Super Bowl 2012 Predictions: Predicting the Score, Quarter-by-Quarter
It's that time of year again.
With the Pro Bowl in the books, that means only one more football game before it's all over. A highly anticipated Super Bowl rematch will take place this Sunday between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.
Some believe the Super Bowl will be a shootout. One might believe the game starts off with a bang and ends in a bore. It can also be predicted that the Super Bowl will gradually build, and the game will come down to the wire.
In this slideshow, I'll give my predictions on how the game will unfold, quarter-by-quarter.
Like every football game, the first quarter is the best opportunity for teams to figure out what the other team has been able to do and find their weakness and expose it later in the game.
For the Giants, they will have to figure out a way to stop the Patriots.
Don't be surprised if Tom Brady gets his offense going early in the game. The Patriots earned the No. 1 seed this year because of their dynamic offense. The Patriots ranked No. 1 in the AFC in total offense and in passing.
When the Patriots get the ball for the first time, Brady will connect with Wes Welker in the end zone to draw first blood.
Tom Coughlin knows he will have to get his offense going in order to stay in the Super Bowl. Expect the Giants to come away with at least three points following a Patriots score.
Because of New England's offense, you can expect them to come away with another score early in the game.
End of the first quarter: 10-3 New England
Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Michael Boley have played great this postseason for the Giants on defense.
Like many quarterbacks, especially elite quarterbacks, Brady struggles the most when dealing with defensive pressure applied by the opposing team.
A key reason as to why the Giants defeated the unbeaten Patriots in Super Bowl 42 was because of the Giants pass rush.
Expect the Giants defense to step up in this quarter and play well.
As the former defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, who play the Patriots twice per year, Perry Fewell knows Brady very well and can guide his defense in the right path.
As for Eli Manning, he will take advantage of the effort from the defense and help his team score a few points to take the lead.
End of the second quarter: 13-10 New York
If you are a Giants fan, you are hoping that Fewell has a plan to stop Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski has been unstoppable this postseason.
However, he is dealing with an ankle injury, and it's uncertain if he will play in the Super Bowl.
However, don't forget Aaron Hernandez, who plays opposite of Gronkowski. Hernandez, a 2011-12 All-Joe recipient, can be just as dangerous.
Brady will get his offense going after a long half-time intermission.
Manning and the Giants will also get a score to stay ahead.
End of the third quarter: 20-17 New York
Vince Wilfork was an impact player for the Patriots this season.
Wilfork, who anchors the defensive line for the Patriots, will keep Manning silent in this quarter.
Meanwhile, the Giants defense will have to continue to work on their pass rush to make sure they don't give this game away. Brady may find himself in trouble as well in this quarter.
Stephen Gostkowski will tie the game up at some point in the quiet fourth quarter to force the first ever overtime in Super Bowl history.
End of the fourth quarter: Tied at 20
The biggest player who I have not mentioned is Victor Cruz.
When the Giants win the overtime coin toss, Manning will win it all by airing it out to one of the most electrifying receivers in the game this season.
And the New York Giants win the Super Bowl.
Final score in overtime: 26-20 Giants