One game came down to a missed kick that could have forced overtime. The other came down to a winning kick in overtime
NFL fans can only hope the New England-New York Super Bowl is as entertaining.
Tom Brady and the Patriots advanced first Sunday after Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff failed to nail a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds that would have tied the game at 23 and sent it to overtime. In San Francisco, the Giants and 49ers did go to overtime to settle their game. The Giants won it after Kyle Williams fumbled a punt and gave New York possession in field-goal range. Lawrence Tynes kicked the game winner, giving the Giants a 20-17 win.
The Patriots-Giants matchup will be a rematch of the 2008 title game that New York won 17-14, ruining New England's undefeated season.
How do the two Super Bowls compare? Here's a primer.
2008: Patriots 18-0. Giants 13-5
2012: Patriots 15-3. Giants 12-7.
HAPPY BEARS FANS
2008: The Giants beat Green Bay to earn their Super Bowl berth.
2012: The Giants beat Green Bay to earn their NFC title game berth.
2008: Glendale, Ariz.
2008: University of Phoenix Stadium
2012: Lucas Oil Stadium
2008: Jordin Sparks
2012: Kelly Clarkson, or so go the rumors
2008: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
IN THE MONEY
2008: A 30-second Super Bowl ad cost $2.7 million.
2012: $3.5 million
2008: N.Y. Giants
2012: N.Y. Giants, according to RedEye prognosticating pooch Whizzer.