Staff picks

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Jamison Hensley

Someone tell the Giants that it's best to sneak up on a heavily favored team. With Tom Brady, the Patriots will do all their talking on the field. Patriots, 34-17

Edward Lee

Brett Favre, Tony Romo, Jeff Garcia. Tom Brady becomes the latest in the line of quarterbacks stymied by Big Blue's defense. Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora torment Brady into three interceptions, and the Giants celebrate with their third Super Bowl championship. Giants, 23-21

Rick Maese

The score would be even more lopsided, but I'm predicting Bill Belichick's hidden cameras lose power when the halftime show blows up circuits in the press box. Patriots, 38-13

Don Markus

This sound familiar? Every generation of New York sports fans needs one of its heroes making a ridiculous Super Bowl prediction that comes true. Move over, Joe Willie, it's Plaxico's turn to back it up. Two TD catches for Burress, including the game-winner. Giants, 23-17

Ken Murray

Seventeen years ago, the Giants faced another juggernaut and won when Buffalo's Scott Norwood missed wide right on a 47-yard field-goal attempt. This time, the shoe's on the other foot: Lawrence Tynes misses from 37, allowing the Pats to dance into history. Patriots, 38-37

Mike Preston

It's a game for a half, but in the end, Patriots have too much firepower for the Giants, just like everybody else New England faced this season. Patriots, 35-24

Peter Schmuck

Michael Strahan and Co. will have Tom Brady on his toes all night, but Eli Manning will blink first and throw a disastrous pass right into the hands of Rodney Harrison in the fourth quarter. Patriots, 27-20

David Steele

The Giants will keep it close, the Patriots will be forced to play their very best - and they'll not only do that, but they'll also cover the spread. Patriots, 34-21


Kimmie Meissner: Patriots

Mark Viviano: Patriots

Steve Davis: Patriots

Dave Trembley: Giants

Anita Marks: Giants

Katie Hoff: Patriots

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