Super Bowl XLVI is just a little over a week away and it cannot get here much faster.
As you all know by now, the Super Bowl is not only a rematch of Week 9 when the Giants edged the Patriots 24-20 at Gillette Stadium, but it is a rematch of Super Bowl XLII.
With that being said, I have come up with five reasons why the Patriots will win Super Bowl XLVI, their fourth Super Bowl in the last 10 years.
Four years ago, the Patriots marched into Super Bowl XLII with an unbelievable, perfect 18-0 record with just the Giants standing in their way—we all know what happened; David Tyree got the ball with his helmet and a legend was born in Eli Manning.
Taking that into consideration, the wound is still there for the Patriots, and it's not only open, but it's still extremely painful.
New England will do whatever it takes to not lose this game.
Do I really need to say much more? I mean, he's Tom Brady—one of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterbacks in NFL history—but it doesn't end there.
Brady will be determined to win his 17th playoff game, which would be an NFL record, and ultimately win his fourth Super Bowl, which would be tied for the most all time.
Brady isn't taking this week like any other week—it's not only Super Bowl week, it's redemption week for TB12.
For starters, Brady wants redemption of not only Super Bowl XLII, but for the team's Week 9 loss at home against Eli Manning and the Giants. He also wants to erase from our memory his mediocre performance in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Following the AFC Championship when the Patriots were celebrating, Brady was not happy at all—in fact, he was completely content with telling all of Gillette Stadium and the entire NFL world that he "sucked."
Brady will be playing with a furious edge, and we all know Brady is at his best when he has a chip on his shoulder—a la the majority of his career—and that's why he's gotten to the point of being considered one of the greatest to play the game.
Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez
New England's "TE Party" had their way against the Giants the last time these two met, as they both scored a touchdown each and combined for a whopping 12 receptions for 136 yards.
Gronk and Hernandez are a combination that will be very lethal for such New York defenders as Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle and Chase Blackburn.
New England's Defense Is Finally Clicking
Don't get me wrong—New England's defense is far from great, but they are playing fairly well right now. They're clicking.
Vince Wilfork and Brandon Spikes had monster days against the Baltimore Ravens a week ago and will look to continue their success against New York.
Bill Belichick is on the verge of doing something that we haven't seen since the glory days of Chuck Noll.
If the Patriots win, Belichick will be cemented as arguably the greatest coach in NFL history, as he'll have four Super Bowl rings.
It's not that Belichick's legacy is on the line, but it's at the point where he can be remembered as the greatest—The Hoodie will succeed.
Super Bowl XLVI Prediction: New England 31, New York 27
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