February 6, 2012
I predicted that the New England Patriots would win their fourth Superbowl last night. However as that game went on it became abundantly apparent that the New York Giants are simply the better football team. Eli Manning is able to match Tom Brady and the rest of the Giants are just more talented than the rest of the Patriots. In order for the Patriots to win, they had to play their best game and they simply didn’t do that. They missed too many opportunities and the ball didn’t bounce their way. It’s a hard one to take for Patriot fans because the chances were there for New England to win this game, but they left too many plays on the field. They simply didn’t make enough plays and ended walking away empty handed. Despite the Giants obvious edge the Patriots still had multiple opportunities to put that game away, they just didn’t do it.
From a New England fan’s perspective this game all boils down to bad bounces and missed opportunities. The Patriots recovered a fumble in the first quarter but had it negated by a 12 men on the field penalty. The Giants scored a few plays later. New York fumbled twice more, but the ball just bounced right back to them. The Patriots had a 17-9 lead at the beginning of the third quarter and had numerous opportunities to extend it, but they never did. They didn’t make the plays and they didn’t get the bounces. Tom Brady was pretty good, but he wasn’t quite good enough. The defense was pretty good, but not quite good enough. Overall the Patriots played decent, but they had numerous opportunities to put that game away and they didn’t do it. They didn’t make the plays.
Tom Brady threw an ill advised fourth quarter interception, but he had to figure that Rob Gronkowski going up for a jump ball against Chase Blackburn was a matchup the Patriots would take everyday. The injured Gronk just couldn’t make the play. The Patriots stopped the Giants on the ensuing possession, but Rob Ninkovich was offsides allowing the drive to continue. Wes Welker had the ball in his hands for a catch that could have sealed the game, but he didn’t bring it in. In the end Mario Manningham made a play, and Wes Welker didn’t. The Giants made the plays that the Patriots didn’t. The Patriots let it slip away.
The Patriots still had a shot down by four with under a minute to go, but Tom Brady’s pass was just a tiny big behind Deion Branch. That, coupled with a few key Patriot drops, doomed them. They didn’t get the breaks and they didn’t make the plays. It’s frustrating for a Pats fan because it’s not like the Giants went out and beat them. The opportunities were there for them to win the game. They just didn’t do it. In the end the better team won, but it didn’t have to be like that. The Patriots came a long way this year, and no one thought they were going to make it this far. However, after having so many things bounce their way over the course of the year, it didn’t happen on Superbowl Sunday. The best team won but for a Patriot fan it’s a tough one to swallow. They could have, and probably should have, won that game. They just didn’t do it.