With Super Bowl XLVI between the AFC champion New England Patriots and the NFC champion New York Giants set for Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind., VillageSoup wants to hear readers’ opinions/thoughts on which team will prevail — and why.

Maine, like all states and regions of the country, has fans of all National Football League teams, but certainly a high percentage of Mainers are Patriots’ fans and a good number are Giants’ followers.

The Patriots finished the regular season 13-3 and were the top seed in the AFC. New England defeated No. 4 Denver 45-10 and No. 2 Baltimore 23-20 in the playoffs to advance to the Super Bowl. The Giants, the fourth seed in the NFC, finished the regular season 9-7 and defeated No. 5 Atlanta 24-2, No. 1 Green Bay 37-20 and No. 2 San Francisco 20-17 in overtime in the postseason to advance to the Super Bowl.

The Giants have defeated the Patriots in the teams’ last three meetings, including upending New England 24-20 Nov. 6 in the regular season and 18-17 Sept. 1 in the preseason, both at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Giants also defeated the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII, an outcome that ended what had, to that point, been a perfect season for New England.

So, where do you stand on the rematch four years later? VillageSoup would like your thoughts for the final NFL football game of the 2011-12 season.

So, take a few minutes to email us at sports@villagesoup.com and include your name, age, town of residence and prediction for a score, along with your thoughts on how the game will play out and on the two teams. We only ask that you keep your responses in good taste and without the use of profanity. VillageSoup’s sports staff will determine if the content of a submission can be published.

As emails are received and processed, they will appear in the space below for all to read, enjoy and debate. So let the opinions fly.

Comments

Sylvia Libby, 70-plus, Camden — “I was at the first game the Patriots played [at Schaefer Stadium] in 1971. Jim Plunkett was quarterback and the Patriots won. Gillette Stadium was called Schaefer Stadium at that time. There is no doubt in my mind that the Patriots will win the Super Bowl this year. The secret is to protect Brady and let him do what he does best! Score … Patriots 20, New York 6.”

Editor’s note: The game Libby refers to was played Aug. 15, 1971, when the Patriots defeated the New York Giants 20-14 in front of 60,423 fans in New England’s first game at their then new stadium.

Michael Canfield, 15, Warren — “I think the Patriots will win only because of what happened in Super Bowl XLII when they lost to the Giants. I think Brady will edge out Mr. Manning and win Super Bowl XLVI, and this Super Bowl will tell New Yorkers that Patriots [are] a force to be reckoned with. I think the Pats will win 31-24.”

Don White, over 65, Camden — “Remember the infamous Snow Bowl game (2001-2002 season) when a no-name QB was the beginning of the Tuck Rule and a place kicker made history with his game-winning field goals? And that Pats team won the Super Bowl. In 2007-2008, a miraculous throw and catch by the Giants dethroned our Pats, who entered that game 18-0. The 2011-2012 NFL Patriots have a no-name defense and a multi-dimensional offense. To date they’ve lost only three games and despite all the hype to the contrary will field the better team in the Super Bowl, Feb. 5. Patriots 37 Giants 24.”

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