Monday, January 23, 2012

Off to the Circle City

The teams are set for Super Bowl XLVI!  Congratulations to the New England Patriots and New York Giants who are packing their bags to go to Indy and play for the Lombardi Trophy.  It will be a rematch of Super Bowl XLII.  That year, the Patriots were undefeated and suffered their only loss in the Super Bowl. 

Similar to the 2007 season, New England dominated throughout the season and led the AFC.  The Giants journey to this championship game was just the opposite.  They were only 9-7 this season and did not earn a spot in the playoffs until after the final game of the season.

Defense does it again
Defense wins championships.  It’s cliché, but phrases become cliché because they are so true.  Yesterday, the phrase got another nod from both championship games.  New England is known for their offense.  Their quarterback, Tom Brady, is one of the best at the moment.  During the regular season he had 11 games with 300 or more passing yards.  In the AFC championship game he only had 239 passing yards.  Pats fans have to be thankful that their defense stepped up.  They sacked Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco three times and limited them to just 19 first downs.  Until the end of the game, both teams traded points.  On the last play of the game the Ravens missed a field goal to send the game to overtime.  New England won, 23 – 20.

Out west in the NFC championship game, the defense shined too.  The Giants and San Francisco 49ers game was tight.  Both defenses made some great stops, but the Giants defense put the stamp on the game.  They only allowed the 49ers to convert one third down and recovered two fumbles (one was forced) that led to points.  The second fumble recovery was in overtime and led to them scoring their final points and beating San Francisco on the road 20 – 17. 

Now we will see which defense leads their team to a championship ring.

Are you ready for Super Bowl XLVI?
Next week we, we will do our annual week-long special for Super Bowl.  We will write every day and break down the strengths and weaknesses of each of our Super Bowl teams, New England Patriots and New York Giants.  You will be able to compare and make your prediction for the winner of Super Bowl XLVI.  Read posts on the line of scrimmage, offense, defense, special teams, game strategies and playing time to freshen up on your knowledge.  Don’t forget the new overtime rule for playoffs that began last year. 

It’s our birthday!
Two years ago after Championship Sunday, I began writing about football to help ladies join the conversation at the office.  Since then, other ladies have joined me in the mission to level the professional playing field by education and exposing women to sports.  We added workshops, golf clinics and fun networking events like our NFL Glam Party.  We were also featured in the NFL’s women’s apparel campaign, Fit For You.  What a year!  We have even more planned for 2012, so stay connected! 

Thank you for following.  We hope that we have helped you join the conversation at the office and surprise your sweetie. ;)  We look forward to another exciting year!

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