It’s Official: Pats v. Giants in Super Bowl XLII
Posted by Ryan on January 20, 2008
The NFL’s two Conference Championship games were held today and as usual, the one that the Pats weren’t playing in was more exciting.
The first contest pitted the San Diego Chargers against the New England Patriots. Though a pretty sloppy game, the Pats won 21-12 to be the first team in NFL history to go 18-0 in one season. It was their fourth AFC Championship in seven years and the fifth time they’ve played in it in seven seasons.
The late game had the New York Giants playing an Ice Bowl at -4 degrees (-24 windchill) against the Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The game was tight given the rough conditions, but the Giants pulled it off in overtime 23-20.
So, it’s my home team against the local team in Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, February 3, 2008. Given what I’ve seen and experienced in my lifetime, I will be on the record taking the Pats by 3 points which was the margin of each of the three Super Bowl’s that they have won over the last seven years: 20-17, 32-29, 24-21 respectively.
It should be a good game and I’ll have more analysis and thoughts on this as the Super Bowl approaches in two weeks. While playing their best football on the road, the Giants’ 10-game road winning streak will probably end much like the Chargers and the Jaguars’ various streaks, or the mighty Cowboys and Colts (whose first losses were both to New England this season). But, I do think the game will be very competitive, more so than last year’s Super Bowl. Plus, don’t forget the potential for history as the Pats strive for the first 19-0 season ever!
Pic from the Slimes.