The Super Bowl teams have been decided. Early Sunday (Jan. 22), the New England Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a rather heartbreaking fashion for Ravens’ fans (or just Pats haters, who number plenty too). Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal at the end of the game that would have tied the score. But instead Tom Brady and his Patriots are headed to Super Bowl XLVI.
In the late game, the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers took the game to overtime tied at a mere 17 points apiece. Halfway through the overtime period, the Giants won on a 31-yard field goal.
So the Harbaugh Super Bowl is not to be – brothers John Harbaugh (head coach of the Ravens) and Jim Harbaugh (head coach of the 49ers) will not be facing off in the championship.
Instead, it is a rematch of Super Bowl XLII in 2008, where the heavily-favored New England Patriots came into the game 18-0 and were upset by the New York Giants. The Giants were trailing 14-10 with less than three minutes to go when fairly green quarterback Eli Manning marched his team down the field to score a touchdown with 35 seconds left on the clock. The drive included an impossibly good catch by David Tyree. It was a remarkable win.
Now they’ll face off again, the 16-2 New England Patriots versus the 12-7 New York Giants. The Pats should once again be favored, but maybe the Giants can pull off another remarkable upset.