We are just about 4 hours away from kickoff and soon Mando "the Monster" and I will be dissecting the Giants and Patriots ad nauseum from Super Crunchtime at King's X. If you have been listening to me for the last two weeks, I have been predicting the New York Giants to win tonight's game in Indianapolis. Personally, I would like to see it because I do not like New England head coach Bill Belicheck. As a Jets fan, I have not forgiven him for abandoning them after one day as head coach to take over the rival Patriots in 2000. Personal feelings aside, I do think this Giants team is better than the 2007 version, and this Patriots team is worse than the 2007 edition. That season, these two teams met in Phoenix for Super Bowl XLII, which the Giants wwon in dramatic fashion 17-14. I do expect this year's rematch to be a higher scoring affair, but the Giants have some advantages over their AFC opponent. 

1. New York's defensive line has played well in the playoffs and should get to Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady. If that happens, the Giants' defense could force a few errant throws by Brady and capitalize with costly turnovers.

2. The Giants offense is a much improved version from the 2007 team. Quarterback Eli Manning has been very good all year, and his receiving weapons are the best he's had since he arrived in New York 7 years ago. The Giants offensive line will try and give Manning enough time to connect with Hakim Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Mario Manningham. If Manning has a big game, the Giants will be tough to stop.

3. Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin is one of the more underrated head coaches in the NFL. Despite winning a Super Bowl and repeatedly taking the Giants to the playoffs, it seems like Coughlin is always under fire in New York. His players respect him, always play hard, and Coughlin often gets the most out of his team. The problem is every season, the Giants seem to have lapses where they play down to weaker competition. However, more often than not, Coughlin is able to right the ship and get his team back to playing Giants football. This season was no different. 

Final Prediction: Giants 27 Patriots 23

Super Bowl MVP: Eli Manning