It appears that 33% of our readers here possess some kind of clairvoyance, as they correctly predicted the matchup that we will get in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis two weeks from today. After two epic Conference Championship games, this year's champions will either be the New England Patriots or the New York Giants.
Man, the New York and Boston sports markets are finally going to get some attention. It's about time, too, isn't it?
Seriously, we got a pair of great games today that were, unfortunately, decided by errors. In the AFC game, Joe Flacco. . .who was dissected by pretty much everyone in the media all week. . .got the Baltimore Ravens into position for what looked like a chip shot field goal, but Billy Cundiff missed the kick about as badly as you can miss a kick from that distance, and the Patriots held on for a 23-20 victory.
We then got overtime in the NFC Championship Game in a game that had everything but John Facenda telling us about the sloppy conditions at Candlestick Park. The Giants and the San Francisco 49ers decided that punching each other in the mouth for four quarters just wasn't good enough, so they played overtime. Rookie Kyle Williams fielded a punt and had the ball stripped away deep in Niners territory, where the Giants recovered it. A few plays later, Lawrence Tynes came on and drilled a short field goal, and the Giants left victorious by a score of 20-17.
Couple interesting tidbits about the Giants. . .they are still undefeated in NFC Championship Games. They've been there five times, and they've won every single time. In addition, the road team only won two of the 10 games this NFL post-season. . .both of them coming courtesy of the Giants.
Some people are happy that they won't have to hear the hype about an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl for two weeks. Instead, we'll have to settle for 27 million replays of David Tyree's catch, talk about Gisele Whatshername and all the other gorgeous women Tom Brady has dated, an unlimited number of Peyton/Eli comparisons, a look back at "Spygate," a recap of how many times Tom Coughlin has been on the hot seat and/or been rumored to be all but fired, and Bill Simmons being (even more) completely insufferable.
Among other things. That's just what I came up with off the top of my head.
But, there's one more game left in the 2011-12 NFL season. . .and, in a move that I can't stand, we have to wait two weeks to see it.