The final showdown of the 2011-2012 NFL Season is just beyond the horizon. On February 5th, 2012 the AFC champions, New England Patriots, will take on the NFC champions, New York Giants, in Indianapolis as part of Super Bowl XLVI. For Patriot fans, this can be seen as a horrific flashback to 2008, or as a chance for the Pats to get some redemption. As for the fans of the Giants, they must be hoping for a 2008 repeat in which the Giants upset the perfect-so-far Patriots 17-14. Although the Patriots are the favorites to win, I would not count the Giants out for a second.
For those of the TAMS students that took part in the Super Bowl Prediction Survey, fifty percent sided with the Giants, and fifty percent with the Patriots. A stunning stat if you look at the records of both teams thus far; The Patriots are 15-3, and the Giants are 12-7. A not so stunning stat if you look at week nine, in which the Giants beat the Patriots 24-20. One of the reasons certain Tamsters picked the Giants as the favorite was because that the Giants have a “pressure defense” that can slow down the Patriots high-powered offense. Also, the Patriots’ “defensive secondary is one of, if not the worst in the NFL.” With that in mind, the Giants will probably take advantage of that by throwing deep to their three great wide receivers: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Mario Manningham. As for the Patriot hopefuls, some predict a shootout because the “Giants will be able to score on the Patriots’ secondary,” but hopefully the Patriots offense will be “too much for the Giants to handle.” One formula a Tamster derived was: “Tom Brady + Bill Belichick + Rob Gronkowski = Win.” This certainly could be the case because it has worked thus far. With both teams streaking (Patriots on a 10 game win streak; Giants on a 4 game win streak) this game is most likely going to come down to the wire.
It is going to be interesting to see MAC café split in half on Sunday, February 5th. Here’s one final note to all TAMS students: Come down to MAC café on Sunday to watch an exciting matchup between two high-powered offenses in Super Bowl XLVI.
Article by Aaron Cooper
Photo by Ceane Lamerez