DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night is a rematch of the dramatic last second finish of the 2007 title game, when the New York Giants toppled the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. While Las Vegas odds makers have made the Patriots slight favorites, local fans were making predictions of their own.
I think the Giants are going to win by a lot more than people think, said Irvington resident Eddy Stegeman.
This time around the teams are seemingly more evenly matched despite the fact the Giants went 9-7 in the regular season, though ended with and on a five-game winning streak. The New England squad, on the other hand, is riding a 10-game winning streak while finishing the regular season with a dominating 13-3 record.
Confidence seems to be soaring with local fans and Stegeman called for a 27-17 victory for Big Blue.
Many residents are falling in line and supporting the local team as a show of allegiance for the New York name, even though the team actually plays its home games across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
You have to root for the home team, said Dobbs Ferry resident Bob Bartels. Im supporting the New York Giants because theyre a New York team.
ESPN analysts have predicted everything from a Giants blowout to a last minute win by the Patriots, but the overwhelming consensus has been a New York victory and a second ring for Eli Manning and his teammates. A total of 35 out of 63 ESPN analysts picked the Giants over the Pats, according to ESPN Boston. Predictions have even gone so far as to include Madden video game simulations, which predict the Giants winning 27-24 on a last second field goal. Even some of the other Boston professional athletes got involved with predictions of their own.
The two will square off Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. and regardless of the outcome, many fans are expecting a game for the ages.
I think its going to be a high scoring game, at least for us, Stegeman said.
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