Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

57.5 Reasons to Expect a Stellar Outing by Brady

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

57.5 Reasons to Expect a Stellar Outing by Brady

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INDIANAPOLIS

You know it's time to kick the ball when the required talk from both teams clangs onto the bottom rung of Super Bowl rhetoric.

Should you be blessedly unaware, there are basically four rungs:

Expansive, reflective answers to commonly asked questions early in the week.

Perfectly adequate, generally logical answers to commonly asked questions at mid-week.

Indifferent, barely considered answers to commonly asked questions near the end of the week.

And then, at the approach of an actual football game, utter nonsense.

That's your bottom rung, and the Giants and Patriots were all over it as Game Day finally dawned.

"We have to score more points than they do," is what New England genius Bill Belichick has been reduced to. "That's really what it comes down to."

Really?

Yeah that sounds right, although I don't know that I can be sure at this point. I'm still a little disoriented from Jason Pierre- Paul's explanation of Super Bowl dynamics.

"At the end of the day, a team can beat," said the splendid defensive lineman of the New York Giants. "You have to just go out there and watch film and see the weaknesses on their team. That's what we do. We find weaknesses on the team, and we just go at that. Otherwise, a team does not intimidate us. We are going to go out there and give it all we've got. As long as we play as one, and we do our responsibilities, I feel like we can't be beat."

So which is it?

At the end of the day, a team can be beat, except for the Giants at the end of this day?

That actually sounds right to a lot of people, too, just not to me.

The Giants can be beat. Ask the Seahawks. Or the Eagles. Or the Redskins, who beat them by two touchdowns. Twice. The Saints beat 'em by four touchdowns.

But it's not because the Giants lost seven times to some of the worst teams in the NFL that I expect them to lose again tonight. It's because of this number: 57.5.

That happens to be Tom Brady's passer rating against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game, when he completed only 22 passes (the longest only 23 yards), was intercepted twice and failed to throw a scoring pass for the first time in 25 games. …

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