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January 20, 2012

S-T staffers foresee a Giants-Patriots matchup in the Super Bowl

The Cowboys went 1-3 against the teams left in the field. They beat the 49ers with a comeback victory in Week 2. They saw the Patriots and Giants have fourth-quarter comebacks against them. And then, in the regular-season finale, the Giants eliminated Dallas in a winner-take-all affair.

"I think it’s the nature of the NFL," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "There are a lot of close games that all the teams play. The teams that are still playing are the ones that know how to win those games on a more consistent basis."

Which teams do you expect to face off in Super Bowl XLVI? Cast your vote, or post your picks in the comments below.

Here is how the Star-Telegram staff sees this weekend's games playing out:

 

Randy Galloway, columnist:

49ers 20, Giants 17....both teams hot, both teams have rolling QBs (shock me on Alex Smith) so I go with home team in a tight finish.

Patriots 28, Ravens 14...not much excitement here as Pats cruise...Joe Flacco can't expose even a questionable NE secondary.

 

Clarence Hill, beat writer:

Giants 24, 49ers 14...Elite Manning and the Giants are on a super roll.

Patriots 28, Ravens 17...Tom Brady vs. Joe Flacco is a staggering mismatch.

 

Charean Williams, beat writer:

Giants 24, 49ers 20...I picked the Giants to upset the Packers last week. I am not giving up on them now. They are playing like it's 2007 all over again.

Patriots 20, Ravens 17...It goes against conventional wisdom that a team with the 31st-ranked defense can make the Super Bowl. (I picked against the Packers last week because of their 32nd-ranked defense.) But I trust Joe Flacco less than the Patriots defense.

 

Carlos Mendez, beat writer:

Giants 26, 49ers 23...Alex Smith is tougher than we thought. He's going to have find another level of tough against a Giants D that now believes in itself.

Patriots 33, Ravens 23...Tight ends like the NFL has never seen with the best quarterback the NFL has ever seen. Ray Ray and the gang can't keep up.

 

David Humphrey, editor:

Giants 28, 49ers 14...It's been a great run by the Niners and the franchise has turned around. Yet, the old-school Giants are clicking at the right time.

Ravens 21, Patriots 17...Defense and quarterback play are the biggest factors in the NFL. This time defense wins out.

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With such a physical game like this, it pays to make sure every part of your body is in tip top shape. It'd be a shame to get a broken bone or a chipped tooth because you came unprepared and unprotected.

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Note to staf: WHO CARES!!!!!

1. If it's not the COwboys it could never be SUPER!
2. Too bad you blowhards think WAY too much of yourselves (typical media scum though).
3. WOW, a Cowboys lineman graded 30th in the Football Focus publication. Ummm, WHAT AND WHO THE HELL WRITES FOR THAT? Another beat writer for another team or something?

WOW.."Football Focus" now that is really saying something. That has as much credence to it as those Football previews writting in May and June. Good job losers.

The Giants are playing like it's 2007 -except that it's not 2007. Niners D will shut dowm the Giat5ns' running game and Eli will have to pass much more with bad results - and let's face it - the Giant's WR's are comming down with miracle catches, which has zero to do with Eli as a QB. Niners 20-17.

Flacco will not be the reasoin they win or lose. Tom Brady willm however, eat dirt this game and that will hurt their scoring. Ravens score defensive TD's, that's right, I said TD's as in plural. Ravens - 24-23

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