What an amazing game. I’m not one to get caught up in the moment, but I’ll admit that I came away from that game thinking it was one of the best Superbowls ever. It was well played, surprisingly well officiated, had big plays and big hits, and had a lot of momentum changes. It also was very good and entertaining, and yet still had good defense.
I must say that the game turned out a lot like I said it would in my prediction. I predicted more points, but I did say that it wouldn’t be the high scoring shootout that every predicted. I also said that the difference would be the Giant’s receivers, and in my mind that ended up being the difference.
My MVP ballot:
- Eli Manning
- Steve Weatherford
- Justin Tuck
Here’s my game notes:
- The Patriots went away from the run too much. When they ran the ball, the Giants pass rush wasn’t nearly as effective. Had they ran the ball more, it would have made it easier on Brady.
- The Patriots receivers are a joke. Ochocinco and Branch were fairly worthless, so without a healthy Gronkowski the Patriots offense really stumbled.
- The Giant’s pass rush disappeared at times, but showed up when it was needed. Justin Tuck had a much bigger game than what will show up at on the stat sheet.
- You can’t say enough about how well Giant’s punter Steve Weatherford played. Yes, his name is on my MVP ballot. Get over it.
- That catch my Mario Manningham on that final drive was incredible. What an amazing throw and catch. Thats they type of highlight you’ll be seeing for years to come. Really was this game’s signature moment.
- Bradshaw’s attempt to stop at the goalline before scoring was a really head’s up play. I know he didn’t get his momentum stopped, and it worked out in the end, but it’s not often that you see playing recognize that kind of situation in the moment.
- The fact that the Patriot got the ball back with a minute left and couldn’t move the ball past midfield tells you all you need to know about the Giant’s defense today.