Super Bowl 46: Who Will Take Home the Lombardi Trophy When All Is Said and Done?

Baily DeeterSenior Writer IIIFebruary 5, 2012

Indianapolis gets ready to host it's first Super Bowl, featuring the Patriots and the Giants.
Indianapolis gets ready to host it's first Super Bowl, featuring the Patriots and the Giants.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady for the Super Bowl.

It's a rematch of Super Bowl 42, a game that captured the attention of the nation in one of the most dramatic games in NFL history.

New York 17, New England 14.

That score has haunted New England fans for four years now, and with another Super Bowl loss, things will turn from bad to worse. However, a Brady triumph can turn things around in Boston.

During the regular season, New England dominated en route to the best record in the AFC, before cruising over Denver and holding off Baltimore during the playoffs.

Against Denver, the Pats controlled the game from start to finish and won 45-10, thanks to a great performance from Brady. But a Baltimore team that should've been put away before the last minute kept fighting, and they would've had a shot in OT if Billy Cundiff didn't miss a chip shot field goal.

Not to mention a home loss to New York.

On November 6, 2011, the Giants traveled into New England on a hot streak. When the game ended, the hot streak was still going, thanks to an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Jake Ballard to win the game.

So now this question comes into play: Do the Giants have the Patriots' number?

The last time the Patriots beat the Giants was in 2007, and that was a hard-fought, thrilling game. New York came up just short of ending New England's perfect season, but five weeks later, they ended it.

New England rides into this game on a 10-game winning streak. The Giants have a streak to end once again, and the perfect man to do it.

Eli Manning piloted the 2007 champs, guiding them to four playoff victories, the latest being a thriller over the Patriots. Manning threw touchdown passes to David Tyree and Plaxico Burress, and he threw one of the most famous passes in Super Bowl history.

On 3rd-and-5 in their own territory, Manning dropped back, and had barely any time to throw. He was hit, and Patriot pass rushers were tugging on his jersey. Somehow, Manning broke free, and heaved a pass downfield to David Tyree.

Tyree, who had been dropping passes in practice all week, timed his leap perfectly, snatched the ball, pinned it to his helmet, and miraculously held on. Thanks to this miracle, New York was able to score and win the game.

However, New York doesn't have David Tyree anymore. They have Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.

All three receivers have made positive impacts on the Giants, as Cruz always comes up with the big play at the right time, Nicks has the ability to turn short passes into long touchdowns (like Cruz) and Manningham is a great third option.

New England doesn't have that kind of depth at the wide receiver position, but they have a two-headed monster.

Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have caught passes and ran over opponents all year long, and although Gronkowski isn't at full strength, he will be ready to play. Even without Gronkowski, Hernandez has the edge over Giants tight end Jake Ballard.

New England has the edge at tight end, but the Giants have the best front four in the NFL.

Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora have anchored a fearless front four, who can plow through any lineman and harass the quarterback. The front four helped the Giants triumph in Foxboro, and they will certainly be a factor in the Super Bowl.

And while New York has a great defense, New England has the worst pass defense in the AFC.

When you put all of that together, it's hard to go against the Giants. New York's superb defense, New England's terrible pass defense, Eli Manning, two consecutive Giant wins over New England, the three Giant receivers, and New York's hot streak are just a few reasons why the Giants are looking good.

It's time for Eli and the Giants to rewrite the history books and bring the Super Bowl back to the Big Apple.

Prediction: Giants 28, Patriots 24.