Let's continue our look back into the Big Blue View archives at the week leading up to the 2012 Super Bowl. Today we turn back the clock to see what we wrote about last year on the Tuesday before the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI
How will the New York Giants try to handle the New England Patriots tremendous duo of tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, during the 2012 Super Bowl on Sunday in Indianapolis?
This is one of the biggest dilemmas facing Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, and it will be very interesting to see how he chooses to try and accomplish it. More concerning to Giants fans isn't how the Giants get it done, but that they get it done.
Valentine's View: You will recall that one of the biggest plays in this game was an interception by middle linebacker Chase Blackburn on a long pass intended for Gronkowski. You can, probably rightly, argue that Gronkowski's injured ankle kept him from separating from Blackburn. Still, this worked out for the Giants.
The New York Giants love the underdog role. As long as Tom Coughlin has been their coach, and maybe longer, they have thrived in that scenario. In the 'nobody believes in us/we're the little guy/we'll show up and try but we aren't the favorites' sort of mentality.
Heading into the 2012 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots the Giants three-point underdogs, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. Theoretically, right where they want to play. Playing the underdog card. Thing is, this time around nobody is buying the Giants' routine.
Peter King of SI.com isn't interested. New York City strippers are picking the Giants. Animals are picking the Giants. No one is buying the David vs. Goliath routine.
The Patriots, in fact, are trying to steal the underdog card right out from under the Giants.
"They should feel like they're the team to beat. They're playing some good, good football. They're probably playing the best football that's out there," said New England defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. "And their defensive line can play, too. You can't say anything negative about what they have going on. They can talk the talk and walk the walk."