Three weeks ago, when the matchups for the the conference finals had just been determined, I predicted that the Giants would beat the Pats in the Super Bowl. Mind you, I was a little off on my semi-final predictions, taking New York by seven over San Fran, and New England by 15 against Baltimore. In the end, each game came down to a last-second field goal–a make in OT by the Giants, and a miss by the Ravens that sent the Pats to Indy. With that said, I’d like to reconsider my prediction on the big game itself.
Here’s what I said on Jan 16th:
So, here we have the 15-3 Pats against the 12-7 Giants. Hmm, does this picture look familiar, at all? Back in 2008, the 13-6 football Giants took on the 17-0 Pats and pulled off an upset for the ages, holding Tom Brady and co to a measly two touchdowns and winning 17-14 on some late-game heroics by David Tyree, he of the four regular-season receptions. For them to win again, I think this stands to be another low-scoring effort. The Giants offense is more potent this season than it was four years ago, but it still doesn’t stack up to Brady and the Pats. Did I mention that he threw for six scores last weekend?
But can a 29th-ranked pass defence hold New England to two TDs? Probably not. Good thing the Patriot defense is ranked second-last in yards allowed. They ain’t stopping nobody, either! And while their opponent does give up three and a half fewer points per game, I still like the Giants.
In fact, I see this one heading down the stretch, tied at 35, when Eli lofts a pass to the unlikeliest of heros–backup QB David Carr, in as the sixth receiver for a specially-drawn up Hail David play, on which center David Bass and left guard David Diehl also go long. Although the pass sails high, Carr pins it against Tim Tebow’s helmet for the game-winning score. How does Tebow’s helmet get on the field in Indianapolis? That’s for me to know, and you to find out. Let’s just say that Jesus has a score to settle with Bill Belichick.
And your final score is… Giants 42, Pats 35!
And here’s what I think now. In light of recent developments, I don’t see this game being as high-scoring. Sure, the two teams put up comparable point totals in their conference semi-finals, but you know what they say: defense wins championships. In Week 9, the Giants went into Foxboro, winners of five of their last six, and shocked the Patriots 24-20 on a last-second TD by Eli Manning to rookie TE Jake Ballard, he of the 41 career catches (including postseason).
New York has proven they can beat New England, not only in the regular season, but also in the Super Bowl a few years back. That’s why I still think they win this game, and once again, it goes down to the wire. In fact, we’re all tied at 20 with 11 seconds left, when the Giants call timeout to set up a 32-yard field goal. Lawrence Tynes trots onto the field–or at least some guy wearing his number 9 jersey does, only he’s six-foot-three and 236 pounds. After nailing the game-winning field goal right down the middle, he kneels down in prayer, the camera zooms in… and its Tim Tebow! That’s right, Tim Tebow wins the Super Bowl! Talk about divine intervention!
As Al Michaels has a heart attack in the broadcast booth, the Giants kicker jumps up in celebration, and tears his ACL. As he’s carried off the field, it turns out that it wasn’t Tebow, but free agent kicker Bill Gramatica! The Lord sure works in mysterious ways…
Giants 23, Pats 20 — karma’s a bitch!