Why Bill Belichick Will Outcoach Tom Coughlin in Super Bowl XLVI

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants congratulates head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots after their game on December 29, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl cannot get much better than this: a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when the 18-0 New England Patriots were upset by the New York Giants.

There's no escaping it, "18-1" will be forever scarred in the hearts of Patriot nation. 

With Super Bowl XLVI two long weeks away, both Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin will have quite some time to prepare themselves and their teams to square off in Indianapolis—but Belichick will find a way to outcoach Coughlin.

Why is that? 

For starters, Belichick is the modern-day Vince Lombardi. Belichick has appeared in six AFC Championships in the last 10 years and will now be playing in his fifth Super Bowl in the last 10 years—you cannot get better than that.

But it does not stop there.

So why will Belichick outcoach Coughlin? 

One word: revenge. 

All week long, Belichick will likely deny the notion of "getting payback" against the New York Giants—but 19-0 is something that Belichick really wanted and perfection is something that he strives for. 

Belichick and his New England Patriots have been striving for perfection all season long, as they finished the regular season as the top seed in the AFC with a 13-3 record. 

New England took advantage of the No. 1 seed and absolutely embarrassed Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, and then Belichick developed a defensive scheme to shut down Ray Rice in the AFC Championship, as he took out the Baltimore Ravens. 

Early this season, these two teams met at Gillette Stadium, with the Giants shocking the Patriots 24-20. Let me ask you this: Can you think of any time when Belichick has ever lost against the same team twice in the same season with the Patriots? You might be able to count them on one hand, as it's a rare occurrence. 

It's accepted at large that Belichick is the greatest coach of our generation and certainly one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest—but this Super Bowl could put Belichick in a league of his own.

If Belichick can coach his Patriots to a victory over the New York Giants, then Belichick will have won his fourth Super Bowl title, which is the most in NFL history by a head coach.

It would truly cement Belichick as the greatest head coach in NFL history.

Taking that into consideration, the idea of being the greatest to ever coach the game as well as exacting revenge against a team that prevented a perfect 19-0 season—yeah, I think that Belichick's determination will power his way to coaching his New England Patriots to a victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. 


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