Congrats to “Elite” Eli Manning
2012 Super Bowl 46 Champion and Game MVP
Congrats to “Elite” Eli Manning
2012 Super Bowl 46 Champion and Game MVP
The Giants receivers played unstoppable football in a 21-17 victory over the Patriots
-Manning impressed completing 75% of his passes and was stunning on 3rd downs. Well deserving of the games MVP
-Bradshaw ran physically averaging 4.2 yards a carry.
-Nicks name was called often as he caught 10 balls
-Brady must feel awful after loosing to Manning not once but twice, however he played pretty well and should get one more shot at a super bowl sometime down the road.
-The Giants continued with their swag as the Patriots got off to a slow start with a safety on the first play of the opening possession.
-The Giants looked to me as a team that was destined to continue their roll as Eli Manning threaded the needle all day against a Patriots defense that kept the run in check.
-Gronkowski looked like a shadow of himself as his ankle must have been killing him later in the game. Hernandez and Welker played well however failed to execute the big play.
-The Patriots defense was led by Mayo and Spikes who combined for 22 total tackles.
-Boley led a Giants defense who continued to thrive as Tom Brady had to worry about pressure most of the evening.
-The Cruz chants were held to a minimum as he only caught 4 balls for 8 yards, he mainly acted as a decoy in order to spread out coverages and open up lanes for Manningham and Nicks who embarassed the Patriots secondary.
– Overall the game lived up to expectations as quality defense held two flashy offenses in check. The ending of the game was intense and easily could have been one of the greatest endings of all time if Brady somehow completed that last hail mary. Congrats to a New York Giants team that had an uncanny ability to thrive as the pressure rose. Eli Manning has cemented himself into the upper echelon of NFL Quarterbacks and can now be talked about in the same sentence as his older brother. The Giants have proved that records during the year don’t hold their value as they transformed from a team that was 7-7 into a team that peaked at all the right times and came through for a majority of the public who took the Giants as the trendy pick to cover a 3 point spread. From Atlanta into historic Lambeau, out to the west coast the Giants proved that going on the road once again can build the confidence needed to exceed in super situations.
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If your headed to Indianapolis I envy you. The crowds are beginning to arrive, and several parties are sure to grab and keep your attention. Athletes, Celebs, and pretty girls will be roaming around town all week ready to get their groove on and celebrate a great NFL season. The Super Bowl has become much more than a sporting event, as professionals from many different industries will flock to the midwest this week to have some fun and conduct business. Below is a list of some of the parties I’d consider if your feeling a little edgy this week. There a little expensive too, but hey I can dream can’t I?
– ESPN “Next” Party @ Corner of Oliver & S. Belmont Friday, Feb 3rd, 2012
– Leather and Laces Super Bowl Party @ Terrace Regions Bank Tower-
features Jenny Mccarthy, Carmen Electra, and JWoww on Friday, Feb 3rd and Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt on Saturday Feb, 4th, 2012
Ray Lewis is a very tough autograph. These specific cards were obtained years ago through a private signing in Miami, Florida. If you went up to Ray these days coming out of the stadium or walking through the airport Lewis wouldn’t sign. (Maybe if you’re a young kid. Maybe though). These are extremely difficult to find as this future Hall of Famer has been advised to keep his autographs to a minimum.
Over the past 16 seasons Lewis has been a constant in the Raven’s defense, compiling impressive stats and leading the team to a super-bowl victory versus the Giants in 2001. I am very proud to say I was there and to this day I remember the roar of the crowd as Lewis did his infamous dance coning out of the tunnel. Recognized as one of the best defensive players of the modern era and in NFL history, Lewis is a natural playmaker that intimidates opposing offenses with his ability to control the middle of the field. Although a bit older, Lewis makes up for his loss of a step, with his instincts, extreme physicality, and wreck less style. At 6’1” 250 lbs, Lewis’s size is not prototypical these days, but his experience adds to his arsenal of tricks, and his ability to stay relevant over the years. The team functions off of Lewis as he is a warrior on and off the field. Lewis often is in the right spot at the perfect time. Despite Lewis’s productive history the time for the Raven’s is now, and this teams chances may be running out due to the aging defense. Throughout his career Lewis has played in over 222 games, accounted for over 1999 tackles, 1514 solo tackles, 40.5 sacks, and an impressive 31 picks with 3 going for touchdowns.
The Raven’s secondary is also in lieu as Ed Reed has lost a step, however similar to that of Lewis remains a threat due to his ability to make huge plays. This season Reed accounted for 52 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 3 interceptions. Last week Reed had 6 tackles, and 1 pick to beat Houston 20-13.
Offensively, I’ve seen the Ravens sputter this year time to time, so this weekend they must bring their A game in order to compete with Brady and his arsenal of receivers. The jury is still out over Flacco as he threw 20 TD’s and 12 INT’s on the season with a completion percentage of 57.6%. Compared to the elite QB’s such as Brady and Rodgers this number is alarming. Against Houston, Flacco was solid, completing 14 passes on 27 attempts for 2 TD’s and 1 int. Good play must continue if the Ravens have any shot of a title this year. The Ravens must avoid performances like that against the Titans in week 3 (L 13-26), Jaguars in week 5 (L 7-12), the Seahawks in week 9 (L 17-22) and the Chargers in Week 13 (L 14-34). In all of these games combined Flacco went (88-156 56.4% for 815 yards with 5 td’s and 6int).
Ray Rice had an outstanding year averaging 4.7 yards a carry, rushing for 1,364 yards and scoring 12 different times. When the Raven’s lost Rice was neutralized as he only rushed for 156 yards over the 4 losses. In the passing game Rice additionally impressed, catching a ridiculous 76 balls and compiling another 704 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. After 4 years in the league Rice has established himself as a super productive back that should be entering the prime of his career in the coming years.
Nelson and Driver must continue to step up….
Again, I am pleasantly surprised as I received two Jordy Nelson cards and two Donald Driver cards back in the mail complete with signatures on the same day. Nelson an all-American country boy from Kansas and Driver a former car thief from Houston turned Packers receiving leader need to have stellar performances this weekend. As the Packers have dominated all year, I have a bit of an uneasy feeling about this weekend. Eli Manning and the Giants are coming into Lambeau field red hot and ready to revenge their 38-35 loss in week 13. The Giants defense is athletic, scary, and physical as Jason Pierre Paul and Justin Tuck both control the outside. Last meeting between them Rodgers threw for 369 yards, 4 TD’s and 1 INT and I am expecting a similar result this go around, however I do predict a better ground attack from the Packers. In the first meeting this season, Rodgers led the team in rushing with 32 yards. This time around, Grant and Starks must make the most of their touches in order to keep the Giants defense honest and take some pressure off of Rodgers.
If the Packers can establish a respectable running attack early, mix in some play action, the Giants secondary won’t be able to hold up the entirety of the game. At some point Jennings, Finley, Driver, Nelson or Jones will break down the coverage and go to the house. The Packers offensive line is a huge X-factor as the unit has been banged up the past few weeks. Extra time to prepare should be huge.
Bottom line: If someone is going to take down the Packers, the Giants are poised to do so. The Giants are comfortable in cold weather, have a formidable running attack and are led by quarterback that has been to the promise land before and won. Although anything is possible, the Packers did not go (15-1) because they are lucky. Their record shows they are a team with determination, high-octane offensive fire -power, and an opportunistic defense that refuses to give up excessive points. With plenty of time to prepare, Rodgers and the rest of the squad will come out on fire and take down the G-men, stopping Brandon Jacobs and forcing Eli Manning to press early. It should be a long day for Eli and to be honest I really hope it is.