Patriots 40, Giants 17

The New York Giants scored the most points allowed by the New England Patriots this season in a 38-35 loss in the last regular season game. They led by 12 points in the second half; they beat three division winners in the NFC playoffs to reach the Super Bowl; they’ve won 10 straight road games, and the Super Bowl is NOT in Giants Stadium.

Those are the main reasons that the Giants could win Super Bowl XLII. That and another breakout game by Plaxico Burress, who’s been hampered by injuries this week.

Here are the reasons why the Patriots could win:

  • The best offense since the 1998 Vikings, a team that featured a rookie wide receiver named Randy Moss.
  • Moss excels in the spotlight. Remember his ’98 performance on Monday Night Football against the Packers at Lambeau Field and his Thanksgiving Day celebration against the Cowboys?
  • A defense that held 13 of 18 opponents to 20 points or less.
  • Super Bowl experience, led by Tom Brady and Mike Vrabel, who have three rings already.
  • A confident Lawrence Maroney, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in two playoff games.
  • A motivation to complete the perfect 19-0 season.
  • The stadium in Arizona.

That last one counts a lot. The weather forecast is for mid-50s with rain and win at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The stadium has a retractable roof, so the weather inside will be beautiful. Balmy. No wind. Perfect lighting.

The Patriots averaged 40 points per game before the winds and cold of December hit. They still won all their games, but the contests were suddenly close. Weather played a role in that, but weather will not be a problem Sunday.

Thus the predicted score. Patriots 40, Giants under 20.

History is completed Sunday in Arizona.

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