Nightmare: Patriots Shocked Again By Giants, 21-17, In Super Bowl XLVI

It was the Patriots' worst nightmare. Eli Manning led the New York Giants on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter, securing a 21-17 victory in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Super Bowl Predictions: Patriots Are The Underdog According To Twitter

The New England Patriots enter Super Bowl 2012 as 3-point favorites over the New York Giants Sunday, however, Twitter isn't buying into what the betting odds as many fans, celebrities and experts are picking against the Pats.

However, there are a few out there that are trusting quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick to get the job done and avenge the loss from 2008. Here they are:

Former Notre Dame Head Coach and ESPN College Football annalist, Lou Holtz (

"I predict a close game today. are tough but going with

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman, Evan Longoria ():

"BTW...my prediction: 20-17 Pats..MVP Brady."

Former New York Times Sports Editor, Tom Jolly (@TomJolly):

"I picked the New England Patriots to win the Superbowl. See my predictions and fill out your own."

Homeless Guy located near Boston Common via :

Homeless guy in Boston Common was yelling his Superbowl predictions this morning, "the Patriots will win the game 24-17."

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Super Bowl 2012 News: Will Holding Be The Key To Patriots Success?

The New England Patriots offensive line will face a very big challenge Sunday, as they will need to try to find a way to stop the relentless pass rusher of the New York Giants defensive line in the 2012 Super Bowl. Well, according to Patriots blogger Tom E. Curran the answer is simple:

"Holding," wrote Curran.

"On Friday night, I ran into Tim Ryan, co-host of "Movin' The Chains" on SIRIUS XM NFL Radio along with Pat Kirwan As we talked about the Giants pass rush, he started dropping some eye-popping stats. In the two Conference Champioship games, there was one holding penalty called on a pass play.

"In the entire playoffs - 792 passing attempts and 10 games - there have been nine holding penalties. Four of those were against the Giants, according to Ryan."

The strategy is an interesting one and probably would work and who can blame the Patriots' offensive line for trying to bend the rules a bit to keep their star quarterback Tom Brady upright. We all know that if New England is going to be successful its because Brady has time to find wide receivers Wes Welker and All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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Super Bowl Attendence: Lucas Oil Stadium Will Not Set Capacity Record

The NFL is expecting a capacity crowd of about 68,000-plus Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, as the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl. According to a Washington Post blog post, the NFL added 265 seats behind one of the end zone's of the stadium, which usually holds about 63,000 Indianapolis Colts fans.

The total attendance Sunday will not even come close to breaking the Super Bowl record, which was many years back in Pasadena, CA during Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl (103, 985). Last year, Dallas Cowboys Stadium came close to breaking the attendance record, as it packed 103, 219 football fans into the newly built stadium.

Here's a list of the attendance for all 46 Super Bowls via About.com:

I - Los Angeles - 61,946
II - Miami - 75,546
III - Miami - 75,389
IV - New Orleans - 80,562
V - Miami - 79,204
VI - New Orleans - 81,023
VII - Los Angeles - 90,182
VIII - Houston - 71,882
IX - New Orleans - 80,997
X - Miami - 80,187
XI - Pasadena - 103,438
XII - New Orleans - 75,583
XIII - Miami - 79,484
XIV - Pasadena - 103,985
XV - New Orleans - 76,135
XVI - Pontiac - 81,270
XVII - Pasadena - 103,667
XVIII - Tampa - 72,920
XIX - Stanford - 84,059
XX - New Orleans - 73,818
XXI - Pasadena - 101,063
XXII - San Diego - 73,302
XXIII - Miami - 75,129
XXIV - New Orleans - 72,919
XXV - Tampa - 73,813
XXVI - Minneapolis - 63,130
XXVII - Pasadena - 98,374
XXVIII - Atlanta - 72,817
XXIX - Miami - 74,107
XXX - Tempe - 76,347
XXXI - New Orleans - 72,301
XXXII - San Diego - 68,912
XXXIII - Miami - 74,803
XXXIV - Atlanta - 72,625
XXXV - Tampa - 71,921
XXXVI - New Orleans - 72,922
XXXVII - San Diego - 67,603
XXXVIII - Houston, 71,525
XXXIX - Jacksonville - 78,125
XL - Detroit - 68,206
XLI - Miami - 74,512
XLII - Glendale (AZ) - 71,101
XLIII - Tampa - 70,774
XLIV - Miami - 74,059
XLV - Arlington, Texas - 103,219

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Super Bowl Odds 2012: Is The Coin Toss Fair?

