Staff predicts Superbowl XLVI

Honestly, this will be just as evenly matched as Giant and Patriot games always are. Neither team won convincingly in their Championship games, and to be honest neither teams looked good. The Giants however, looked better, as they received key catches out of their three big receivers, especially Mario Manningham. Also, Eli Manning looked a lot better than Tom Brady. Brady couldn’t even get the ball to his two big tight ends against the Ravens defense. The Giants also, will bring more pressure against Brady than Baltimore did. Expect Tuck and Umenyiora to have big games against that depleted offensive line of New England. Overall, I think this game will be very  competitive, as we might see some more historical plays like we did in Super Bowl 42. However, despite the game’ competitiveness the Giants will come out with yet another Super Bowl victory. Their pass offense is too tough with a trio of fast wide receivers, plus the Patriots secondary is one of the worst in football. Also, expect Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw to have a better game than the Patriots rushing attack. In the end the Giants will run away with the game defeating Tom Brady once again.
-Brady Klein

Superbowl XLVI isn’t just a game, it is rematch between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. The two teams faced each other, not only in Superbowl XLII, but in week nine of the 2011-2012 regular season. Both games resulted in a Giants victory. New England’s offense has been unstoppable since the loss to New York in week nine,  but the Giants defense is arguably the best in the league. This is pretty cliche to say, but this game is going to come down to defense. Both teams have very powerful offenses led by two of the best quarterbacks in the league. Tom Brady and Eli Manning are both playing at an elite level and are going to be tough to stop. The Patriots defense has a reputation of poor performance, but they seem to have found some answers in the playoffs. They’ve dropped their total yards allowed from 411 during the season to a solid 325 in the postseason. This game could not be more evenly matched. They both reached the Superbowl by game-ending field goals in their respective Championship games. That being said, I think this one is going to come down to a field goal. After the two offenses battle it out for four quarters, with less than a minute to go, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes will split the uprights and kick his team to victory. The Giants take this one 31-28.
-Davis Millard

Superbowl XLVI is a rematch between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. The Patriots will take this game by storm, if they have their emerging tight end Rob Gronkowski. Without him, their offense is still powerful, but the game will be a lot closer. Gronkowski is the key to the Patriots win. Both teams have strong offenses, but the Patriots have a few key factors working for them. Although they don’t have the strongest run team, the Giants have one of the worst rushing defenses. The Patriots passing defense will face a big test though being consistently one of the worst in the NFL. For the Giants to have a successful game, they will need their up coming receivers like Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks to put up some career numbers, which shouldn’t be hard against the Pat’s pass defense. An advantage the Pats will have is not their run defense though, but the lack of the Giants run offense. The Giants have strong wide receivers, but their offense will not be able to keep up with the fast paced air attack of the Patriots. In the end, the game could come down to a defensive stop, but neither team has strong defense, or a turn over. The big game will be a big offensive showdown that surely wont disappoint.  Patriots will take it in a close one 35-24.
-Connor Thompson

 

The game will air Sunday, Feb. 5. at 5:30 p.m. on NBC. Go to www.nfl.com for more information on the game.