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Super Bowl expected to be rematch worth watching

Trey Colley, Sports Writer

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    Super Bowl XLVI features a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.  In the 2008 matchup, the Giants crushed the hopes of the 17-0 Patriots.  The 2008 Patriots team had a chance to be the first undefeated team since Dan Marino’s 1974 Miami Dolphins, but because of their defeat they have been thirsting for revenge and will have a chance for it Sunday, Feb. 5, at 6:30.  So, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady take on Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning again.
    The Giants are the underdogs in this match, because they came in to the postseason as the NFC East winners and ran the table in one of the toughest course of games ever.  They defeated the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers on the way to the big game. 
    The Patriots (16-3) had a somewhat easier route.  After a first round bye, they destroyed Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos, and then beat the Baltimore Ravens in a close game won by a field goal.  Eli Manning will lead the Giants (12-7) along with top running back Ahmad Bradshaw, undrafted phenomenon Victor Cruz and a beast of a defensive-line in Jason Pierre-Paul and Usi Umenyiora.  On the other hand Tom Brady leads the explosive air assault of the Pats offense with incredible wide-outs Wes Welker, and tight-ends Aaron Hernandez, and a questionable Rob Gronkowski. 
    Many sports analysts question the toughness of New England’s defense, and predict that Manning, along with the Giant’s receiving core will try to exploit the hole in the Pat’s secondary.  The game will be sure to get a high television rating because of the history between the teams, and hopefully the game will live up to the hype the media has created. 
    This will be the first Super Bowl hosted by Indianapolis in the Lucas Oil Stadium.  The National Anthem will be sung by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, and the halftime show will be performed by Madonna.  Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth will call the game on NBC.

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Super Bowl expected to be rematch worth watching