Few things are as fun as a Super Bowl pool, as they have fans everywhere checking their chart at a rate of once every five seconds trying to figure out what needs to happen for a payoff.
If you are one of the many hopeless people (like myself) who chooses to participate in this activity, these are the numbers that you can expect to see pay out for each quarter.
The teams will come out relatively tentative, especially on their first possessions. The good news is that both offenses are so potent that when they get a sense of what the opposing defense will bring, they will move the ball well and get it in the end zone.
Each team will score a touchdown in the opening quarter. These are two of the best offenses and top quarterbacks in the league. In a dome, you can't hold them down for long. They won't score on the opening possession, but you can bank on points.
The Giants have a little more big play ability with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. That will allow them to get an extra possession and score in the quarter.
First Quarter Score: Giants 10, Patriots 7
This is where the identity of the game will really start to take shape. Tom Brady will discover that the Giants pass rush can be completely neutralized with runs and short passes. Eli Manning will take full advantage of the New England secondary and throw it deep.
The Patriots will get a slight edge in this quarter because while the deep ball will lead to some points for the Giants, it also makes them vulnerable to turn it over. The Patriots will force a pick in this quarter and even things up.
Second Quarter Score: Patriots 17, Giants 17
The defenses will get some revenge for a high scoring first half here. They will get in the locker room and with the long halftime, each team will have the time needed to revise their defensive strategy.
Still, the offenses are too good to be completely held down. As the quarter nears its end, they will both start to move the ball a little better. Neither will find the end zone in the quarter, but the offenses won't be shut out.
Third Quarter Score: Patriots 20, Giants 20
The offenses will adjust to the new looks being thrown at them because on both teams, the offense is by far the superior unit. Neither defense will be good enough to keep the opposing offense out of the end zone for long, and that is going to show in this quarter.
Look for each team to find the end zone early in the quarter, which will be followed by a few possessions of tentative play.
With about five minutes left, the Patriots will get the ball and Tom Brady will show everyone just how good he is, not that anyone needed reminding.
Fourth Quarter/Final Score: Patriots 34, Giants 27
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