Monday, January 23, 2012

Quant Facts now 26-16

The NY Giants defeated the SF 49ers, 20-17 in overtime, dropping our quant fact predictions to 26-16 in published plays.  It was a great win for the "big play" Giants -- and conversely, a difficult loss for the 49ers.  It will be a long off-season for San Francisco and Kyle Williams, who had two fumbles on punt returns (as he substituted for the 49ers' regular punt returner, injured Ted Ginn, Jr.).

During the regular season, San Francisco played a very clean brand of football (in terms of turnovers), tying an NFL record with just 10 giveaways -- including none on special teams.  However, the New York Giants have been playing great "big play" football and are peaking at the right time.  The (bad) breaks caught up to the 49ers at a bad time for San Francisco.

The Giants now advance to the Super Bowl, where they will face the Patriots in a rematch of SB XLII four years ago.  Stay tuned for more Super Bowl info...