The grand sporting phenomenon that the Super Bowl is, it doesn't need any introduction; nor does the procedure by which the two Super Bowl teams are selected. Four decades down the lane, every single person on the planet who knows what American football is, knows that the Super Bowl, happens to be the Championship Game of the National Football League (NFL), and is played between the winners of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).
Super Bowl XLVI Teams in Contention
So which two teams will be taking on each other for the title clash this time around? The final rounds of the AFC and the NFC concluded on Sunday, 22nd January, 2012, with the New England Patriots emerging the AFC winners and the New York Giants becoming the NFC champions. In this manner, the two teams have sealed a berth each for themselves at the Super Bowl XLVI (the 46th edition of the Super Bowl) scheduled to be played at the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana, on 5th February, 2012.
New England Patriots
On Sunday 22nd January, 2011, the New England Patriots defeated Baltimore Ravens 23-20 to win the AFC Championship Game, which was held at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts, and book a berth for themselves at the Super Bowl XLVI. The Patriots had entered the Championship Game after crushing the Denver Broncos 45-10. This will be the sixth Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots, who have won the Super Bowl on three different occasions - i.e. in 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons respectively. Their last appearance came in 2007 season, wherein they lost to the New York Giants - the same team which they are pitted up against once again this season.
New York Giants
In the other match on Sunday, the New York Giants overcame San Francisco 49ers at the Candlestick Park, in San Francisco, to win the NFC Championship Game with the scoreboard reading 20-17. It was a closely fought contest for the Giants, who had defeated the reigning champions - the Green Bay Packers (37-20) and Atlanta Falcons (24-2) quite comfortably to reach the Championship Game. The Giants have won the Conference title and made it to the Super Bowl on four different occasions, and won the Super Bowl thrice; the last of which came in 2007 season, wherein they defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 to take their NFL Championship tally to three.
On 5th February, 2012, the AFC champions - the New England Patriots will take on the NFC champions - the New York Giants for the NFL Championship clash at Super Bowl XLVI. This clash is expected to be as good as a rematch of the 2007 season Super Bowl, wherein the Giants defied the odds to defeat the Patriots 17-14 who were on a dream run towards a perfect season. While the Patriots will enter this match as the 'home team' and try to settle scores for the 2007 season defeat, the Giants will try to make their Super Bowl scoreline against the Patriots 2-0.
As you see, both the teams have their past and present speaking for them, and it is very difficult to predict who will make it to the list of Super Bowl winners. Are you having an intuition that the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl this season, and take their overall tally to four Super Bowl wins? Do you think that the odds are in favor of New York Giants, who are also vying for their fourth Super Bowl win? Intuition or logic; doesn't really matter. You can go ahead and vote for the team which you think will win the Super Bowl 2012, or the team that you are pitching for. Let's see who wins the battle here - the New England Patriots' fans or the New York Giants' fans?
2012 Super Bowl Update: New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl 2012, and become the National Football League (NFL) Champions. In this way, the 2012 Super Bowl turned out to be a rematch of 2008 Super Bowl in the true sense; wherein the Giants had won with a scoreline of 17-14.