Garrett's Last Second Super Bowl Prediction

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My favorite day of the year is Super Bowl Sunday, and this year the Super Bowl promises to be a very entertaining game. The New England Patriots quest for an undefeated season is almost complete, and the last hurdle is the New York Giants. The Giants and Patriots played arguably the best game of the regular season in week 17. That game featured big plays being made by big time players on the both teams. The Patriots had to come from behind in the second half in order to move their record to 16-0, but I really don’t think that it will take great resiliency from the Patriots to come from behind and beat the Giants this time.

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When the Patriots posses the ball, the only way the Giants can slow them down is to get immense pressure on Tom Brady. The Giants have the best defensive line in the NFL, and did an admirable job of putting some heat on Brady in the first meeting between these two teams. The Giants have a solid core of linebackers as well. Antonio Pierce is extremely aggressive, and is a beast. Kavika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor are reliable players as well. The weakness in the Giants defense is their secondary. Sam Madison is still pretty good, but he is not as good as he once was. Kevin Dockery, rookie Aaron Ross, and R.W. McQuarters are the other corners that will have the responsibility of stopping the Patriot receivers. Safeties James Butler and Gabril Wilson will probably be used to shadow Randy Moss at all-times.Â

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The key for the Patriots offense is to not get pass happy. They must run the ball to keep the Giants defense honest. The Pats have the tendency to get pass happy, but they have a really good young running back with Laurence Maroney in the backfield. He showed what he could do with his combination of size and speed in the AFC Championship Game. The passing game will be effective. It will not be 20 degrees, it will not be windy. Look for Tom Brady to take more shots downfield to Randy Moss and Donte Stallworth.

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The Giants offense has loads of talent, and Eli Manning has been playing terrific football this postseason, but we have seen what the Patriots defense can do to quarterbacks. They can make really good quarterbacks look awful. It will be interesting to see how quickly Eli will decipher the multiple looks that he will get. The Patriots defense is aging and will give up some big plays to the Giants. I think that Plaxico Burress will have a big day against Asante Samuel, even though Samuel will make his fair share of plays. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw will play vital roles in keeping some of the workload off of Manning’s shoulders.Â

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The Patriots defense is a very good defense, but I don’t think that it is a great defense. The primary thing that they posses is their football I.Q. They are by far the smartest defensive unit in the NFL, and that will help them get the win over the Giants. The Patriots also have an outstanding d-line that will stop the run.

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You know, the Giants have been very impressive playing away from Giants Stadium this year. They haven’t lost in 10 straight road games, but the Patriots haven’t lost to anybody. They will make it 19-0. This game will feature a great deal of big plays, and a lot of points.Â

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Final Score: Patriots 38 Giants 27