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Players take Super Bowl Sunday energy to Twitter 02.05.12 at 1:21 pm ET
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For the past two weeks, Patriots and Giants players have been waiting calmly and patiently to take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium to prove who is the class of the NFL. As the day has finally come, players are starting to let that pent-up energy out on the best platform they can think of — Twitter.

Aaron Hernandez, in particular, has been vocal about his excitement and confidence about his team’s ability to win the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl tonight.

“All love to my fans and hello good morning to all my haters!!!” Hernandez tweeted Sunday morning. “Imma put my ring on my wedding finger cuz I’m married to the game!!!”

The Patriots tight end did not limit his enthusiasm to a single tweet, either.

“Watch the show cuz it sure will be interesting for the pats fans out there!!!” he tweeted. “History in the making!!! I see nobody !!!”

On the other side of the ball for the Patriots, linebacker Gary Guyton shared the same eager sense of anticipation.

“last night i felt like a lil boy waiting on christmas… lol,” Guyton tweeted.

Defensive tackle Kyle Love echoed an almost entirely identical sentiment.

“2day is the big day!” Love tweeted Sunday morning. “It’s been a long time coming, last night was like the night b4 the first day of school or Christmas! Let’s get it……”

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Chris Canty predicts: Giants 28, Patriots 17 at 12:38 pm ET
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Chris Canty was all smiles - and predictions - this week, including Sunday, hours before kickoff. (AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — In a response for predictions on Twitter, Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty tweeted Sunday, just hours before entering Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl XLVI, that his Giants would beat the Patriots.

Not only that but he gave a score.

Giants 28, NewEngland 17 he tweeted, responding to a solicitation from ESPN’s Jason Romano.

Canty gained the spotlight during Super Bowl week when he talked about how nice it would be to have a parade in Manhattan’s “Canyon of Heroes” if the Giants beat the Patriots.

“Get ready for a great day on Super Bowl Sunday … and get ready for a parade on Tuesday,” Canty said on Wednesday.

“I don’t care, doesn’t matter,” Canty said when asked if the prediction might ruffle feathers. “Obviously, Tom Brady made a statement at their pep rally [last Sunday]. Obviously, both teams are here to try to win a football game. It just is what it is.”

Canty later said his statement wasn’t meant to be taken as “bulletin board” material.

“I’m not trying to inflame anybody or anything like that,” Canty said. “I want our fans to be excited about the game that’s coming up on Sunday. It’s going to be a great football game. It’s going to be a 60-minute game, and hopefully we can put ourselves in the best position to be successful.”

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Super Bowl roundup: New York papers wave the pom-poms for Giants at 11:28 am ET
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Illustration courtesy of Ryan Maguire

Even amidst the constant bustle in a city that proudly never sleeps, the Super Bowl tends to make a fair share of noise. And with the hometown Giants playing tonight on football’s biggest stage, the New York newspapers are unsurprisingly dominated by Super Bowl XLVI.

Beginning right where the Patriots and Giants left off in Super Bowl XLII in 2008, Steve Serby of the New York Post predicts another Giants victory behind the arm of Eli Manning and his ability to once again best Tom Brady.

Wrote Serby: It used to be that Tom Brady was the last man you would want standing between you and the Lombardi Trophy. It was Eli Manning who shattered Brady’s aura of invincibility one magical, momentous night four years ago, and it is Eli Manning who will deliver an emphatic reminder tonight against Brady and the Patriots and bring the Lombardi Trophy back home. It is Eli Manning who has Brady’s number, and it is Eli Manning, more than any Giant, who knows how to finish. It is Eli Manning, unlike any other New York quarterback, who has not trembled at the sight of the diabolical man in the hoodie on the enemy sidelines, Darth [Bill] Belichick.

It is Eli Manning who shows up at Super Bowl XLVI with the right arm and brain his big brother always had and the toughness Phil Simms always displayed. It is Eli Manning who will be cheered wildly by the pro-Giants crowd inside Lucas Oil Stadium, and by fans all so eager to adopt Peyton’s little brother. “I think he’s battle-hardened,” Bill Parcells said. Now do you understand why Gisele wants family and friends to pray for Tommy? Yes, Eli is in Brady’s class … and Manning doesn’t have to flinch at the menace of Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck coming for his head.

Building on Serby’s final point, George Willis of the Post wrote that the Giants defensive line is ready to pressure, fluster and neutralize Brady just as it memorably did in the last Super Bowl match-up between these two teams.

Wrote Willis: It’s a chance to put the finishing touches on a season of triumph, which at one point looked much like one of misery. Tonight, this unit without a nickname will chase Brady and history. It all comes down to simple math, really. There won’t be enough New England blockers to double team Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty and Dave Tollefson on the same play, which means Brady is going to be under pressure. The frequency of how much that happens and the amount of disruption caused will determine if the Giants beat the Patriots.

Many have speculated and talked at length about the factor of revenge in this year’s Super Bowl, given the history that exists between these teams and franchises. Some, most notably Patriots players, have downplayed the importance of revenge.

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Tom Coughlin: I don’t think we’re overconfident 02.03.12 at 1:28 pm ET
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Tom Coughlin (AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday he has no problem with what his team has said over the course of the week.

Many Giants have expressed confidence that they are going to beat the Patriots on Sunday, with defensive lineman Chris Canty going so far as to say that Giants fans should expect a parade through New York the Tuesday after the Super Bowl. Asked about his team’s confidence level heading into the game and the statements that have come down, Coughlin said he has no issue with what’s been said, comparing them to the statements Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made at a pep rally at Gillette Stadium before New England departed for the game. He said he doesn’t feel that his team is overconfident.

“I don’t. I’m not sure what you’re referencing,” the Giants’ coach said during his press conference. “I mean, I know there are one or two quotes out there, but to be honest with you, I don’t know either one of them is any different than Tom Brady’s.”

Coughlin said he wants his team “Humble enough to prepare, confident enough to perform. That’s the way we look at it.”

“I think it’s just a matter of our team has played good football against great football teams,” he added.

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