Message to Andy Reid: if you want to beat teams like the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, look at the losers of the conference title games, not the winners.
The New York Giants and New England Patriots are moving on to the Super Bowl. However, they needed mistakes by their opponent to get there. The Super Bowl matchup could have easily been the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
The two conference title games featured top offenses versus top defenses. The Patriots and Giants are teams that relied mostly on their offense during the regular season and were both ranked in the top 10.
Defensively, the Giants and Patriots ranked towards the bottom of the league during the regular season (27th and 31st respectively). Granted, each team’s defense has played better in the postseason than the regular season, but they’re far from dominant units.
In contrast, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were both ranked in the top 10 defensively but w...