Eli Manning and the New York Giants head to Indianapolis this Sunday to play the New England Patriots in a rematch of the classic 2007 Super Bowl when the Patriots were 18-0 and lost on the final drive to the 10-6 Giants.
It's a new season, however, and the Patriots are determined to make up for that heartbreaking loss (for Patriots fans). Tom Brady hadn't won a playoff game since 2007 before he finally beat the Denver Broncos in this years playoffs. He then went on the beat the Baltimore Ravens and now finds himself facing the Giants once again in the biggest game of the season.
There usually isn't a right answer to who is going to win the Super Bowl. The only time I can remember when there was a right answer was when the Patriots played the Giants in 2007. Obviously, that didn't work out so well, as the right answer (undefeated Patriots) ended up losing, so that proves that it really is always a toss-up.
However, I am going to try to find sound reasoning as to why I have who I have winning the Super Bowl on Sunday. It may not be perfect, but it never is when you're talking about the Super Bowl.
First, Manning is playing very well right now. While Brady may have a better passer rating in the postseason so far, that is skewed by his first game when he played the Broncos at home. He had a much worse outing against the Ravens the next week, and Manning has played consistently well throughout his last five games.
I would actually rather have Manning than Brady in the game this week. I know Brady is the better player, but in the upcoming game I like Manning's chances to perform better. Manning has the better players to throw the ball to if Rob Gronkowski ends up not being able to play, and he is going up against the worse defense.
While the Giants were ranked 29th in pass defense this regular season, they have been playing much better as of late. They shut out the Atlanta Falcons offense in the Wild Card Round and then went on to shut down the best offense in the league on the road. Brady will have to go up against the best defensive line in the NFL and have to elude, most likely, a ton of pressure. Eli won't face all of that tough pressure and he'll have his receivers run routes with Patriot WRs trying to cover them.
Other than Manning, I think the Giants will win because they have the better defense. The Patriots had the worst defense in the league last season, along with the Green Bay Packers. While the Giants were not statistically that much better, they do have a ferocious pass rush that should upset Brady early and often. The Patriots don't have that same pass rush and Eli should be able to take advantage.
The final reason I have the Giants coming out on top is because we have seen this all before. And no, I am not talking about the 2007 game.
Last season, the Packers had to win their last two games in the regular season to make the playoffs. They did that, and at 10-6 they won three playoff games in a row to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
They were matched up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that had won multiple Super Bowls in the past decade and featured a future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Manning and the Giants had to win their final two games this past season to win the NFC East, and after they completed that they were in the playoffs. They then beat three playoff teams, including the No. 1 seed in the NFC just like the Packers did last year. Now they will go to the Super Bowl where they will play a team that has won three Super Bowls in the past decade and features a Hall of Fame quarterback.
If you remember from a year ago, it was the NFC team that won the Super Bowl, so we should probably expect the Giants to follow suit this year, right?
We should probably think that, but you really never know. What the Packers did last year has nothing to do with the Giants, but it is really interesting that there all of these similarities between the two. However, if anything was going to sway your mind about who wins this Sunday, it's one thing and one thing only.
Terry Bradshaw is infamously the worst game predictor in the history of of picking games. Ever. I mean ever.
It's actually quite hilarious.
Man, he must hate the Packers...
Well, how did those picks turn out for him?
Yeah, I didn't think so.
Aaron Rodgers probably bribed Bradshaw to pick against Green Bay every week so they could win the Super Bowl. Every year in the playoffs, teams closely watch the FOX NFL pregame to see who Terry picks. If he picks them, they know it's a death sentence and they might as well give up right then and there.
In fact, I think ESPN should send their mobile alert subscribers texts saying "Terry Bradshaw has picked the 'insert team here' to beat the 'insert another team here'. The owner of 'insert team here' has released a statement apologizing to the fans and promising that they will be back next year."
I mean, you might as well, right?
You probably have already guessed, but do you know who Terry picked in each of the Giants' playoff games this year?
The Falcons, the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.
As a Packers fan, I couldn't help but shed a couple tears as Bradshaw uttered the last thing in the world I wanted to hear.
"I'm picking Green Bay in this one."
I still have nightmares to this day because of the curse that Terry put on us in that game. I'll always thank him for gift-wrapping the Super Bowl for us in 2010, but it'll always get me how he picked the Packers in 2011.
However, Terry has been bribed by Manning this year to send the Giants to the Super Bowl. Doesn't Terry know the term "upset"? Apparently not, and since the Patriots are favored this Sunday, you can bet on Terry picking against the Giants.
If Terry says, "I like the Patriots in this matchup," then you know the Giants are going to win big.
Start praying, Giants fans. The game starts and ends in the last 10 minutes of the Super Bowl pregame on FOX.
Giants 41, Patriots 31