Playoff picks – Super Bowl XLVI

Only two teams left in the hunt for Lombardi trophy … AFC Champions New England Patriots and NFC Champions New York Giants will play in this year’s biggest game  – Super Bowl XLVI.

     New York Giants (12-7) vs New England Patriots (15-3), Sunday 6:20 PM (ET)

Stats That Matter – regular season

Scoring Offense: Patriots (3rd) over Giants (9th)
Scoring Defense: Patriots (15th) over Giants (25th)
Scoreability Index: Patriots (4th) over Giants (18th)
Bendability Index: Patriots (2nd) over Giants (21st)
Passer Rating Diff.: Patriots (4th) over Giants (12th)
Rusher Rating Diff.: Patriots (7th) over Giants (13th)

Stats That Matter – playoffs

Scoring Offense: Patriots (34.0) over Giants (27.0)
Scoring Defense: Giants (13.0) over Patriots (15.0)
Scoreability Index: Patriots (12.3) over Giants (15.0)
Bendability Index: Giants (24.7) over Patriots (21.7)
Passer Rating Diff.: Patriots (+28.3) over Giants (+22.9)
Rusher Rating Diff.: Giants (+25.4) over Patriots (+9.2)

Prediction 

This is a rematch of Super Bowl XLII in which the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots. Even dough that happened 4 years ago, there are some similarities on both teams. Patriots’ strength is on offense and Giants seem to have the edge on defense. Teams already played in regular season, it was Week 9 and the Giants won the game played in Foxborough, 24-20. Patriots committed 4 turnovers in that game, Brady fumbled once and threw 2 INTs but the game was decided by another Eli Manning’s fourth quarter comeback. There aren’t many secrets left, both teams know what to expect from the other. I think this time Patriots won’t commit as many turnovers as they did in the regular season game. Brady had a really bad game in AFC championship and chances are he will do much better job this time around. On the other hand Eli Manning didn’t have a bad game recently, maybe this will be the day on which Eli throws a couple of INTs. Sometimes he tends to just throw the ball up for grabs and it could be the wrong guy who will come down with the ball. I expect a close game, probably decided by a field goal late in the game. Patriots win and get sweet revenge.

Moneyline: Patriots 27-24
Against The Spread: Patriots (-2.5)
Over/Under: Under 53.5

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