Super Bowl XLVI brings us the New England Patriots versus the New York Giants in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII four years ago in Phoenix, when the Giants wrecked the Patriots’ bid for a perfect season, 17-14. So what can we expect in the rematch? Here at TeamNames.net, we predict a repeat outcome, and here are three reasons why.
No. 3: Underdogs
The Giants love being the underdogs. No one gave them a chance in Hades of beating the Green Bay Packers, and now they’re three-point underdogs to the Patriots. They barely made it into the playoffs, needing a Week 17 win against the Dallas Cowboys to secure the NFC East’s post-season berth, so they’ve essentially had to win four playoff games in a row to get to this point.
Don’t let the Giants’ 9-7 regular season record fool you. They’re better than their record suggests. They suffered a bunch of injuries mid-season, but they’re healthy now, and it shows. The Giants took down the No. 5 seed Atlanta Falcons, the No. 1 seed Green Bay Packers, and the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoffs. They won the last two games on the road. They certainly aren’t going to be intimidated by the No. 1 AFC seed Patriots.
No. 2: Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens just gave the Giants the blueprint for containing the Patriots’ high-powered offense. If not for four mind-numbingly bad plays in Baltimore’s final two possessions, this would be a Ravens-Giants Super Bowl, instead.
The Giants have the defense to hang tough with New England. They shut down the prolific offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers, giving up a combined total of 20 points to those two teams. Now they have the film of the AFC Championship game to study. Avoid the mistakes the Ravens made, and the Giants are in good shape.
No. 1: Diverse Offense
While the Giants defense has faced potent offenses and bottled them up, the Patriots have done no such thing in the playoffs. Heading into the AFC Championship game, the Pats hadn’t beaten a team all year that finished the season with a winning record until the Ravens came to town. In the playoffs, they only had to take down the one-dimensional rushing offenses of the Denver Broncos and the Ravens. Neither opponent provided any meaningful passing attack against which New England had to defend.
The Patriots have the league’s second-worst pass defense, coughing up 294 passing yards per game, and you can expect the Giants to make them pay for that. Victor Cruz just demolished the 49ers in the NFC Championship game with 10 receptions for 142 yards. Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham will line up on the other side of Cruz. If the Patriots focus on shutting down the receivers, the Giants will just pound them into submission with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. New York has more offensive weapons than New England knows what to do with. The Lombardi Trophy returns to New York.
TeamNames.net fearless prediction: New York Giants 27, New England Patriots 24