Football fans—recline in a La-Z-Boy and turn the clock back four years to February 2008. Tom Brady, the NFL’s unflappable MVP and AP Offensive Player of the Year, and his unbeaten (18-0) New England Patriots touched down in the scorching Arizona desert as the hottest team in League history—heavy favorites to win Super Bowl XLII, finish an unprecedented 19-0 and return to Boston royalty with a fourth Super Bowl title since 2001.
While the invincible Patriots—like caped Marvel Comics superheroes—were crushing records all season, the capricious New York Giants, who hadn’t won a playoff game in seven years, piggybacked a fortuitous six-game winning streak early in the season (before splitting its final eight) to sneak into the playoffs as a pesky wild card. In the playoffs, the surging, underdog Giants won three road games: at Tampa Bay, at Dallas and at Green Bay (on a Lawrence Tynes field goal in OT after a Brett Favre interception). Despite its momentum and being only the fourth team in NFL history to win all three playoff games on the road, few imagined the Giants could beat 12-point favorite New England in the Super Bowl (after all, the Patriots had recently beaten the Giants in New York, 38-35, in the final regular season game).
In Super Bowl XLII, however, the season’s spectacular stats and favorable odds wouldn’t add up to a Patriots “W.” In a low scoring game, 14-10 Patriots with 2:42 remaining, one Giants player would haul in the Super Bowl’s greatest catch. While young QB Eli Manning fearlessly scrambled to elude the Patriots’ Jarvis Green and Richard Seymour, he willfully heaved the ball up for grabs down the middle of the game-worn University of Phoenix Stadium field—where Giants’ WR David Tyree made an improbable one-handed catch, pinning the football against his helmet as he fell to the New England 23-yard line, chain-linked with the Pats’ defensive enforcer Rodney Harrison. And much like a fairytale ending, the Giants then scored the game-winning TD with only 35 seconds left in the game.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9wb8MY0nxc]
The story in 2012 leading up to the Patriots-Giants rematch in Super Bowl XLVI reads much the same. New England finished the season as the #1 seed in the AFC and proved to be equally dominant in the AFC playoffs. The underachieving Giants had to win its last two games to squeeze into the NFC playoffs, and won two playoff games on the road versus the top two NFC seeds to reach the Super Bowl. Adding to the déjà vu, Lawrence Tynes once more kicked the game winning field goal in OT of the NFC Championship game.
Will Eli Manning lead his Giants to a second Super Bowl win over the favored Patriots, or will The Hoodie (Bill Belichick) and his Patriots plot revenge? Our Fearless Forecaster, JD, will break down Super Bowl XLVI, but for those wanting to see it live in Indianapolis, check out these Super Bowl tickets price trends and find the best selection of Super Bowl XLVI tickets at Razorgator:
- Overall, Super Bowl ticket prices for the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis are averaging about $5,100—that’s close to a 37% increase from last year’s average of about $3,700
- The cheapest Super Bowl ticket for this year’s game is $2,700 for a seat in the Loge Corner – 400 level
- The midfield club seats are the most expensive this year (excluding suites), going for about $13K each
- Last year, the cheapest Super Bowl ticket was $2,200 which was for a ticket in the Mezzanine in section 349 at Cowboys Stadium
- Last year, the most expensive seats were in the club level (end zone to the 15-yard line) going for about $8K each
- 2008 Super Bowl prices also averaged about $3,700, so the prices are up substantially from the last time these teams met in the Super Bowl
- In 2008, you could get a Super Bowl ticket for $1,500 each in section 427 at University of Phoenix Stadium