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The best Super Bowl I've seen

February 05, 2008|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Contributor

Super Bowl XLII is, from my point of view, hands down, the best Super Bowl I have ever seen. Both teams had great play, but only one could come out on top.

The Patriots and the Giants faced off in Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLII and for what was to be a rematch of week 17 of the regular season. The first quarter alone told viewers at home and those at the Super Bowl that the Giants were going to put up a fight. At the end of the quarter, the Giants were leading, 3-0.

The Patriots scored a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. After three quarters of play, the score was still 7-3, New England. The fourth quarter was the most exciting and nerve-racking quarter of football I've ever seen. Giants quarterback Eli Manning came out and drove his team down the field for a touchdown with 11:05 remaining in the fourth. Things began to look up for the Giants until the Patriots replied with a touchdown of their own.

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With less than a minute to go in the game, Manning stayed confident and managed to find wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the end zone to go ahead, 17-14. It turned out to be the game-winning touchdown. The Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

Happily, my prediction for the Super Bowl was wrong. That brings my season record to 37-34. I have only one more prediction to make: the Pro Bowl. I predict that the AFC will defeat the NFC again. For one thing, the AFC has many more weapons on offense and defense. Second, the NFC has quarterbacks who have been somewhat unsuccessful against the AFC.

Who would have thought the Giants would come up with the victory? I sure didn't. When the Giants were down by four and it was fourth down, I had a bad feeling about it. Then as quarterback Eli Manning appeared to be sacked, my heart sank. Suddenly, Manning burst out of the pile and threw a long pass to his receiver, David Tyree, who, impossibly, caught it.

That's when I knew Manning was going to be the MVP. He deserves it after all that he's been through. His team started 0-2 and finished 10-6 with a road streak of 7-1 during the regular season. That's definitely something worth bragging about.

Next week is the Pro Bowl, and then we wait until preseason NFL games begin in August. I can hardly wait.

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