Welcome back to the only NFL picks here on Associated Content that not only KNEW that the New York football Giants would be playing in the Super Bowl but only missed the final score of the NFC Championship Game by a single point. Close enough. This is the 2008 Super Bowl edition of Zac’s Backs.
Let’s get right down to it. There is absolutely zero chance of this article being unbiased. My Giants are one game away from shocking the world (including this kid). Hell, they’ve already stunned the country by getting this far. Unfortunately for all of us pulling for Big Blue, there is this slight obstacle in the way of the Giants and yet another Super Bowl ring. There’s this team from New England, you see…
That’s right. The Patriots are at it again. This time, they’re going for the historic 19-0 perfect season. To put it bluntly, things don’t look good for the Giants. These two teams faced off in the final week of the NFL regular season in arguably the best game of the year so far. The Giants gave it their all in front of a pumped up crowd in New Jersey and they still couldn’t beat New England. Why should this team or its fans believe that anything will be different in the Super Bowl?
There are plenty of reasons to believe that the Giants can defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. New England has not looked unbeatable by any definition of the word. Jacksonville was a Northcutt drop away from giving the Patriots a very large scare. On a personal note, it was nice to see Northcutt dropping a pass while not wearing a Cleveland Browns jersey. It’s also rather amusing to me that all these “experts” are making a big deal about the Patriots defense being “dominant once again” after holding the San Diego Chargers to 12 points in the AFC Championship Game. Normally, that would be impressive. Considering that the Chargers had a one-legged quarterback, their best player on the sideline for practically the entire game and their best receiver injured, the Patriots didn’t impress me all that much. Of course, it also didn’t hurt that Mr. Wonderful Tom Brady threw three picks.
Speaking of Tom Terrific, I’m going to say this but once in this article. His ankle is fine. Stop talking about it. Stop writing about it. He’s going to play and he’s going to be 100 percent. Yes, I’m talking to you, ESPN.
On the other hand, The Giants are the team that wasn’t supposed to even be playing in this Super Bowl. Technically, they shouldn’t have even gotten out of the Wild Card Round of the playoffs (even though most of us knew that they could beat the Bucs). Almost nobody gave the Giants a chance against the Cowboys in Dallas, especially since Dallas had defeated the G-Men twice during the regular season. When the Giants stunned the masses by upsetting Dallas, they were given no chance against the Packers. After all, they had to play in the harsh cold. In Green Bay. Against the gunslinger. The legend. It was destiny that Brett Favre would get one more chance to win a Super Bowl.
I’m not suggesting that the Giants have been dominant. They have been far from it. What the Giants have done, though, is become more unified than I as a fan have seen them in a long, long time.
We’ve also seen the maturation of quarterback Eli Manning. All of the doubters have to admit that Manning has looked very impressive in the last three playoff games. The scared kid of yesteryear is no more. Manning is a leader, is full of confidence and will be ready on Super Bowl Sunday.
Maybe it’s the departure of Tiki Barber or the injury to Jeremy Shockey that made these things happen. I can’t explain it but this Giants team has plenty of fans believing that they will pull off what could be one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Super Bowl. The Giants are huge underdogs heading into the Super Bowl and, well, they should be. The Patriots are 18-0 and it’s not by accident.
Regardless of any questions you may have about New England’s defense, the Patriots had the best offense in 2007 of any NFL team I have ever seen. Ever. I’m more than concerned about New York’s defensive backs having to cover the likes of Moss, Welker, Stallworth, Gaffney and Watson. It also doesn’t hurt that Laurence Maroney appears to be running as good as he has all season.
Needless to say, the Giants are going to have to be their best defensively in order to compete in the Super Bowl. Containing Maroney, not making any mistakes in the secondary and constantly putting pressure on Brady are three things that must happen. If not, New England is going to score at will.
On offense, the Giants cannot afford to make any mistakes. Eli Manning has not turned the ball over once in the playoffs. He certainly can’t on Sunday. In fact, the Giants as a team cannot turn the ball over at all. Doing so will almost certainly mean defeat for the Giants in the Super Bowl. Quite frankly, I don’t think the Giants can get away with more than a couple of mistakes. No dropped passes. No missed blocks. No anything. The Giants have to be near perfection.
And I think they’re going to be just that.
If you’re searching for reasons or stats why the Giants will beat the Patriots, I’ll tell you right now that you’re not going to find anything like that here. Yes, this is the ultimate homer pick. The Giants are playing with more heart than I’ve seen them have since 1990. They’re playing with confidence and are also loose, quite the feat considering what is ahead of them. Championships are won with talent and perseverance. They’re also won with heart. The Patriots have plenty of heart. The Giants just have more.
I’m queasy about this game. I wonder if anybody can beat New England this year. If any team can do it, though, it’s the New York football Giants. I’ve been picking the Giants for a month. Did you expect anything else this time around?
Winner: New York Giants
Thanks to everybody who read Zac’s Backs throughout this NFL season. Many of you enjoyed my weekly picks and some of you even liked to give me a hard time about them. Still, I received plenty of feedback which is always appreciated. Thanks once again to all of you.