Compare And Contrast Super Bowl Teams

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pMax Carson Compare and Contrast Final Draft 2/17/12 The 2008 Super Bowl Teams vs. the 2012 Super Bowl Teams In 2008, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants met at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona to compete for the right to be called champions of Super Bowl XLII. Four years later, the same two teams met again for Super Bowl XLVI. It seemed to most people that the fate of these 2012 teams was predetermined. Immediately following a Giants’ victory over San Francisco, journalists, analysts, and fans across America began making comparisons between the Giants and Patriots of the 2011 season and their predecessors of four years earlier. Debating the similarities and differences between these teams became a trendy…show more content…
Only six players on the ’07 team remained in New England for the 2011 season. One comparison that has been pointed out between the two teams is their offensive ability. The 2011 Patriots were as strong, if not stronger, when compared offensively with the ’07 Pats. They were again led by Tom Brady, and coached by Bill Belichick once again. Unlike 2007, this team did not feature a deep-threat receiver like they previously had in Randy Moss. Instead, they relied on slot-receiver Wes Welker along with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, two tight ends who are both Pro Bowl caliber players. What really set apart this season’s team was its weakness on the defensive side of the ball. Although the defense did include a few impact players on its roster, it ranked poorly in most categories statistically and received a huge amount of criticism. A few impact players on the defensive side included Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, and Mark Anderson. The Patriots ranked 31st overall in defense this season, besting only the defense of the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. Despite earning the record for most yards given up in a season, the Pats remained a successful team thanks to a surprisingly low points allowed statistic. So while it is evident that the defense struggled, it tightened up when it counted most, in the red zone. Behind this scrappy defense and a…show more content…
These two Super Bowls were so similar that it was almost frightening for some. Both Super Bowls starred the same coach-quarterback tandems as before. The Giants had Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin, and the Patriots had Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Both Patriot teams had a strong motivation to win; ’07 featured the opportunity to be considered the greatest of all-time, and the 2011 Pats dedicated this past season to Myra Kraft, Team Owner Robert Kraft’s wife, who died of cancer just before the start of the season. The Giants came out on top after overtime games in the NFC Championship both years. In 2007, Randy Moss broke receiving records and in 2011 Rob Gronkowski shattered almost all offensive tight end records. The ’11 Giants had retained a whopping 17 of their ’07 champ team, giving off the “feel” of déjà vu to Patriot fans and players. The actual events that took place in the game gave the biggest feeling of déjà vu though. The Giants dominated the first half in both games, while New England dominated the second in both contests. In 2007, seldom-used receiver David Tyree made an incredible catch that turned out to be the difference in the game. In 2011, seldom-used receiver Mario Manningham made a catch that was just as jaw-dropping as Tyree’s. Manningham’s catch turned out to be the deciding play

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