It’s Super Bowl Weekend
It’s Super Bowl weekend, quite possibly the biggest weekend in sports. For the next two days, sports fans will be buying inordinate amounts of chips and dip, making sure their HD TV’s are hooked up correctly, and stocking their fridges with beer. It’s the American way. Sure, it would’ve been much better if the Bears were in the big game, or even if the 49ers made their first appearance since the Steve Young era, but this Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots should still be a slugfest.
When these two NFL heavyweights met back in 2007, it was one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory. It was a back-and-forth battle, and thanks to the miraculous catch by David Tyree, the Giants were able to upset the then-unbeaten Patriots 17-14.
This year, the odds are pretty similar. The Patriots rode the No. 1 seed in the AFC into the big game, while the Giants barely managed to win the NFC East. Tom Brady showed why he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league, throwing for 5,235 yards this season. Manning wasn’t too far behind, though, as he threw for 4,933 yards this year. Can Manning prove that he should be considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, or will Brady do what he does best?
This game could come down to the status of one man: Rob Gronkowski. During the AFC Championship game, Gronkowski went down with an ankle injury. He was a favorite target of Brady this season, as he recorded 1,327 yards and 17 TDs, which is a single-season record for tight ends. Gronkowski isn’t only useful as a receiver; most of New England’s plays are run in a two-tight-end formation. Without Gronkowski at 100 percent, more pressure will be put on Aaron Hernandez to come through against the powerful Giants defense.
Round one between these two teams was an instant classic, and round two looks to continue that trend. The Patriots surely want to avenge their loss from 2007, while the Giants will look to assert supremacy. On Super Bowl Sunday, the rivalry between Boston and New York will be renewed once again on the gridiron.
This is a guest post by Jon Bowman from MidwayMadness.com. Midway Madness is a site dedicated to Chicago sports. It is written by Chicago sports fans, for Chicago sports fans. Jon is studying journalism and is captain of the baseball team at Columbia College. Wanna read more from Jon and the guys at Midway Madness? Click here.