Agreed with the point about Eli - he has had a great year no doubt about it. But for me its a case of stopping Eli then you stop the Giants - they haven't a running game to fall back on.psj3809 wrote:I think its a great matchup. Granted the Giants were 9-7 but theyre currently on a hot streak, seen too often in past seasons a team starts off 6-0 and then cools down the stretch when its the most important games. The Giants rushing attack is improving but they were ranked 31st all year, i'm amazed at the year Eli Manning has, you dont normally think of the Giants as a team with a 4000+ yard passer !
Disagree with the 'Brady will rip them to shreds' bit, i mean go back a few years when NE were 18-0 and i'm sure people thought they would win 56-0 in the final !
New England hadnt beaten any team with a winning record until Baltimore and to be honest they were very lucky to come away with that one. The Giants secondary is poor, the S Phillips is terrible but their d-line is superb and Coughlin created a superb gameplan last time and it'll be interesting to see what he does this time for the final.
Brady will want revenge big time on the Giants so i think its fascinating to see what they do.
But yeah losing in the Championship game to me is worse than the Superbowl. On the plus side you've got a very good coach, some great talent on defense but sadly theres a few key players to be signed and you cant franchise them all. Thats what i hate about free agency, you draft some great talent and then a fair few leave for nothing.
Amazing year for Alex Smith though but the pressures on him next year. Michael Crabtree had a great year but was invisible in the playoffs near enough.
I still think NE will win the Super Bowl. 5 years ago they beat themselves, this time around they haven't got the pressure of a perfect season or continuing a dynasty. I'll take my hat off to the Giants if they do win it, but NE for me start at least 1 touchdown favourites.
I am glad we beat the Saints because it showed everyone we can beat a good team and not just rely on the weakness of the teams in our division. We beat a lot of good teams this year home and away but its obvious we need help on the O side of the ball. Alex has to step up next year and show this wasn't a one off. Oh and I like Crabtree - I just think if they threw to him more often he'd be better - last night they didn't throw it anyone other then Vernon Davis. And why have they stopped throwing to Gore ?? He had less than 20 catches all season long !