If only he could have made that play 11 months ago in Glendale, Ariz.
But congrats to Samuel and the Eagles. Good luck against the Cardinals next week.
Tag:Super Bowl XLII
Posted on: January 11, 2009 5:42 pm
Posted on: February 2, 2008 1:37 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2008 1:39 pm
So yesterday CBSSports.com video coordinator/jack of all trades/generally good guy Eric Kay asked me and desk neighbor Sid Saraf to come up with some Super Bowl predictions for something called the 'mobile site' (I think he made that up to make it look like he does more work).
Since this 'mobile site' doesn't really exist and nobody will ever get to see this, here are my predictions for Super Bowl XLII:
Posted on: January 27, 2008 7:54 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2008 7:55 pm
This was bound to happen, with the Patriots overwhelming favorites to win Super Bowl XLII.
Pundits, experts, insipid TV 'talent' -- they all start talking themselves into crazy things like the Giants winning the Super Bowl. They cite New York's 10 straight road victories, an NFL record only because the Patriots (ahem, 8-0 on the road this season) were too good to have to play away from Foxborough in the playoffs.
Then it's on to momentum, like an 18-game winning streak doesn't build a little momentum. And claiming that because the Giants 'stayed close' and 'hung with' the Patriots in Week 17, that gives New York some kind of inside track to defeating New England. I doubt Tom Coughlin was telling his players that after the game, and he probably isn't saying that this week. He knows a loss is a loss, and that the Patriots learned just as much as the Giants did in that game, making it a non-issue.
Another popular talking point this weekend is that the Patriots have forgotten what it's like to lose. That couldn't be further from the truth. It is precisely because of last year's loss to the Colts in the AFC Championship Game that the Pats are putting together a historic season. Much like the '72 Dolphins used their defeat in the previous year's Super Bowl to the Cowboys as motivation for their perfect season, the Pats do not want to walk off the field as the defeated team this year. That, and the game highlighted weakness that the Patriots fixed in the offseason with the additions of Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte' Stallworth and Adalius Thomas, not to mention having Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau healthy for the entire season.
Do not let the talk fool you. The Patriots are the first NFL team to reach 18-0, and get this close to 19-0, for a reason -- they are a great team on the verge of history. And the Giants are 13-6 for a reason as well -- they are a flawed team that caught fire at the right time to get this far.
I remember another team that won three straight playoff games on the road to reach a Super Bowl against one of the NFL's greatest teams of all-time. The result? Bears 46, Patriots 10. Maybe the Giants can keep it closer than that, but that's about it.
Posted on: January 21, 2008 2:46 pm
I can understand if LaDainian Tomlinson was too hurt to play in the AFC Championship Game, and even applaud him for giving it a go before deciding his knee couldn't hold up. But you are a team leader, L.T., last year's MVP -- don't sit on the bench, hiding behind your Darth Vader visor. Become a cheerleader, talk to your backups that are carrying your load.
The Chargers can blame injuries for their defeat, but instead it should go to the offensive line. When San Diego got within striking distance of the end zone, they couldn't run and Philip Rivers didn't have enough time to find open receivers. Blame the offense that couldn't get any more out of three Tom Brady interceptions than a couple of field goals. The defense did its job, but the offense couldn't close the deal.
As for the Patriots, winning a game where Brady plays that badly is a good sign. The defense kept the Chargers out of the end zone, Laurence Maroney carried the offense in the second half, and Kevin Faulk got the first downs when they needed them.
As for Nick Hardwick calling Richard Seymour dirty, maybe he should remember, as CBSSports.com National Columnist Mike Freeman did, that it was Hardwick who called his own Chargers dirty -- and meant it as a compliment. More of the same from the Chargers, who can't seem to give anyone credit after they lose.
Now it's on to New York vs. Boston, football edition. Not exactly Yankees-Red Sox, considering the Giants and Patriots only play once every four years. But it is another chance to oversaturate the rest of the country with coverage of teams from the Northeast.