Super Bowl XLVI…The Rematch
It’s a rematch four years in the making. On Sunday, Feb. 5, the AFC champion New England Patriots face the NFC champion New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI (46) in Indianapolis, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be looking to avenge his team’s loss at the hands of Eli Manning and his Giants that occurred in Super Bowl XLII (42). Everyone here at AppNeta is thrilled our home team has made it to the finals and we are ready to celebrate a victory.
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So here is our rundown on…The Rematch! Four years after New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert, the Patriots and Giants are going at it again in the Super Bowl. It’s the Patriots’ first appearance since Manning and the Giants upset New England’s pursuit of perfection in 2008. Back then, New England was a 12-point favorite, but New York’s defense battered Brady, sacking him 5 times, and Manning connected with Plaxico Burress on a late touchdown to win the Giants’ third Super Bowl.
That TD came, of course, a few moments after one of the biggest plays in playoff history: Manning escaped the grasp of a few Patriots defenders and found David Tyree, who put New York in scoring position by pinning the football against his helmet amongst a number of Patriot defenders for a jaw-dropping catch.
Similarities between the teams this time around and the teams four years ago have Patriots fans less confident than their other Super Bowl appearances. The Giants enter the Super Bowl playing their best football all season, which is how the Giants entered the playoffs four years ago, becoming the first wild card team to win the Super Bowl in NFL history. They also have a highly touted defense that boasts three of the top pass rushers in the game which was their strength in the 2007-2008 season. The Patriots, once again had one of the top offenses in the league this year, but a subpar defense that ranked second-to-last in the league during the regular season led to plenty of shootouts, and Brady was more than up to the task, throwing for a career-high 5,235 yards while tossing 39 touchdown passes, 33 of which were to Brady’s favorite targets, Tight Ends Rob Gronkowski (17) and Aaron Hernandez (7) and wide receiver Wes Welker (9).
New England, which lost to New York 24-20 in early November, is a 3-point favorite for the Feb. 5 game. The Patriots have won 10 straight, with their last loss being to – you guessed it – the Giants. So, once again, it will be Brady vs. Manning, coaches Bill Belichick vs. Tom Coughlin and the Patriots vs. the Giants.
Tune in next week for an update on which team is in the lead in the AppNeta Superbowl contest.
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