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An upset and a no-brainer

November 30, 1999|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Correspondent

The final week of the playoffs have finished and two teams are left standing. The New York Giants upset the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers.

The best game this week was the New York at Green Bay game. Going into the game, with the temperature at 1 degree below zero, the weather was expected to be a big factor. But the Giants and the Packers had a heated match, trading the lead back and forth. At the end of the fourth quarter, the score was tied, 20-20, and the game went into overtime. Giants field goal kicker Lawrence Tynes missed two attempts in the fourth quarter. But he was sent out to attempt the game-winning field goal after an interception of Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre. Tynes' kick was good and the Giants advanced to their first Super Bowl since 2000.

I correctly predicted the Patriots would beat the Chargers (New England won, 21-12). But I had picked Green Bay to beat New York. So I went 1-1 with my picks this week (37-33 for the season).

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For Super Bowl XLII, I predict that the Patriots will win. The Giants might have a 10-game road-win streak, but the Patriots have stayed undefeated and they have more offensive weapons than the Giants.

And I'm going to predict this year's Super Bowl MVP. Last year, Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning won the MVP. This year, I think it's going to be Patriots receiver Randy Moss. Moss has had many games where he has been spectacular, and he has broken records. Moss also has proven that he can make a catch in almost any situation. He's a shoo-in for MVP.

So, after two weeks of hype, we can finally sit and watch the final game of the season.

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