Monday, February 6, 2012

Let’s hear it for New York!

Congratulations to the New York Giants they are the Super Bowl XLVI champs!  The game was amazing with a lot of twists, turns and surprises.  Some were exciting and some were awful.   It was exciting to see the Giants special teams do such a great job kicking that Tom Brady had to start two drives in the Patriots’ end zone.  It was awful to see both teams get penalized for having 12 men of the field.  (There should only be 11.)

The Giants led the game early on and by the second quarter they were up 9 – 0.  Then Brady came back and showed that he is the man.  He led the Patriots on three drives that yielded a field goal and two touchdowns.  New England was up 17 – 9.  After that the Patriots never scored again.

In the third quarter, New York’s offense went to work.  Eli Manning kept his cool and mixed using his receivers and running back.  Mario Manningham made a crucial catch in the fourth that started the Giant’s game winning drive.  It led to a touchdown that put the Giants up 21 – 17 for good.

Tom Coughlin out-coached Bill Belichick.  Belichick’s poor decision started on the eve of Super Bowl.  He decided to cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood and add defensive end Alex Silvestro to the roster.  I don’t know why he would make a change to lose a receiver when Rob Gronkowski was not 100%.  He needed the extra help at that position.  Not to mention, he sent out some bad karma.

The Giants played a better game.  The offense was on.  Eli completed 30 of 40 passes, running back Ahmad Bradshaw had more than 70 rushing yards and receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham combined for close to 200 yards.  The defense had a good night as well.  With one interception and two sacks, they limited the Patriots to converting only half of their third downs.

The NFL selects a MVP for the Super Bowl game.  Heels & Helmets awards the Super Bowl REAL GAME CHANGER AWARD.  This year the award goes to Mario Manningham.  He made a 38-yard catch in the fourth quarter and ensured that both of his feet were in bounds.  This catch demonstrated talent and focus at the end of a close game.   It energized the offense and led to the touchdown that sealed the Giants Super Bowl victory.  Congrats Manningham!

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