NFL Playoff Picks: Predicting the Final Score and MVP of Super Bowl XLVI

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIIJanuary 24, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:    Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after the New York Giants 24-20 win on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Start calling your bookies and place your bets on this year's big game.  The New York Giants and New England Patriots are going up against each other in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII.  But will the Giants have the same luck they did back then?

Both teams are known for their offensive tactics, so it will be important to remember to factor in how Osi Umenyiora and Vince Wilfork are going to contribute to the game.  Just like many other great games this season have played out, it will come down to a field goal, with everyone on both sidelines sitting with baited breath; one side hoping it's shanked and the other hoping it is perfect.

Earlier in the season the Giants beat the Pats, 24-20, with the help of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.  But Tom Brady has two young players, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, ready to go and hungry for a ring.  While Gronkowski was injured with a high left ankle sprain during the AFC Championship win over the Baltimore Ravens, he is still expected to play in the Super Bowl on February 5. 

I predict the final score will be 27-24, Giants, with Cruz as the MVP.