Super Bowl 2012: Giants vs. Ravens Rematch Most Exciting Matchup
This Sunday night around 9:30 ET, it will be known which two teams will advance for the opportunity to play in Super Bowl XLVI.
There are four teams left in the running.
Here are four reasons why Americans should be excited about a Super Bowl XXXV rematch.
Two Top-Tier Defenses
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All season long, the Ravens have been a strong defensive unit. They are the third-ranked defense in the NFL. They win games with their defense, and defense is what wins championships.
On the other side, you have the New York Giants defense—a defensive unit that has struggled greatly throughout much of the regular season. Fortunately for them, they seem to have come together at just the right time.
Both of these teams are going to show their defensive strength this weekend in the championship round, and it will be carried over into the Super Bowl two weeks later.
On the Baltimore side, they have proven veterans slowing down offenses and stopping the run with Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed.
The New York defensive strength is on the D-line with guys like Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and the young Jason Pierre-Paul. These guys will get at the quarterback early and often.
Look for this game to be an epic defensive battle come February 5th.
Eli's Chance for Second Ring in Peyton's House
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In the football world, getting a Super Bowl ring with an MVP performance makes you a good quarterback.
Winning a second Super Bowl within four years definitely puts you in the elite class of NFL greats. And that is exactly what Eli Manning will strive for this year.
Four years ago, Eli Manning and the New York Giants put an end to the New England Patriots' "perfect season." Manning is now two wins away from achieving the ultimate goal in winning his second Super Bowl.
Storylines such as this couldn't be written any better: The year Peyton was out due to injury, the younger Manning will come into Indy and show them greatness once again.
Ravens and Giants Match Up Very Well
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It's fairly rare that we get two Super Bowl opponents who match up so well on both sides of the ball.
Historically, these two teams work on similar philosophies: Run first with high-powered defense. Smash-mouth football.
This year has been a little bit of an off year for that Giants philosophy. They ended their season with the 27th-ranked overall defense. The Ravens finished their regular season with the third-ranked defense.
This has changed since the postseason began. Both of these defenses have shown to be an overpowering force against both the run and the pass.
A great matchup to watch for is going to be the Giants' passing attack against the Ravens' pass defense. New York comes in with the fifth-ranked passing game in the NFL.
The Giants' rush defense has been below par much of the season, to say the least. For them to make it to the Super Bowl and win, they're going to have to handle the Raven run game led by Ray Rice.
The Giants pass versus the Raven pass defense and the Ravens run versus the Giants run defense equals epic showdown on the NFL's biggest stage.
Rematch of Super Bowl XXXV
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If the New York Giants make it to Indianapolis, it'll be their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 26 years.
The only Super Bowl the Giants have lost was against the Ravens back in January of 2001. This is a rematch that many fans would love to see, regardless of the outcome.
If the Giants can get past the 49ers this weekend in the conference championship game, they would have a lot to prove against these Baltimore Ravens.
Two well-balanced teams meeting up with an enormous amount of confidence and momentum, battling it out in what would hopefully be a closer game than the last time these two played for the Lombardi Trophy.
None of the players on either side, except Ray Lewis, still remain from either of those Super Bowl teams. This would indeed be a rematch for the fans—a rematch that would make the most exciting of possible Super Bowl matchups for 2012.