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Question of the Day
Imagine being New England defensive end Alex Silvestro.
Silvestro was promoted Saturday night when Bill Belichick decided to make the cruelest cut of all: releasing wide receiver Tiquan Underwood less than 24 hours before the big game. Whether Silvestro plays much remains to be seen _ he was active for only one game this season _ but he’ll always be able to say he was there.
Pretty cool for the rookie from Rutgers.
Underwood’s release means Chad Ochocinco is also active, set to play in his first Super Bowl in 11 NFL seasons after being inactive for the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, will start despite two weeks of speculation over whether he’d be able to go with a high left ankle sprain.
It’s time for football. Finally.
After nearly two weeks of hype, predictions and over-analysis _ Is Eli already elite? Will Rob Gronkowski’s sprained ankle be OK? Where’s Peyton playing next season? _ the New England Patriots and New York Giants are close to kicking off the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
From all accounts, and there have been plenty, these teams appear to be pretty evenly matched. That has added to the buildup, with even President Barack Obama saying on Twitter that he’s “looking forward to catching some of the big game.” Yep, just like a few million other snacking fans watching from home right now.
It’s the fifth rematch in the big game’s history. These teams played four years ago when the Giants pulled off a 17-14 victory in Arizona, ending the Patriots‘ perfect season thanks in large part to an elusive Eli Manning connecting with David Tyree, who pinned the football against his helmet for one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.
Manning is trying to one-up big brother Peyton with his second Lombardi Trophy win, while Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the first quarterback-head coach duo to play in the Super Bowl five times _ with three wins.
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