The actual Super Bowl game looks to be a pretty good one. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE)

Prediction Time: Super Bowl Edition

It’s nearly time for kickoff after a week of Super Bowl hype. The New England Patriots and the New York Giants are all set to go for the Lombardi trophy and after going back and forth on my picks, I’m ready to go ahead and make my prediction for tonight’s game.

In my heart, I want the Giants to win. I really do like Eli Manning and I really don’t like the New England Patriots. I give that organization a ton of credit, they are by far the best run franchise in football. But I don’t like them.

On paper the Giants look to match up well. They rush the passer better than anyone, they are hot on the offensive end right now and they have historically been able to give Bill Belichick and his boys problems. I really am tempted to go with the G-Men.

But, I just can’t. Tom Brady is too motivated, too talented and too vindictive to lose to the Giants in the another Super Bowl. I don’t care what the Giants can do on offense or defense, unless they knock Brady out of the game I see him being able to pull it out.

Here’s where I’ll get a little crazy. I could see a scenario where the Patriots blow the Giants out. I’m not saying it’s likely but New England has the firepower and motivation to make it happen. For as much as Brady and Belichick said revenge wasn’t an issue, and it may not be for the team at large, it is for then. Belichick isn’t going to get out-coached nor will Brady get out-played. If they catch the Giants flat-footed they could easily jump out a few scores early and put the Giants backs to the wall.

I don’t think that’s likely though, I think we’ll see a very good game that will come down to the wire with both quarterbacks playing admirably. In some ways I could see it being similar to the Cardinals-Steelers Super Bowl where Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger both seemed poised to lead the game-winning drive (and basically did, though Big Ben did it last).

I just think Brady, through sheer force of will, finds a way to get his fourth ring. I have to go with the Patriots in a nail-biter.

Patriots 35, Giants 31

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