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Jan. 12th, 2010 (UTC)

I'm a Giants fan so I've watched that SuperBowl several times. Both teams played solid defense. I've not heard any of the analysts who were former players say otherwise. The only "blown" play on that last drive was Asante Samuels not making the interception. But even there he was where he was supposed to be. He just did not make the potential interception. The Manning escape was an exceptional play by him. You can liken it to Jeff Hostetler not getting the ball ripped from his hand while in his own endzone. Or those countless times we've seen Brett Favre get rid of the ball when it looked like he was in the grasp and dead to rights. That wasn't a bad defensive play it was great individual play. Poor defensive play is not maintaining gap discipline or contain. Or being confused in zone coverage and not being where you are supposed to be. We saw a lot of those by both teams in the second half.

Arizona played very good defense in the first quarter. The rest of the game there were wide open receivers. When a running back can break it to the outside, that's poor defense. When he can shoot through the middle... that's terrible. It wasn't even a case of great down field blocking.

Because I'm a Giants fan I do know what bad D looks like. I've been watching piss-poor defense the entire year.

I will say that I think it was a great game despite the poor defense. The quarterbacks and receivers play were exceptional. Even the running backs performed well when tasked.

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George R.R. Martin
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