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Maybe the New England-New York Giants Super Bowl will be a scintillating affair, worth all the hype that will cover us all for the next two weeks. But I can’t generate much enthusiasm for it. New England held off the Baltimore Ravens to win on a missed field goal at the finish, after the Ravens and someone named Joe Flacco outplayed the legendary Tom Brady all day. The Giants got past the 49ers in the rain at San Francisco, because Eli Manning was outstanding. On the basis of those two games, and how well their defenses played, I think the Giants will beat the Patriots in Indianapolis a week from Sunday.

And one more thing for still-suffering Green Bay Packers fans: It was alarming how the Packers came unraveled against the Giants, and how the usually precise Aaron Rodgers had his worst day of the season at the worst possible time. Remember back to when the Packers deactivated Rodgers for the final regular-season game? I thought all it did was secure Drew Brees as the best quarterback in the NFL, because he threw the most touchdown passes as well as passing for the record most yards for the season. But there was more. Rodgers didn’t play against the Lions, then he had the bye week off, so by the time he had to take the field in Green Bay to face the Giants, Rodgers hadn’t played for three weeks. No wonder he looked like he couldn’t find his usual rhythm.