Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Super Bowl 46 in my final edition of the 2011-2012 NFL weekly thoughts blog here at the CCB!
– Kudos to the NFL on delivering on another amazing Super Bowl and another amazing season. This is why the NFL is the best sport in the United States!
– If Eli Manning isn’t considered an elite QB now then you need to hand in your NFL fan card immediately. He came up huge, yet again, and led the New York Giants to their 2nd Super Bowl in 4 years. He continues to step up when it counts most and is never rattled. He is a complete gamer, amazing how much he has grown into his own throughout his career.
– The Giants top to bottom was the better fundamentally sound football team. They kept the pressure on Brady all game; they never got mentally behind and were in it no matter what the score was. The pass to Mario Manningham was historic and the drive was legendary. This team had the momentum and finished the season strong; at the end of the day they had the heart of a champion and earned that title at Super Bowl 46.
– I truly believe we are seeing the slow end of the era of dominance in New England. Every sports franchise goes through it and I believe we are now seeing it with the Patriots after they lost their third straight game against the Giants, two of which were in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is still a dominant quarterback don’t get me wrong but unlike other franchises we are seeing this one unravel slowly rather then fast like other teams in various other sports go through.
– I was never a complete believer in the Patriots this season. I believed the AFC was weak and their schedule to end the season was even weaker. They were still a great team but were never “battle tested” like the Giants were to close out the season. Now going through that affects a team greatly and I believe we saw that with New England to close out the year.
– Will the Patriots be in the Super Bowl again under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick? I certainly won’t bet against them but time is not on their side anymore either. This team will be under a microscope next season on whether or not the seams are slowly threading away in New England. This loss will be a tougher pill to swallow then Super Bowl 42 when they were going for perfection.
Jeff Peck is the producer for the “Wheelhouse Radio” program that airs every Sunday at www.wheelhouseradio.com.
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