The Patriots needed a boneheaded coaching decision - or lack thereof - to avoid OT with Baltimore. Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh, instead of calling a timeout, elected to let his kicker sprint to the spot and essentially rush the biggest field goal attempt of his career. Wide Left!! Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and T-Sizzle may never get back to the promised land.
The Giants, they were more opportunistic, forcing two fumbles on special teams by the best special teams unit in the NFL. Sam Weatherford held it (with his wedding ring on), Lawrence Tynes kicked it, and all hell broke loose for the Blue and White. Two road wins in two of the most difficult places to play - Lambeau and Candlestick.
There are so many storylines it's sickening:
- Eli stepping out of Peyton's shadow
- Little brother playing for the "big one" in the house that Peyton built
- A rematch of Super Bowl XLII
- Brady and Belichick in their fifth Super Bowl as Head Coach/QB
- Tom Coughlin proving all his doubters wrong
- Is Eli better than Peyton?
- Are Eli and Brady both elite?
- The Giants defense stepping up and playing like a unit possessed
Madonna as the halftime show? I am surely NOT going to watch that one. She had a hard enough time speaking at the Golden Globe awards.
$2800+ is the cheapest ticket available on ticketexchange. Needless to say, I am not going to Indianapolis.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30pm EST.
I am looking forward to it.