Its a statical fact that no matter how many times you flip a coin the odds of it landing on tails or heads is 50-percent. Well, then how is it possible that for the past 14 Super Bowls the odds of winning the coin toss have favored the NFC?

That's right, for 14 straight years the NFC has won the coin toss -- crazy right? According to this ESPN's Stats and Info writer Albert Larcada, the probability of that happening is .006-percent. That last time AFC team team to win a coin toss was, ironically, the New England Patriots back in 1997.

Currently, Super Bowl prop bets have the coin-flip money line at (-115) for both head and tails.

Now, of course, you won't know what AFC or NFC team will be call what before kick off. However, I guess the odds are stacked against the AFC no matter what.

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2012 Super Bowl, Giants Vs. Patriots: New England Roster Features Five Starters From '08 Squad

New England Patriots fans remember the 2008 Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants well, however, the same might be said to a lot of the Patriots players, who will be playing in the Super Bowl Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC). According to Matt Pomeroy, a NFL Network Researcher, the Patriots have just five remaining starters from the '08 squad, and just one left on the defensive side of the ball -- defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.

The other four starters are: quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Wes Welker, offensive linemen Matt Light and Logan Mankins.

Meanwhile, the Giants have eight players on their active roster that played in five years ago in the 17-14 victory over the Patriots.

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Ahmad Bradshow Injury: Giants Coughlin Says Running Back Will Be Ready

The inactive list for the 2012 Super Bowl is hours away form being posted, but it seems as if New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will be ready to go against the New England Patriots Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC). According to Boston's WEEI, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said to the media Friday that "(Bradshaw will be ready."

"He got in two good days of work prior to this," Coughlin said. "He’s prepared."

Bradshaw did not practice Friday after practicing both Wednesday and Thursday. However, that was the plan going into the week, as Bradshaw did want to rest the ankle a bit before the NFL's biggest game of the year.

The NFL will release the Super Bowl's complete inactive list about an 1 1/2 hour before schedule kick off.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots Tight End Will Play In Super Bowl

New England Patriots inactives list is a few hours away from being released, but tight end Rob Gronkowski will play in Sunday's Super Bowl. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, Gronkowski is a go for the Super Bowl despite battling a high ankle sprain that has been analyzed to death for the best two weeks.

"As agent Drew Rosenhaus told NBC SportsTalk this week, Gronkowski wouldn’t play if it wasn’t the Super Bowl. And Gronkowski may end up having surgery after the game."

Of course, Gronk is going to play that really wasn't the question all week. The real question is, how effective will the 6-foot-6, 256 pound tight end be with a bum wheel?

SB Nation Boston's Gethin Coolbaugh asked and answered this question earlier in the day.

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Super Bowl 2012 News: Tiquan Underwood Tweets About Being Released From Patriots

Less than 24 hours before the New England Patriots were to take on the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl, the Patriots made an interesting roster transaction by releasing wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to make room for defensive end Alex Silvestro.

Well, shortly after his release, Underwood took to Twitter to address his depressing news.

"This Is Nothing But MOTIVATION....," was Underwood's first response.

"I Been Thru A LOT...But There Are Ppl In This World w/ More Serious Problems So I Cant Hang The Head....Thank You Lord."

"Good Luck To The New Enland Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates...

"THANK YOU To Everyone Supporting/Wishing Me Well (Fam,Friends,Ppl Who Dont Kno Me Personally) To Those Happy About What Happen...God Bless U."

Good news for Underwood is that he will get a share of the Patriots Super Bowl winnings and get a ring if they're victorious.

Underwood, played in just six games for the Patriots this season. In those games, Underwood snagged three catches for 30 yards, including a 13-yard reception against the Denver Broncos in the Patriots' Divisional-round victory.

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2012 Super Bowl Odds And Line: Patriots Are Three-Point Favorites Over Giants

For the second time in five years, the New England Patriots will enter the Super Bowl as the odds-on favorite to beat the New York Giants Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC). According to the Bovada website, the Patriots (13-3) enter the contest against the Giants (9-7) as 3-point favorites with the over-under set at 53 1/2 points.

The last time these two franchises met in the Super Bowl was 2008, and the Patriots entered as 12-point favorites over the Giants. Of course, New England fans know very well how that turned out.

However, if betting the line just doesn't do it for you, well, no worries there, as Bovada has hundreds of different prop bets like: Who will win the coin toss? Who will be the game's MVP award? What kind of outfit will national anthem singer, Kelly Clarkson, wear? Over-under of how many times NBC shows Peyton Manning.

For a full list of Super Bowl odds, betting line and or prop bets just visit Bovada.

