Giants vs. Patriots: Early Score, Stat Predictions for Super Bowl XLVI

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 28, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 06:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls out the play in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots on November 6, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 24-20.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Believe it or not, Super Bowl XLVI is just about a week away as both the New York Giants and the New England Patriots are gearing up to fight for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

This Super Bowl should be one of the all-time bests as it features a rematch of not only Week 9 but a rematch of Super Bowl XLII.

With that being said, let's hop right into my early score and stat predictions for Super Bowl XLVI. 


Eli Manning Will Throw for 300 Yards

Let's be honest: New England's pass defense is horrendous.

New England finished 2011 with an average of allowing 293.9 passing yards per-game—so there's no reason why Eli Manning wont accumulate 300 passing yards in the Super Bowl.

Manning has threw for a whopping 4,933 yards in 2011 and should continue his stellar success this season against New England's below-average pass defense.


Vince Wilfork Will Record Seven Tackles

A week ago in the AFC Championship, Vince Wilfork was unstoppable for the New England Patriots.

Wilfork compiled six tackles and one sack against the Baltimore Ravens, and I see him being an even more of a disruptive force in Super Bowl XLVI. 


The New York Giants Will Only Compile Two Sacks

Believe it or not, I actually have a lot of faith in New England's offensive line heading into Super Bowl XLVI.

Left tackle Matt Light is having one hell of a season while right tackle Nate Solder is far exceeding his rookie expectations.

Back in the team's Week 9 battle, Tom Brady was sacked two times, and I don't see the Giants surpassing that number come Super Bowl Sunday. 


Tom Brady Will Throw Three Touchdowns

Tom Brady is coming off of one of the worst performances that I have seen in a while as he was picked off two times and failed to throw a touchdown pass in the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens.

Brady will look to redeem himself in the Super Bowl and will have a game for the ages as he'll toss at least three touchdown passes. 


Hakeem Nicks Will Catch Eight Passes

Hakeem Nicks did not play back in the team's Week 9 matchup, but I believe he'll be a huge factor in Super Bowl XLVI.

Nicks is New York's top wide receiver as he caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards in 15 games this season and will be Eli Manning's No. 1 target come Super Bowl Sunday. 


Rob Gronkowski Will Catch Two Touchdowns

Despite dealing with some ligament damage in his left ankle, Rob Gronkowski will suck it up and have one of the greatest Super Bowl performances in a long time.

Gronkowski caught 17 touchdowns this season, an NFL record for tight ends, and will catch two more touchdowns against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. 


Tom Brady Will Win Super Bowl MVP

That's right—I'm going with the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI and Brady will win his third Super Bowl MVP honor.

Brady will have an unbelievable game as he'll ultimately win his fourth Super Bowl and his 17th postseason game, which will stand as an NFL record.


Super Bowl XLVI Prediction: New England 31, New York 27


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