Believe me, as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I have no love for the Patriots. Tom Brady has foiled my beloved black and gold more times than I care to remember.
So I am not going to be a happy camper around 10:30 PM ET on Sunday night, because I'm going to be watching hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the fourth time. (Click here to hear why the Giants will win.)
Don't get me wrong. The Giants are good. I know they beat Brady and Company in Super Bowl XLII. And I know they beat Brady and Company in October.
But the thing is, this time around, Brady won't be caught off-guard. Leading up to Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots spent most of their time prepping their fourth fingers for the shiny new rings they'd be getting. They didn't suspect that the Giants would essentially be filling their defensive line with a bunch of fast guys rather than a bunch of big guys. The New England o-line couldn't handle the Giants' speed, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan spent all game playing pig pile on Brady, and the rest is history.
This time, the Pats will be ready. I expect Brady, the best big-game quarterback in NFL history, to lead the Pats to 35-plus points. The rest will be up to the New England D. And while they're certainly not good, they're improving. They did a nice job containing Eli Manning for the majority of the teams' October meeting. They can afford to give up 30 points or so. Brady will carry them to the win.
So I'll just say it now: Congratulations Patriots. As long as Tom Brady shows up, you're going to be Super Bowl XLVI champions!