It's official, everyone - Super Bowl 2012 will be a rematch of 2007's Super Bowl XLII. And as you all probably remember, that was a pretty interesting game. A little bit has changed since 2007: Eli Manning won't be throwing to David Tyree, for one, which means we might find the game bereft of circus head-catches. And this time, Tom Brady and the Patriots aren't going in with the perfect season on the line.
Though many of the big players remain the same, this Patriots-Giants matchup feels different. Eli is no longer just Peyton's kid brother - He's Eli Manning, Super Bowl winning quarterback. Neither team feels like an overwhelming favorite, so there's not much of an underdog story that the media can play up this time. In fact, current odds place the Patriots at just a 3 point favorite to win the game on February 5th.
Though not everyone is as happy about the Patriots-Giants Super Bowl as Giants punter Steve Weatherford...
...the Twitterverse has exploded over news of the matchup:
I look forward to ESPN's First Take debating the role Tim Tebow will have in the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl.
The Giants can become the first 9-7 team to win the Super Bowl in NFL history. Only other 9-7 teams to play in SB: 1979 Rams, 2008 Cards.
More people will watch Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider II than tune in for Super Bowl XLVI. Both audiences will leave completely unsatisfied.
Most of America is probably sick at the fact that NY & Boston are sending teams to the Super Bowl. It could be worse, Philly could be going.
Giants vs Patriots in the Super Bowl and all is right with the world.
Fortunately, no matter which team wins the Super Bowl, there will be a group of obnoxious fans to remind you about it for months.
Patriots and Giants. Man, I am really looking forward to the Super Bowl... commercials.
Awesome day for the NFL, terrible day for Twitter. Better hit up Fry's for a server or two before the Super Bowl.
Rob Lowe is reporting that Eli Manning will play in the Super Bowl.
As you can see, not all sports fans are certain that the rematch will satisfy their Super Bowl appetites. One thing the Twitterverse could agree on, however, was that it was a bad day for Raven's kicker Billy Cundiff, who missed a game-tying kick in pretty embarrassing fashion; and also Kyle Williams, who fumbled away the 49er' chances in overtime.
FUTURE BREAKING NEWS - Billy Cundiff murdered, Ray Lewis believed to be prime suspect.
Dr Drew considering two-hour playoff special w guests Ike Taylor, Lee Evans, Billy Cundiff, Kyle Williams.
So who was the worst yesterday... Billy Cundiff, Kyle Williams or Stephen Tyler and his 'national anthem'?
The Harbaugh bros will do a live reading of their new book "Billy Cundiff, Kyle Williams and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day"
I'd like to wish Billy Cundiff a very merry Kickmiss.
"I'm not Kyle Williams!" - Tonight's Billy Cundiff pickup line.
Despite your initial feelings about the upcoming game, we can all agree that if any play comes close to the awesomeness of this, it will have been a successful game:
Oh and if not, there's always the fact that it's the Super Bowl, which means lots of beer and lots of food. So nobody really loses, right?