Super Bowl Matchup: New York Giants @ New England Patriots/In Indianapolis
Ravens @ Patriots (Patriots won 23-20)
The Patriots dominated the beginning of the game, but the Ravens picked up the pace. Joe Flacco had a fantastic game even though he receives a truckload of criticism at a consistent basis. But the Tom Brady-led Pats were too much for Baltimore, and managed the game.
With under twenty seconds to play in regulation, Flacco threw a beauty to WR Lee Evans, but Patriots CB Sterling Moore knocked it away. K Billy Cundiff lined up for a 32-yard chipshot to tie the game, but pushed it wide right. Those two plays ended Baltimore’s bright season dramatically.
Cundiff and Lee are acquiring all the blame for the Ravens’ loss. Baltimore played their hearts out against a supreme powerhouse with a future Hall-of-Fame Quarterback and Head Coach. But what mattered was the final score, and New England now gets a chance to go to Disney World.
Giants @ 49ers (Giants won 20-17 F/OT)
The 49ers were the team to beat in the NFC after the Saints and Packers were eliminated. Ironically, the Saints were beat by the Niners, meanwhile the Pack were beaten by the Giants.
In the sloppy mud and rain, Eli Manning threw for well over 300 yards. Manning was clutch when it mattered most. The Niners, however, were not. WR/RS Ted Ginn Jr. was injured and couldn’t play, so 23-year-old Kyle Williams was to replace his duties on special teams and partially on offense. Twice Williams muffed the punt, and both times Big Blue got the ball in Niners territory. His first muff gave the Giants the lead, and the second gave them the ball in Field Goal range during Overtime, which set up the G-Men win.
New York took advantage of Williams’s crucial errors, and turned them into a Super Bowl berth.