Super Bowl Predictions: Day 2.........
Super Bowl Prediction Story: Part Two
Scott Serrano: ESPN.com: “Giants 27-20. Giants' pass rush once again too much for Brady. Deja Blue!”
G-Men 1, Pats 0
Geoff Fox: Fox 61 Weatherman: “Pats, 28-17.”
G-Men 1, Pats 1
Joe Paladino: Republican American Sports Writer: “Giants 35, Patriots 20 - Manning schools Brady and the Brats, er, Pats. Giants pass rush keeps Tom from being terrific.”
G-Men 2, Pats 1
Zach Schebell: Former Torrington High School football standout: “ I think that the Patriots are going to come out with the win, they've looked sharp in the playoffs and nobody can seem to stop their passing offense. Even though Gronk is still a little shaky I think that he will have 2 td catches and the Patriots will win, 35-21”
G-Men 2, Pats 2
Jennifer Royals: Freelance photographer: “I say the Giants are going to win, 30-20. Because if they can beat the Packers, they should be able to beat anyone!”
G-Men 3, Pats 2
Brian Campbell: ESPN Boxing: "Patriots 35, Giants 24. Tom Brady understands history and his potential place in it as much as anyone in the game. Four years ago was an aberration in many ways and 'the one that got away' for both Brady and Bill Belichick. Brad will NOT miss a second opportunity to pull even historically with the likes of Joe Montana. This will be HIS game and HIS moment against one of the strongest, most consistent defenses of the modern era."
G-Men 3, Pats 3
Gerry DeSimas: Connecticut Wrestling Online: “Giants 27, Patriots 24. Why? Better defense.”
G-Men 4, Pats 3
Tony Turina: Former THS boys basketball coach: “Grew up watching Sam Huff, Rosie Greer, Kyle Rote, etc. etc... How could I not root for the York Giants. Looking forward to seeing a great game with two great teams, two great coaches and two great quarterbacks. If not for the Giants, I would be rooting for the Patriots. Love it.... Giants 34-31.”
G-Men 5, Pats 3
Dale Jones: WZBG Morning Host: “Though I’m a Pats fan, I’m predicting the Giants will win by 7. Big blue will win because the Patriots defense will be unable to contain the air attack. Brady will not be able to muster enough offensive points to stay ahead of Manning and company. Giants by 7. (hate to say…)”
G-Men 6, Pats 3
Mario Longobucco: Torrington girls soccer coach: “34-27 Pats. I believe the Giants are the better team, but I think the revenge factor for the Super Bowl loss and this year's regular season loss to the Giants, will give the Patriots the extra motivation to win. Also, Belichick is awesome when given the extra week to prepare, although that reputation was built when he had better personnel. either way, I'm going to eat a lot.”
G-Men 6, Pats 4
Rick Wilson: Litchfield County Sports.com: “Patriots 27, Giants 24.I hope I‘m wrong. This is more of a pick out of fear as Giant fan. I like the way the Giants are playing and I think they are just as talented as the Patriots. But, I’ve heard too many people picking the Giants and that gets me worried. The Giants are playing so well you almost worry that the bubble is going to burst. You start thinking can the Giants do it twice in a row. Can the Giants beat the Patriots twice in one year? The sportswriter in me likes the Giants. But, I’m watching this one as a fan and I tend to run scared. So I’m all in for Big Blue but the fan in me is throwing a fearful pick for the Patriots. I won't be surprised if the Giants win and I won't be disappointed if the pick is wrong. If I was a betting man, the only thing I'd have left is my Little League trophy. Everything else would be long gone.”
G-Men 6, Pats 5
Jonathan Wilson: (Son of Wilson) “G-Men 21-17. The Giants defense is not going to let Brady score his usual 25 points. The Pats defense is not going to be great, but Eli isn’t going to have a great game. I think Manning throws two interceptions and Jacob fumbles once. But, Brady throws a pick or two and someone fumbles for the Patriots. In the end the Giant D is better and they will step up.”
G-Men 7, Pats 5
Francesco Graziano: CPTV: “I am a 49ers fan first, but I enjoy watching Eli Manning at QB. Mainly because he has finally shown an ability to provide positive reinforcement to his players during the game. He stands confident and tall in the pocket better than at any point in his career, delineating himself from the turnover prone slinger we used to know. The weapons he now has in the receiving corps will devastate a weak New England secondary.Tom Brady is so deadly because his outstanding offensive line gives him ample time every down to make the play. He is going up against an elite pass rush containing Justin Tuck and JPP. Expect pressure, pressure, pressure, and some more pressure on Super Bowl Sunday. The Pick: I expect the Giants to lead this game the whole way. Pats score a late TD to make the score-line closer. NYG wins 27-23 to become four-time Super Bowl champions.”
