Giants vs. Patriots: Final Super Bowl XLVI Predictions

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  The Super Bowl Trophy is displayed before a press conference with AFC Champion Head Coach Bill Belichick (not pictured) at the JW Marriott, ahead of Superbowl XLVI, on February 03, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The time is here: Super Bowl XLVI is just hours away from featuring a battle between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. 

This game has been built up for the past few weeks, as it's not only a rematch of Week 9 but a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots. 

But that was four years ago, and these are two very different teams.

While this is a completely different game, I have a completely different projected outcome compared to the one four years ago.

That's right—I have the New England Patriots winning their fourth Super Bowl in 11 seasons. 

I may be in the minority in this one, but there is only one true reason why the Patriots will be victorious, and that's Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Belichick will be coaching in his fifth Super Bowl and will have a chance to win his fourth, which will give him the most in NFL history, tied with Chuck Noll.

Any time you give Belichick two weeks to prepare for a game, things could get ugly, as Belichick is quite obviously the greatest coach of this era. 

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When it comes to Brady, there is no way he'll allow himself to have two back-to-back subpar performances. 

Two weeks ago in the AFC championship, Brady was simply not himself. No. 12 completed just 22 of his 36 passes for 239 yards while failing to throw a single touchdown and being picked off twice. I do not see Brady having another performance like that, and I believe he will be a man on a mission to right the ship and prove why he's one of the all-time greats to play this game.

Say all you want about New York's pass rush—that's fine and dandy, but the Patriots have an answer for it. 

For starters, New England's offensive line is well-equipped to deal with the Giants, as Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Brian Waters, Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer are each among the better pass blockers in the game and should perform just fine against guys like Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck.

But New England's offensive line isn't the only reason why the Patriots can beat New York's pass rush—it's New England's short-passing, horizontal attack that will protect Brady from getting hit. 

Four years ago the Patriots relied on hitting Randy Moss on the deep ball, which resulted in several sacks due to Brady having to hold on to the ball in the pocket. Now, Brady throws the ball as soon as possible with a quick release, as the pass patterns aren't as commonly designed to go deep. 

Let's put it this way: Tom Brady will have a game of his life in Super Bowl XLVI, and he'll lead New England to its fourth Super Bowl victory in 10 seasons to resurrect the dynasty. 

Super Bowl XLVI Prediction: New England 31, New York 27

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