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Jason Black: Patriots 27-24
Two weeks ago when the teams were set for Super Bowl XLVI I thought it was a no brainer that the Patriots would win. But as the days have passed leading up to the big game I feel like more and more of the experts are picking the Giants.
This year’s Super Bowl is a rematch of Super Bowl XLII with the Giants winning 17-14.
The two teams played in the regular season that year with the Patriots winning. The Giants have said that playing the Patriots once before gave them the confidence to beat them in the championship game. The Patriots also admitted that they were exhausted from the pressure of going undefeated leading up to the Super Bowl.
The story leading up to the game was that the Patriots should win if the Giants don’t get any pressure on Brady. The Giants defense gave Brady problems all game, and Eli Manning was put on a pressure-free performance. Five years later it’s the same story. The Giants and Patriots played in the regular season this time with the Giants winning. Once again, if the Giants defense can get to Brady is the story.
The other storyline is Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski who has a high ankle sprain. He will no doubt play, but how much of a factor he will be could be the difference. I still feel that the Patriots are going to win, but it will be close. The Patriots offense is better than the Giants defense, Brady rarely has two bad games in a row and the Patriots want revenge.
Nick Goralka: Patriots
The Patriots are going to win in a shootout. This game will come down to whose defensive line can get the most pressure and whose offense can adjust the best to that pressure, and it’s hard to bet against an angered, revenge-thirsty Tom Brady in that scenario.
The Patriots two dynamic tight ends should force the pass rush to lay off a bit, while Eli and the Giants don’t quite have that luxury. If the Pats can keep pressure on Manning, they shouldn’t have trouble winning this game.
Jill Robinson: Giants
My reason: This will sound a tad crankypants, but since neither of my two teams (New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers) are in the Super Bowl, I don’t care much about who ultimately wins.
My decision boils down to: not Patriots.
Why? I suppose I’m a little tired of hearing about them, but I have no strong feeling against the team
Karla Bruning: Giants
Can lightning strike twice? You bet. It’s the team’s fifth trip to the ball in 25 years, and they’ve only lost once: to the Ravens in ‘01.
Sure, the Patriots are making their seventh appearance in 26 years, but they lose the Super Bowl as often as they win; they fell to the Bears in ‘86, the Packers in ‘97 and the Giants in 2007. Brady and Belichick are tough and have a history of winning the big game, but New Yorkers are tougher. You have to be in a city of rats and roaches. Trust me, I know. I’m not a Giants fan, but I am a New Yorker.
Manning and the Giants took the Pats down once; my bet is they’ll do it again.
Jacquie Kubin - Patriots Super Bowl.
I admit, I have always watched for the commercials. That said, I did enjoy the Patriots – Broncos game because I was rooting for Tim Tebow, not because of any Christian right allegiance but I thought it was great that he just kept “Tebowing” and ignoring the media and haters giving him a hard time for it.
Then Newt just proclaimed he is for the Giants, and I am not a big Newt fan. I am from Chicago, so there is a rivalry against a NY team because NY likes to think it is better than Chicago, which it is not (if you were ever to both cities, you would know I am right.) Patriots are good guys, fought the British.
Giants are big guys that like to grind bones to make bread. Giants have boring helmets; I like the Patriots silver domes with the red grid and the alien head dude on it. Therefore, using absolutely no logic whatsoever, Patriots will win.
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