The Giants did it again. They beat the Patriots for the second time in recent history with this 2012 Superbowl win. Eli Manning won the MVP predictably. The award was well earned after spectacular performances tonight and during the playoff season. Eli played better tonight. He took more risks by throwing the ball for longer passes and more completions. Mario Manningham #88 made a spectacular game changing catch which may have turned the tide of the game. Victor Cruz performed well along with a number of other team players.
The Giants performed better in the first quarter by coming ahead and staying ahead for a long period throughout the game. The Patriots surpassed the Giants but could not hold onto a slim lead. The Giants had lots of injuries and backup players were a factor but not a decisive one. The injuries were the reason why the Giants did not win by a wider margin. Originally, I thought that the win would be Giants 34 Patriots 23. (see below)
The Giants played a spectacular season but there are lessons to be learned for the next season. Eli has to take more chances in getting the ball into the air for longer passes more often. In addition, he needs practice in releasing the ball sooner to avoid pileups on the quarterback. Despite some weak areas, Eli is still a top tier quarterback with a lot of experience and solid achievements. Congrats on a job well done. I'm sure NYC will hold a Broadway Ticker-Tape Parade for the Giants with all of the accoutrements including speeches by Major Bloomberg and a host of other admirers throughout New York and the Metropolitan Region. All is well that ends well.
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The big day is here. The Giants v. Patriots could be a tough game but I hold out for the Giants 34-23. The Giants have been good at moving the ball short distances to get numerous first downs. Victor Cruz and Eli Manning are in a contest for the MVP.
Victor Cruz has produced some game winning plays and Eli Manning has been a good passer and quarterback. He has kept the Giants advancing in some very tough games, lead in comebacks and has reasonable controls over the defense. A strong case can be made for the MVP to go to Eli Manning.
The Giants could improve their Superbowl performance starting with Eli Manning. He needs to take some chances in getting the ball into the air more often. The strategy of advancing the ball in small increments worked in the last game; however, the winning result in overtime was too close for comfort.
Eli took an enormous beating last game and still survived the experience. To come out unscathed, Eli needs to release the ball quicker. In addition, the team will need good backup in case of major injuries to key players. The Giants have performed mediocre in the first quarter of recent games. Yet, they have pulled ahead eventually. The last game was a real seesaw- right through the overtime minutes played.
The Patriots are favored narrowly. The N.E. tight end Gronkowski suffered a right ankle sprain and his effectiveness is less than 100%. On balance, the Giants want the win more and I believe that this desire will drive them to the win. Lastly, Eli has played magnificent ball and his focus seems to be improving with each game.
This game was a real nail-biter, even if it was a little bit sloppy at times. I don't know how there were calls on each team for too many men on the field. I think too many people are talking about Mario Manningham's big catch - yeah, it was awesome, but big catches like that happen virtually weekly in the NFL. Tom Brady lost, but he did play a very good game.