Super Bowl XLVI predictions

      February 4, 2012 @ 17:03:45 PDT


If you don't know the story by now, you've been living under a rock the past two weeks.


Will Tom Brady haul in more Super Bowl hardware this weekend?

Super Bowl XLVI is finally upon us. We've had to survive two weeks of endless media coverage, but it's finally time to put all of the drama behind us as the New England Patriots and New York Giants are about to take the field.

These two teams present a very interesting matchup, as they play to each other's strengths and weaknesses quite well. I have found it interesting how many people seem to be sure the Giants will be the victor; that was the overwhelming favorite during our polling of guests this past week on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio (check us out Tuesday through Thursday from 10 p.m. ET - 1 a.m. ET on Sirius 210 and XM 87).

Super Bowl XLVI Player Predictions

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick remembers that having a strong running game in the playoffs leads to Super Bowl victories and heavily relies on running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead. The Law Firm rushes 19 times for 76 yards and a touchdown while Woodhead chips in 60 yards of total yardage. Using the running backs early and often will quickly make the strong pass rush of the G-Men a non-factor, allowing Brady to have time to find his talented tight ends and pick apart the New York secondary.

While Eli Manning has played at an elite level during the playoffs and been smart with the football, the team's aggressive style of pushing the ball downfield in offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's offense bites him in the tail to the tune of two interceptions.

Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who was invisible all season, is not only active for the game but he catches two passes, including a 50-plus yard touchdown reception. He tweets about it non-stop following the game.

Despite all of the media attention given to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's ankle, Gronk and his ankle are just fine. He catches six balls for 90 yards and a score.

Giants running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combine to rush for less than 100 yards during the game.

Hakeem Nicks leads the Giants in receptions and yardage, as the Patriots focus on shutting down the big-plays from Victor Cruz during the game. Mario Manningham catches three passes and finds the end zone for Big Blue.

As if Tom Brady's life couldn't get any better, he takes home Super Bowl MVP honors when he doesn't turn the ball over and passes for 330 yards and two scores.

Super Bowl XLVI Prediction

In yet another close Super Bowl, the Patriots pull off a nail biter with a 24-21 victory over the Giants.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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