Teammates say they’ve never seen a more determined Tom Brady. That focus will pay off big time on Sunday.

After a very mediocre NFL playoff predicting postseason (5-5), it comes down to one game, one pick for the Vinosticator to finally get over .500 to wrap up the year. Yet while I fret over this last prediction, NFL immortality awaits either Tom Brady or Eli Manning (Eli? Really??) on Super Sunday. Can one even wrap his/her brain around the idea that Eli could have more rings than his older-much-greater brother Peyton? Apparently, it’s an equal opportunity football universe. Smh.

New York Giants (12-7) vs. New England Patriots (15-3): Besides their Super Bowl upset four years ago in SB XLII, the Giants won a Week 9 showdown at New England, 24-20. But these are two entirely different teams now. The Giants ride a defensive wave that has carried them through the Jets, Cowboys, Falcons, Packers and 49ers. The Patriots come into the Indy Supe sporting a 10-game winning streak. Clearly, something’s got to give.

PICK: It’s the same old story. If the Giants’ pass rush can get pressure on Tom Brady, the Giants have an excellent shot at the ring. But if Brady plays up to championship-caliber precision as he routinely does, locating Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker in that short but effective Belichick passing game, New England will take home the spoils. I think there are three key factors that may determine the outcome of this game: How effective Eli Manning plays, if Rob Gronkowski can effect the game coming off injury and what effect can Chad Ochocinco play at all!

With two weeks to prepare, I believe the decade-solid Brady-Belichick chemistry will prove too much even for the resilient GMen.  Patriots 31, Giants 21

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