Super Bowl XLV Final Score: Packers 31 Steelers 25

February 7, 2011

NEW YORK – The NFL football season is officially over. The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last night 31-25 in a great game. This is a game that lived up to the hype for once. There was a sense that the Steelers could come back at any moment and there really wasn’t a feeling that the Packers had the win locked up the entire game. Ultimately, the Steelers turned the ball over way too many times. This is the Super Bowl guys, you can’t give up the ball to a solid team like that and expect things to get better. The first half of the game was owned by the Packers but not by much. It was a pretty even game the whole way through but the Packers stood strong and kept the lead the entire game. The closest the Steelers ever got to the lead was by 3 points in the second half of the game. The Steelers still had a shot in the final minutes of the 4th quarter but once again turned the ball over, sealing their loss to the Packers for good.

I would be lying if I told you this was the best Super Bowl I have seen in a while but it definitely ranks up at the top for competitiveness. For those of you keeping score, Super Bowl 42 was the greatest Super Bowl ever in my opinion. The New York Giants beating the undefeated Patriots (18-1) has to be the greatest ever. It also had the greatest play in Super Bowl history with the Manning to Tyree helmet catch, hands down the best play ever.

Super Bowl XLV was very entertaining. We have to take our hats off to the Green Bay Packers and MVP Aaron Rodgers for their performance. I am also happy that they brought the Lombardi trophy to the NFC instead of the AFC. These are small pleasures but still mean something to the big picture. The halftime show was decent but not the home run that many were looking forward to. The Black Eyed Peas were the main act and they were flanked by Slash and Usher for a couple of duets. It wasn’t the best show but it wasn’t the worst show either in my opinion. Christina Aguilera was also singled out for messing up the words to the national anthem. Ouch!

Now that the season is over, football fans are faced with the reality of the CBA talks and the possibility of a lock out in 2011. I hope everyone enjoyed the game because it may be the last football any of us see for a long time. NFL Commish Roger Goodell has his work cut out for him this year.

Did you watch Super Bowl XLV and what did you think of the game?

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Super Bowl Weekend Has Finally Arrived Fans

February 5, 2011

NEW YORK – Readers and fans alike have been sending me emails and asking me if I am bitter that the New York Giants missed the playoffs for a second year in a row. My answer is simple, yes I am. But more then being bitter, I am excited about getting the team ready for the 2011 NFL season. A strange thing to say when America is getting ready for the Super Bowl tomorrow night. I will watch the Super Bowl because I love football but my mind will drift away to the G-Men and what they need to do to improve.

Forgive me for not reporting about the Pro Bowl. It doesn’t take much to figure out why I choose not to write very much about that game. For the proverbial record, I will mention that the NFC beat the AFC by the score of 55-41, in another game that was more about vanity then actual competition. Forgive me for my lack of enthusiasm but I long for the day when the NFL puts on an actual game for the fans. I long for a game reminiscent of the famous “secret” basketball game between the 1992 USA olympic Dream Team players. This is widely considered the best basketball game ever played and nobody but the players and a handful of lucky people ever saw it. In fact, the NFL Pro Bowl is the only game that could be compared to that game because it is the only game that uses a collection of the best football players in the country.

Back to the Super Bowl discussion now. I expect this game to be right up there with some of the best to ever be played. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are two extremely talented teams and match up well on paper. I am still taking the Packers to win a close game. I am basically taking Aaron Rodgers over Ben Rothlisberger. I believe Rodgers will have a better game then Big Ben and the QB position will be the factor that matters the most. I know most of you will say it is the defenses that will win the Championship. I would normally agree with that but these two defense are equal in my opinion, so they cancel each other out. The next logical question is, which team has the better quarterback and I believe the answer to that question is the Packers. Fans will not have to wait very long for all of the answer because we are about 30 hours away from kickoff tomorrow night at 6:30 PM EST. Everyone here at the nygreporter would like to wish both teams the very best of luck. So the only question left to ask is, are you ready for some football?

Who do you think will win Super Bowl XLV and what will the final score be? My final score prediction is Packers 34 – Steelers 27.