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Super Bowl 2012 Kickoff Time, Live Game Coverage, Scores And More

The start of Super Bowl 2012 is almost here! The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants for the second time in five years in the NFL's biggest game, which will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

The contest will feature two of the best NFL organizations that are each trying to earn their fourth Super Bowl title and trying to gain ground on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have six overall.

Location: Lucus Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Pregame TV start: 2 p.m. ET on NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color), Michele Tafoya (sideline)
Kick off time: 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Live Stream: NBC.com (click the link)
National anthem singer: Kelly Clarkson
Halftime show performer: Madonna

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Super Bowl 2012, Media Day: Rob Gronkowski Talks About Injury To Ankle A Lot

The hottest topic at the Super Bowl 2012 Media Day, at least, from the New England Patriots standpoint was the ankle injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who fielded question after question about a small portion of his very large 6-foot-6, 265-pound body Tuesday. Gronkowski answered questions on the ankle that was for the first time in days not being protected by a walking boot.

"I’m not really worried about if I’m not playing or not yet. That’s on Sunday," said Gronkowsk, who's hopeful to face the New York Giants in Super Bowl 2012, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

"The only thing I’m worried about is Tuesday. Just keep on moving forward, going in a positive direction, and that’s all that counts."

According to The New York Post's Justin Terranova, Gronkowski was asked about his current status a lot and answered with "day-to-day" about 10 times. Terranova said when Gronkowski was asked if he could play yet, the tight end answered:

"I don't know yet. I'm doing everything I can to help the team. I'm getting better every single day."

When asked about his chances of playing Sunday, Gronk said:

"[The game is] six days away," Gronkowski said. "I could be 100 percent by then. I could be 2 percent by then. We’re just taking it day by day.

"I’m young. I’m healthy, and I feel blessed like that. Whatever it is, I hope I’m a quick healer."

Gronkowski, who set single-season tight end records in 2011 for touchdowns (17) and receiving yards (1,327), sustained the ankle injury in the win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots' Tight End Out Of Walking Boot, Making Improvements To Play In Super Bowl 2012

Rob Gronkowski, the tight end for the New England Patriots, answered questions Tuesday at the Super Bowl's annual Media Day and did so without his protective walking boot that he has been wearing for the past few days. According to the Boston Globe, Gronkowski is reportlely still questionable for Sunday's 2012 Super Bowl vs. the New York Giants (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

"Gronkowski said he was "day by day" when asked about his status and did not predict if he would play on Sunday. Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC title game win against the Ravens.

"He said that shedding the boot was a sign of improvement, however, and added he was not wearing a compression wrap under his sock."

Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady said that he hopes that Gronkowski can play consdering that he's a huge part of the New England offense.

Gronkowski, who set single-season tight end records in 2011 for touchdowns (17) and receiving yards (1,327), sustained the ankle injury in the win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

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2012 Super Bowl Schedule: Large Gillette Stadium Crowd Sends Off Patriots

An estimated crowd of 25,000 fans showed up at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA Sunday to send off the New England Patriots, who addressed the crowd then loaded team buses which headed to the airport so the AFC Champions could board a plane headed Indianapolis, IN -- the location of Super Bowl 46, Feb. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

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"We have the greatest fans in America. You guys have proved that year in and year out with your support," Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady said to the large crowed before his team boarded buses. "I wish I could take all you guys to Indy with us. We're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason. We're going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend."

The Patriots' opponent, the New York Giants, will arrive Monday and begin a week-long hype-fest that is known as Super Bowl week. On Tuesday, the two teams will hold media day, as the Patriots will begin theirs at 10 a.m. ET, while the Giants will have theirs at noon.

The most obvious story lines that will be discussed this upcoming week will be, of course, the rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl, which featured the Giants downing the Patriots, 17-14, thanks to the famous "Helmet Catch" by former New York wide receiver David Tyree. Another hot topic will be the health of the ankle of Patriots' tight end Rob Gronowski and the comparison between the two starting quarterbacks -- Brady and the Giants' Eli Manning.

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Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots TE Has High Ankle Sprain, According To Father

Rob Gronkowski's father, Gordie, informed a radio station, off camera, that Rob has the dreaded high ankle sprain, according to Tom E. Curran of Patriots Talk. Gronkowski's father also had this to say about his son, on the air:

"I wake up every morning, and I can't believe what's happening. I pick up the New York Times, and here Robbie's in the New York Times, hes got a half page in the New York Times. I pick up our paper and Robbie's picture is here and there. I turn on ESPN, he's all over ESPN Sports Center."

Gronkowski suffered the injury in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, but returned after going to the locker room. He's considered day-to-day, but with the Super Bowl more than a week away, there's no doubt that Gronk will play.

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