(St. Louis, Mo) It’s time to break down the remaining teams. I’ll be ranking them based on quarterbacks, defenses, and head coaches. Once the dust has settled we should have the two teams that will face off in the Super Bowl. Let’s get to it!
I don’t know how anyone can argue that Tom Brady isn’t the best quarterback left in the playoffs. The way he picks apart defenses and commands his offense is just unbelievable. I also don’t think you can even make a case that Eli Manning doesn’t deserve to be second. He has a 6 TD’s against only 1 INT this post season, and has shown that he can be one of the best big game quarterbacks in the league. Alex Smith is 3rd over Flacco because of the way he led his team to victory over the Saints. On top of that I also think there are too many distractions for Joe Flacco, after Ed Reed opened his mouth, I think he’ll be trying to prove too much and that could cost his team.
The defensive units that will face off in the NFC Championship game are two of the best in the game. San Francisco shuts down the run better than any team I’ve seen this postseason. The New York Giants place an enormous amount of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, their front four may be the most dominant in the NFL. If not for the fact that the 49ers secondary has been getting torched this postseason, it would have been a push, but I give the edge to the Giants on defense. As far as the AFC teams go, the Ravens defense is old but still very good. They can get pressure on Brady and have a solid secondary with the ballhawk Ed Reed. The Pats meanwhile have the worst pass defense in the NFL, and at times just seem incapable of stopping anything on defense.
This was probably the hardest thing to evaluate. Bill Belichick is a mastermind and one of, if not the most intimidating man on the sidelines in the NFL. His teams come into games prepared and with a game plan that he won’t allow them to deviate from. He’s got a few rings and looks more than ready to return to the Superbowl this year, I won’t bet against him now. Tom Coughlin doesn’t get the respect he deserves. Since he took over in New York, the Giants have only won fewer than 8 games one time. He led the Giants to a Superbowl win over the Patriots in 2007 and has them poised to return to another one this year. I don’t know why people always put him on the hotseat, he gets results. Then we have the Harbaugh brothers. Neither have the lengthy tenures of Belicheck or Coughlin. They don’t have the playoff experience to fall back on either. But that doesn’t make them bad coaches. Jim has taken a 49ers franchise that wasn’t respected and turned them into a foe any opponent would be scared to face. Meanwhile his brother John took over in Baltimore and the Ravens, despite their age, haven’t missed a beat. The Harbaugh brothers are two of the games best coaches and I think it would cook to see them facing off in the Superbowl. With all of that said, I have to give the edge to New England’s Belichick, he just has too much experience to fall back on, not to mention a guy named Brady under center.
After looking at these four teams in depth, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, and giving them my vote of confidence it looks like Super Bowl XLI be: New England Patriots vs New York Giants.
Take it or leave it, those are my votes of confidence.
Thanks for reading.