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Giants vs. Packers, NFL Week 16: Game Notes

December 26, 2010

NEW YORK – Giants fans can finally put the loss to the Eagles last week behind them because today’s game against the Packers had playoff implications. I have to admit that I am truly not over that loss yet but I will not dwell on it here today. The Giants faced an extremely tough Green Bay Packers team today and had to come out with a win to go back to the playoffs. Most of our readers know that I had picked the Packers to win the Super Bowl before the 2010 NFL season began, so I was nervous but not worried. The Packers won 45-17 in another embarrassing loss for the G-Men.

The 1st quarter of play was a nightmare for Giants fans. The Packers took a quick 14-0 lead and looked like they could move the ball at will. The Giants could not seem to do anything against them offensively or defensively. Then things began to turn around in the 2nd quarter with a nice fumble recovery by Justin Tuck and a couple of New York touchdowns that tied things up at 14-14. One touchdown pass from Manning to Manningham went for 85 yards, the longest of QB Eli Manning’s career. Manning hit the 30 touchdown mark tonight for the first time since Y.A. Tittle did it for Big Blue back in the day. The Packers were ahead 21-14 at halftime.

Things didn’t get much better in the 2nd half, as the Packers continued to move the ball at will against the Giants 2nd ranked defense in the NFL. It became difficult to watch once the 4th quarter rolled around and the Giants playoff dreams were slipping away, as the time quickly ran off the clock. The Giants completely collapsed in the 4th quarter once again. The 6 turnovers and 5 penalties by the Giants were the difference in this game, much as it has been all season. I hate to point a player out but QB Eli Manning has been making some horrible choices lately with throwing the ball. If the Giants miss the playoffs, they have nobody to blame but themselves. It hurts me to say that but it’s true. They had every opportunity to make the post season but did not get the job done today. What else can I say? The Eagles clinch the NFC East with the Giants loss today as well.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from today’s game.

– QB Eli Manning had a poor game and has been making some bizarre choices with the ball lately. He finished with 301 yards 2 TD’s and 4 INT’s.

– WR Hakeem Nicks continues to impress whenever he is on the field. He finished with 93 yards and 1 TD.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a few good runs and a key fumble. He finished with 47 yards 0 TD’s and 1 fumble.

– DE Justin Tuck had a great game and a key fumble recovery in the 2nd quarter. He also had the only sack.

– WR Mario Manningham had a big day and finished with 132 yards and 1 TD.

– S Kenny Phillips led all defensive tacklers and was all over the place today. He had a solid game.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw had a rare bad day and a key fumble. He finished with 31 rushing yards and 41 receiving yards 0 TD’s and 1 fumble.

– CB Aaron Ross got his wish and was returning punts for Big Blue today.

– TE Kevin Boss had a couple of key dropped passes in the first half and a failed fumble recovery in the second half. He finished with 0 yards.

– S Antrel Rolle had a key forced fumble in the 2nd quarter and had a good game overall.

– DE Jason Pierre-Paul was injured and left the game in the first half. He eventually returned later in the game.

– K Lawrence Tynes has been great for Big Blue this season and made all of his extra point attempts (2) and lone FG attempt tonight.

– P Matt Dodge had a better day then last Sunday but fans are still not sold on him.

– The Giants defense seemed a bit sluggish in this game for some reason. They finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

– The Giants offensive line was terrific once again and continue to be the anchor of the offense. The did however give up a sack.

– The Giants special teams continues to need work but they had a better game then last week.

– Head Coach Tom Coughlin should not be worried about his job. The media needs to relax with all of that trash talk.

– DC Perry Fewell puts together some great schemes and plays. However, he had his hands full tonight.

– OC Kevin Gilbride is still a hot and cold play caller. It’s hard to feel confident in him when you see some of the plays he calls.

– Special Teams Coach Tom Quinn should be on his way out at the end of the season and I’m not sure it’s all his fault.

– The Giants lost the time of possession battle horribly by a time difference of 37:01 to 22:59.

– The Giants were stranded in Green Bay due to bad weather back east. This is the second time in 2 weeks that the team has been stranded.

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