NFL 2011 Super Bowl XLVI
I wonder if Terry Bradshaw is still getting yelled at by Ann Mara. [Insert random joke about Rooney "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" Mara here]
Ravens 20 - Patriots 23 & Giants 20 - 49ers 17: I'm going to summarize both games at once since there's some similarities to both outcomes outside of familial connections between the losing parties. Both games were lost because of special teams blunders: Billy Cundff's wide left and Kyle Williams' muff and fumbles. A chip shot to tie up the Patriots missed and two costly turnovers by a unit of the 49ers that hadn't given up the ball this season. Heartbreaking ways to lose especially considering how tough both losers played against the forthcoming Super Bowl participants (more on them when I do my pick). On the other hand, San Francisco should hold their heads in shame for only going 1-13 in 3rd downs. I suppose this made Jack Harbaugh's travel plans for February 5th a lot easier.
Super Bowl Pick 'Em:
My record: 2-2
Pirate Bob: 4-0
Secret Asian Man: 4-0
My record: 7-5
Secret Asian Man: 9-3
* = Both eliminated from contention; I only left TheGameguru's up just to rub his face in it.
Well, if you've been enduring these threads since September, I don't need to tell you the who, when, where of the Super Bowl. Just note that this time, your pick counts for 4, so it's either going to be all or nothing. Plus, in order to eliminate ties which are for puny cowards, I need you to give me a prediction of the final score. Watch for my pick coming next week. Just be careful, though; pick against the Giants and Mrs. Mara's coming for YOU.
Edit: And now for my pick, which admittedly isn't an easy one. Both teams had knocks on them going into the playoffs; questions that made many doubt that both would end up in Indianapolis. But then suddenly those flaws vanished. New England somehow conjured up a defense, New York played three playoff games, two on the road, and either weren't favored or not favored by a lot to win any of them. That the analysts seem divided on who will win is actually understandable since it is a toss-up (of course, the buzz in Indy's about the home team, not the Super Bowl teams). With all that said, I'm leaning towards the team that's on the road in both practical and ceremonial senses. New York Football Giants 28 - New England Patriots 27.