BOSMA'S BREAKDOWN

“Be honest. Do you really care about Super Bowl XLII? I haven’t heard this many people tell me they aren’t going to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday in my life. Yet, I understand why. The media coverage of this game has been out of control, and beyond annoying.”

Be honest. Do you really care about Super Bowl XLII?

I haven’t heard this many people tell me they aren’t going to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday in my life.

Yet, I understand why.

The media coverage of this game has been out of control, and beyond annoying.

There is no reason to discuss Tom Brady’s boot on his foot 3,000 times during one airing of Sportscenter. Multiply that by the 10 straight episodes and what are you left with? Insanity.

I have been obsessed with watching ESPN since I stopped watching cartoons on Saturday mornings long ago.

My dedication to the world-wide leader is my own fault though, and I can’t blame anyone but myself for having to see Brady’s boot so many times.

But that doesn’t make it right, and neither does saying you won’t watch the Super Bowl.

Because, let’s be honest, you’ll watch. There will be nothing else on TV and as much as the nation hates the Patriots (or any other dynasty for that matter), it’s intriguing and historic that a professional football team may go undefeated.

As the days have gone by, I went from thinking that the Patriots were going to destroy the Giants to believing that it will actually be a good game.

When comparing the two teams, the differences out-weigh the similarities by far.

So how do the Giants win? Like this:

Defense

Constant pressure on Brady is an absolute must. The Giants must disguise blitz’s and run stunts on the defensive line to confuse the Pat’s offense.

The Patriots have enough offensive weapons to create huge mis-matches for the Giants. If Brady has too much time to dink and dunk passes to his outlet receivers, the Giants have no hope.

The new Eli

Eli Manning hasn’t thrown an interception in the playoffs yet. Sunday would be the worst time to start. With confidence, Manning has proven he can be an elite quarterback in the NFL, but once he’s rattled, it’s over.

Manning has to rely on strong performances from Plaxico Burress and tight end Kevin Boss. Boss has the ability to out-run the aging Patriot’s linebackers and help spread the field.

Keep Eli on his feet and the passing game will open up accordingly.

Run to pass

Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw have to be integral factors in the offense if the Giants intend to be competitive. By establishing a running game, the Giants will open up the airways. The run must set up the pass in order to buy Manning time to throw the ball.

With a successful running game, the Giants will be able to manage the clock and keep the Pat’s offense off the field.

In the end, it will take the game of the century from the Giants to take down arguably the best team of all time, the 2007-08 Patriots.

I just don’t see it happening

24-17 Patriots over Giants.