With the first half of the Super Bowl in the books, all I can say is that I am impressed. Yes, there have been some mistakes by each team, but all in all it has been a great half. Both teams are playing their game well and minimizing their weaknesses. With that in mind, here are 4 factors that will decide this game in the second half.
1) Giants Pass Rush
The Giants have done an exceptional job getting after Brady and getting hands up in his passing lanes. Brady did drive down the field to end the half, this unit has been all over Tom Brady. If the Giants can keep the pressure up, expect a close game.
2) Patriots Secondary
This much abused unit has made some great plays today, but will the second half be its undoing? They must contain the Giants receivers on the outside. If not, expect Eli to carve up this group.
3) Steve Weatherford
He has done a great job pinning the Patriots back on each punt. The field position game may be the deciding factor in this game. Every little bit will help, and Weatherford is more than doing his share.
4) Bill Belichick
What will the master do to make adjustments. Perhaps nobody in the leauge is better at maximizing his players ability than Belichick. The changes that Belichick makes could determine the outcome of this game.
Stay tuned for a great second half.