49ers rallied to beat the New Orleans Saints, and Tim Tebow leading the Denver Broncos to an upset win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.

The exits of rookie quarterbacks Andy Dalton and T.J. Yates were interesting. The Packers were upset, seeing their 15-1 regular season turn into a one-and-done affair in the playoffs. The Houston Texans comeback fell short against the Baltimore Ravens defense.

Then, in the AFC Championship Game, Lee Evans had the winning touchdown pass in his hands, but the ball is stripped away in the end zone. Billy Cundiff then misses a 32-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.

In the NFC Championship Game, the teams had to go to overtime before the New York Giants prevailed, winning 20-17 on a 31-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal. Victor Cruz and Vernon Davis had great games, and both teams struggled to convert on third downs.

Now, it is the New York Giants and the New England Patriots that have emerged as champions of their own conferences. On the surface, this game should boil down to Tom Brady versus Eli Manning and which set of receivers will be able to do the best job.

Where will this game rank among the greatest Super Bowls of all time? We start with a preview of the Patriots versus Giants rematch, and then rank the best 14 Super Bowl games in NFL history. It will be interesting to find out if Super Bowl XLVI is worthy enough to crack this list in the future. 

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