Tom Brady can join Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as only the third quarterback in NFL history to win four Super Bowls if he can lead his New England Patriots to a win over the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium today. Brady, who has 16 career postseason wins, would also pass Montana for most wins in the playoffs if he wins today. Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who is tied with his brother Peyton Manning for NFL titles, can one-up his big brother with a win today, doing so on Peyton’s home field.
But there is one standout difference for many others, and me. There are two Latinos vital to their teams’ success Sunday.On one side you have a superstar, a playmaker that burst onto the scene this season for the New York Giants – wide receiver Victor Cruz. On the other side you have an integral role player and possible show stealer Aaron Hernandez, a tight end for the New England Patriots.
This football rivalry might not reach the maniacal standards of Yankees-Red Sox simply because the cities’ roles seem to be reversed. The Patriots of Boston are often depicted as the NFL’s Evil Empire — you know, cheating Bill Belichick — while the New York Giants are more the homespun, family franchise. Even Belichick has a fondness for the Mara family, an organization that gave him his first big job, coordinating Bill Parcells’ defense back in the mid-1980s.
New Yorkers bathe in their cockiness. Which is odd for a city that enjoys the Knicks and the Mets. What, though, can one make of the fact that yesterday, the New York Giants Web site offered that the team was already Super Bowl champions? Yes, a full 24 hours before the game. It also encouraged the team’s faithful to snap up wonderful Super Bowl winning apparel and even a special custom Championship Badge with which to adorn their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Here are what the New England Patriots and New York Giants must do to pull off a Super Bowl victory today:First down: Giants must pressure Tom Brady, Brady’s skills as New England’s quarterback are no secret and the New York’s front four must find a way to disrupt this future Hall of Famer.
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