G-Men 8, Pats 5
Gary Robinson: Western CT, Torrington HS State Championship team, 2006: “I think the Giants will take it this year. Eli is blossoming into an elite quarterback. He has good weapons around him with Cruz, Nicks while Bradshaw has been grinding out tough yards on the ground all year. If the Giants defense can keep Brady from marching down the field in his hurry-up spread formation then they will walk away with a 31-24 victory.”
G-Men 9, Pats 5
John Nestor: Freelance Sports Writer: “Here's a prediction, as an Eagles fan, this Super Bowl is going to be a living hell for me Sunday. One of the Eagles' arch enemies, the Giants, resurrecting its season just in time to make a second Super Bowl in four seasons is really tough to take. Throw in the Patriots, who edged the Eagles in Philadelphia's last appearance in the game, a long seven years ago, and it makes it only worse. I'd like both teams to lose, but that won't happen, so here are what I think are the keys and a prediction.New England has to protect Brady from New York's front four. The Giants' ability to generate a pass rush without having to blitz has been a key to their defenses improvement down the stretch of the season. They will need to get pressure on Tom Brady with the front four to drop 7 and take away Brady's options in the passing game. On the flip side, New England's defense - which has improved lately - needs to contain the Giants wide receivers, who have been dangerous in the playoffs. I would expect both quarterbacks to play pretty well, Brady is looking for his fourth Super Bowl win while Eli Manning continues to emerge from big brother Peyton's shadow and could surpass him with a second Super Bowl title. I just have the feeling Eli will do something head scratching, which he has been known to do, and it may take just one mistake to turn the tide in what appears to be a toss-up of a game. The Patriots have won three Super Bowls and each one was by three points. I think they'll pull out No. 4 by the same margin, 23-20. “
G-Men 9, Pats 6
Kim Gelada (Gaffney daughter): “I don't know who will win but since we are a New York family, I am going with the Giants .”
G-Men 10, Pats 6
Magdalena Wronska: Frito Lay: “27 - 24 Pats win... gut instinct”
G-Men 9. Pats 7
Patrick Tiscia: Litchfield County Sports.com: “OK, I'll be the one to ask it: Are the Patriots the luckiest team to ever reach the Super Bowl? They have only one more win than the Jets did against teams that finished with a winning record. That number? A measly one, which would have never happened if Lee Evans just squeezed the ball for Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game. In the divisional round, New England played perhaps the worst team in history in Denver ever to make it that far. Not exactly the most impressive run to glory.
As for the Giants, it can be argued the last two teams they beat in Green Bay and the 49ers are significantly better than New England. One would think then that this should be an easy win, especially considering they scored 24 points in the second half without Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeen Nicks, who are now healthy, to beat New England on the road in Week 9. But it never is. Eli is due for a pick-six and I expect the one he will throw will make Sunday a lot harder than it should be for the Giants, who are more built to play in a dome than the swirling winds of MetLife Stadium.
They will win, with some anxious moments, of course. Giants 31, Patriots 21.”
G-Men 10, Pats 7.
Timothy W. Gaffney: Litchfield County Sports.com and a Jets fan: "That last statement should negate anything that follows because I obviously have no clue based on my choice of Franchises to follow. That said, I’ll give it a throw and see what sticks.As a Jet fan, anything Brady is off limits. Trouble is, kind of like it is with Derek Jeter of the hated Yankees, it’s hard not to respect the body of work the guy has put up over his time in New England. Not bad for a guy who was kind of an afterthought when he was drafted way down the list, unlike Eli Manning. If Brady had thrown six touchdowns two weeks ago against Ray Lewis and the Ravens, I would feel better about the Giants chances.He doesn’t seem to have consecutive bad games too often.That being said, if the G-Men’s defensive front line continues to perform at the high level they have been since the Washington debacle late in the season, Brady will be looking up at the dome of Lucas Oil Stadium more often than not.Manning, who still looks like he would have his ID checked at the airport bar, just seems to get better as the game goes along and you wonder of this is his time to raise the family bar another level with a second Super Bowl ring. Revenge is a strong motivator, I think it may just be the difference in this one."
Final Score: Patriots 34, Giants 23.
G-Men 12, Pats 8
Final two day totals: G-Men 26, Pats 14
Is this number a certain kiss of death for the Giants? Time will tell.
I want to thank all those who took part in this story. It was great to read how into this game Litchfield County is.
Don’t forget the chips……..