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SNAP CENTRAL 2012 - Fearless Rick's NFL & College Football Picks

Football Fever is Just Weeks Away

July 17, 2012 - With the Hall of Fame game less than three weeks away, Fearless Rick is back for another year of prognosticating and game-by-game analysis, providing insights into the machinations of pro and college football and the vagueries of Las Vegas odds.

With the pros taking to the training fields right away, we're eager to roll out our divisional previews for the NFL, with the preseason college Top 25 to appear shortly thereafter, in the second week of August (college football's first weekend begins Thursday, August 30, preceding the opening of the NFL regular season by a week).

We'll be publishing divisional outlooks over the next two weeks, to be completed prior to the first preseason game.

Here's the schedule:

  • July 17 - NFC East
  • July 19 - NFC North
  • July 23 - NFC South
  • July 25 - NFC West
  • July 27 - AFC East
  • July 29 - AFC North
  • July 31 - AFC South
  • August 2 - AFC West

We're all looking forward to a fun - and prosperous - football season in 2012 and beyond.

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Update: 2/6/12: Giants Defeat New England, 21-17, Capturing 4th Super Bowl

The New York Giants are once again sitting on top of the professional sports world and Eli Manning will never, ever again be questioned on whether he should be considered an "elite" quarterback.

Manning moved the Giants to a decisive fourth-quarter touchdown with just under a minute remaining in Super Bowl XLVI to defeat the New England Patriots, 24-17, and capture the title of the world champions.

Manning, who threw for 296 yards and one touchdown, a two-yard strike to Victor Cruz that put the Giants ahead, 9-0, late in the first quarter. Manning, who earned his second Super Bowl MVP award in four years, completed 30 of 40 passes, was sacked three times for 14 yards and did not throw an interception.

The Patriots responded with 17 straight points, scoring 10 in the second quarter on a 29-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal and finishing off a 96-yard drive with a touchdown pass from Brady to Danny Woodhead with eight seconds left in the half.

New England drove the ball downfield for another Brady TD pass on the opening drive of the second half, hitting Aaron Hernandez over the middle with a 12-yard strike.

Little did anyone know, that with New England ahead, 17-9, midway through the third quarter, that they would score no more.

After two Lawrence Tynes' thrid quarter field goals made the score 17-15, the two teams traded fourth quarter blows that kept the score unchanged until the Patriots were forced to punt with 3:46 remaining in the contest.

Starting from their own 12-yard line, on first down, Manning threw down the sideline to Mario Manningham, who collected the ball with both feet clearly inbounds as two New England defenders forced him out of bounds. The resultant 38-yard pass play left the Giants on the 50-yard line with plenty of time - as it turned out, almost too much time.

When Ahmed Bradshaw rushed up the middle from the six on second down, the Patriots never laid a finger on him as he paused for a second before falling backwards into the end zone.

The Patriots mounted a final drive, but Brady's desperation heave into the Giants end zone was batted harmlessly to the ground as the clock ran out and the victory celebration began.

It was the fourth Super Bowl victory for the Giants, the first coming in 1987, when New York defeated Denver, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI. They beat the Buffalo Bills in 1991, in the closest Super Bowl ever, a 20-19 win in Super Bolw XXV.

Their last two have come courtesy of the Patriots. In 2008, they ended the Patriots' chance at an undefeated season with a 17-14 victory. Eli Manning was named MVP of that game, Super Bowl XLII.

There will be a parade down Broadway in lower Manhattan to honor the Giants on Tuesday, February 7.

See all Super Bowl scores and MVPs from 1967-2012 here.

Final NFL Picks record, regular season & playoffs: 121-131-14

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Update 2/2/12 - With the Super Bowl just three days away, this seems an appropriate time to update the stats:

College Bowl Picks Weeks 2-4: 16-8
College BCS Bowl Picks + national championship: 1-4
Final College Regular Season: 121-106-6
Final College Football Bowls: 19-16
NFL Week 16: 7-8-1
NFL Week 17: 7-8-1
NFL Final Regular Season: 113-129-14
NFL Playoffs: 7-3

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