Super Bowl Odds 2012: Underdog Giants Will Continue to Defy Odds

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates in the second half against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants beat the 49ers 20-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The NY Giants enter the Super Bowl as underdogs to the favorite New England Patriots. At least they will be comfortable in the role they have been playing all season long. 

The Giants are not getting a Super Bowl level of credit. They are forever in the backseat to much more enticing stories, but continue to drive the car just fine. 

Eli Manning was overshadowed by a myriad of far more scintillating quarterback storylines. There was Drew Brees taking over a Dan Marino record and Tim Tebow defying odds. Well, Eli's story was just as engaging, and being one of the last two teams standing will allow us to see that. 

The Giants were going to be fine without Steve Smith, or that is what they told themselves. Then came injury to Mario Manningham that delivered a blow to the wide receiver depth chart. 

Instead of coming into the offseason thin, the Giants are the more talented team in that regard because of that injury. It gave an undrafted second-year player in Victor Cruz the chance he needed to shine. 

This is what the Giants do. They wait in the shadows and pounce when you least expect them. It is a collected rabble of talented athletes that continue to get under-appreciated by the national media. 

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It continues as they are plus-3 underdogs according to Bovada.lv. It's hard to pick against the New England Patriots, a team that almost goes hand-in-hand with Super Bowl infamy. 

It's time to buy into the Giants and the fact that this is their season to shine. All the sexy subplots of 2011 have been extinguished, and all that is left is the substantial work of a team that shouldn't be here. 

The discrepancies in these two teams are vast, and they favor the Giants. The Patriots may be the second best team in passing yards at 317 yards per game, but the Giants are not far off the mark with 295. It helps when you also tout a quarterback that neared the 5,000-yard mark in Manning. 

What it will all come down to is defense, and the Giants are far more versatile and gifted on that side of the ball. 

The Patriots have made a living this year on out-scoring opponents in their victories rather than keeping them tempered with defense. Only one of those victories came at the hands of a winning-record team. 

The Giants have the defense to stifle Tom Brady, but the Patriots have no such answer for a hot-handed Manning. 

It's time to embrace the brilliance of the NY Giants, because they are going to win this Super Bowl whether you like it or not. 

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