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One for the ages: a quick guide to Super Bowl XLVI

Gridiron at its finest, explained!
by Gelo Gonzales | Feb 4, 2012
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For those who don't pay too much attention to American football, Super Bowl Sunday isn't as hyped up and exciting as the NBA Finals. But if you know your football and how popular it is, there's no denying that this game is hands-down the most watched sporting event in the calendar year. The numbers itself are staggering: Super Bowls generate an average of 80-90 million viewers at any given time. Last year's event drew a record for 111 million viewers, making it the most watched television broadcast in US history. 

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Besides the football, which obviously is the highlight of the entire spectacle, Super Bowls have also become synonymous in the advertising industry as the most important day in the calendar year. With the staggering number of viewers it generates, companies pay in the millions of dollars just to earn one 30-second spot at anytime during the Big Game.
Super Bowl 46 will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts, and you better believe that we're going to get a game that will be as hotly contested as any Super Bowl game we've seen in recent history.
So to quote one of the great football quotes in history, we beg to ask this simple question leading up to Super Bowl 46 this Sunday (Monday morning here in the Philippines):

Are YOU ready for some football?

The Protagonists

Representing the American Football Conference are the New England Patriots led by head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Together, the two won three Super Bowl titles in the last decade, entrenching themselves as NFL royalty. The latter, in particular, is as famous for his football greatness as he is for being the husband of no less than supermodel Giselle Bundchen. Led by these two sure-fire Hall of Famers, the Patriots are as explosive as any team in the league and with weapons like wide receiver Wes Welker and tight ends Rob Growkowski and Aaron Hernandez, you can expect an aerial show touchdowns whenever they take the field.

On the flip side is the National Football Conference Champions, the New York Giants. Despite not having the glitz and glamour that's attached to Tom Brady, Giants quarterback Eli Manning is as elite as his counterpart, having already won his own Super Bowl championship against - you guessed it - Brady and the Patriots. Manning is flanked by a bruising duo of running backs in Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs while also having the benefit of arguably the best wide receiver corps. in Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz.


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Who's Got The Edge?
The Patriots are currently listed as favorites by oddsmakers (-3) but if you really look closely at how these two teams have fared in the playoffs so far, it's that team from the Big Apple that has all the momentum in the world. Not only did the Giants depose of a very good Atlanta Falcons team in the wild card round, but they parlayed that performance with equally convincing wins against the defending champions, the Green Bay Packers, and the surprise team of the season, the San Francisco 49ers.
On the flip side, the New England Patriots have had a tougher time getting the Super Bowl. While they easily disposed of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round - Brady threw an NFL record six touchdowns in the first half of that game - they had a tougher time in the AFC Championship round against the tough-as-nails Baltimore Ravens, a game where Brady openly admitted to being the "worst game of his career" after throwing two interceptions while posting a goose egg in the touchdown column.
If you're looking exclusively at momentum, the Giants are the clear choice. But as is with sports, there's more to it than just who's playing better heading into the game. And if there's one thing that football has taught us, momentum doesn't mean shit as soon as the whistles blow and the contact gets real.

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