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Super Bowl XLVI: The Battle of 2 Elite Quarterbacks

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:    Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after the New York Giants 24-20 win on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Eddie RavertContributor IIFebruary 2, 2012

The clash of the titans is taking place on Sunday in one of the world's most famous sporting events.

In a rematch of the Super Bowl four years ago, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will battle Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

Two east coast teams going at it for the Lombardi Trophy in Indianapolis may seem rather uninteresting to a national audience, but this game is much more than simply an east-coast battle.

Early this season, Manning said he sees himself as an elite quarterback in the NFL. This raised many eyebrows because he is not perceived that way in the court of public opinion.

Tom Brady, on the other hand, is the poster-child for elite quarterbacks. The sixth-round pick out of Michigan already has three Super Bowl victories, in which he won two MVPs.

That's beyond elite. Many quarterbacks that are considered elite don't even win one Super Bowl ring, like Boomer Esiason and Dan Marino.

However in Manning's defense, this is his chance to prove his case. He has played lights out during the playoffs to lead the Giants to the Super Bowl (when they barely snuck into the playoffs).

Manning threw for 316 yards, two touchdowns and had zero turnovers against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, and the 49ers are seen as one of the toughest defenses in all the NFL.

Tom Brady, meanwhile, has had a rather lackluster playoffs.

In his own words after the Patriots beat the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, "Well I sucked pretty bad today but our defense saved us. I'm going to go out and try and to do a better job in a couple of weeks."

He has that opportunity on February 5th, but it won't come easy.

Super Bowl XLVI is certainly surrounded by a lot of hype, especially at the quarterback position.

But also, two legendary coaches are battling it out in Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin. Belichick has already secured his spot in the Hall of Fame, but if Coughlin can beat the slight favorites, he will likely be in contention for a spot in Canton.

If all else fails, the 2012 Super Bowl is looking to be a fun, action-packed 60 minutes of football, so get your popcorn ready for Super Bowl XLVI. 

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