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Early thoughts from Super Bowl XLVI

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Some early takeaways from the Super Bowl, where the Giants lead 9-3 early in the second quarter:

1. Rob Gronkowski isn’t exactly looking like his normal self. He’s blocking just fine but not playing with his usual explosion.

2. The Patriots are making the types of mental errors that they usually watch other teams make. Tom Brady’s intentional grounding penalty cost the team 2 points. Their 12 men on the field penalty cost the team seven points.

A few Patriots coaches switched headsets after their defensive series where they gave up a touchdown. That could have partially led to the confusion which led to the 12-men penalty.

3. New England is changing things up quite a bit. Tracy White started at linebacker. Julian Edelman hasn’t played on defense. They gave different looks out of their dime package. They need to settle down because they aren’t substituting well.

Jerod Mayo had a great chance to make a play on Victor Cruz’s touchdown but he whiffed. The whole Patriots defense are not playing composed football.

4. The Patriots are winning the battle up front against the Giants guards, but Eli Manning has made all the right decisions getting rid of the ball.

5. New England has won a lot of games coming from behind this year. They’ll need to do it again.

6. Giants tight end Travis Beckum couldn’t put any pressure on his leg on his way off the field after suffering an injury. It didn’t look good.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m. ET: Beckum has a torn ACL. He’s their backup tight end but plays a lot for them.

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18 Responses to “Early thoughts from Super Bowl XLVI”
  1. vicktator says: Feb 5, 2012 7:21 PM

    Tom Terrific may be one of the most overrated players in NFL history.

  2. pacificnw7722 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:26 PM

    Eli looks calm and poised….very relaxed.

  3. airraid77 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:28 PM

    forget tom brady, that might be the worst defense in superbowl history on the pats side of the ball…..this game is over unless the giants turn the ball over.

  4. dmobey says: Feb 5, 2012 7:29 PM

    Let’s face it, when not allowed to cheat New Englad is not that good.

  5. tmb333 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    I have seen 10 holdings and they wait to call one on 3rd and 1. Call them all.

  6. wooooo8732 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    Per a league source..funny Volkswagen commercial

  7. norseman69 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    giants shall win they posted it on their web site like the steelers din against the seahawks

  8. bunnymen808 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    7. The Giants punter has the early lead for M.V.P.

  9. spytdi says: Feb 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    Other thoughts: The fix is on.

  10. Soulman45 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:33 PM

    That what rookies do pick a winner after a Qt.

  11. dubblelznhell says: Feb 5, 2012 7:37 PM

    Pretty obvious he’s (Gronkowski) not himself. He sprained an ankle, duh!

  12. tmb333 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:41 PM

    Another hold in a critical time. They have held on the edge the entire game.

  13. airraid77 says: Feb 5, 2012 7:49 PM

    looked overrated their…that what rookies do….pick an overrated qb after 1 quarter.

  14. guestsinger says: Feb 5, 2012 7:57 PM

    How can there be a 4 second hold in isolation (not on the line) in front of the quarterback without a call?

    Even worse, how can Al Bifocals and whatever stupid voice is in the broadcast booth watch the play over and over without at least musing whether it was a hold?

  15. daspyknows says: Feb 5, 2012 8:04 PM

    Pretty dull game so far. Lingerie Bowl 9 was better. M&M commercial pretty funny

  16. whatwouldlombardido says: Feb 5, 2012 8:11 PM

    7. Peyton Manning STILL hasn’t played.

  17. gabbylovespatriots says: Feb 5, 2012 8:49 PM

    Go Patriots!!

  18. mavs1rock1 says: Feb 5, 2012 9:32 PM

    Hold on for 3 min patriots

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