For All The Marbles
So now it has been settled. Just one game left for the coveted Lombardi Trophy will be played by the NFC Champion New York Giants and the AFC Champion New England Patriots. Super Bowl 46 will take place on February 5th in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. This game is a repeat of the 2007 matchup where the Giants spoiled the Patriots chance of an undefeated season by pulling out a last drive touchdown aided by a miracle catch by David Tyree. This game is interesting in that you have very productive offenses in the passing game and a matchup of schizophrenic defenses. Early analysis has this game being decided between New England’s Offense versus the re-emergence of the front four for New York. I however think that this will be a battle of the secondaries and which one can make enough plays so that one team can out score the other.
The secondary for the New York Giants was ranked 29th in the regular season in passing yards given up. This is primarily due to injury early on in the season to Terrell Thomas, backup corner Brian Witherspoon, both with season ending injuries. Further crippling of the secondary occurred when a foot injury to Prince Amukamara, 1st Round Draft Choice this past season, sidelined him most of the regular season. Somehow, the Giants were able to win the division, all while getting healthy during this playoff run. On the other hand, the New England Secondary was worse than the Giants, finishing 31st in passing yards given up. This is in part due to the lack of experience in the defense overall when it was decided by the team, that they needed to get younger.
With both quarterbacks passing for over 4,900 yards both secondaries are bound to give up big plays in the passing game however, the back seven that can make a play or two, whether it be by interception or fumble will win the game.
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