It seems as if the entire country—minus New England—will be rooting for the New York Giants. But, let's develop this topic for a moment.
The extraordinary popularity of Boston-based sports teams derives from two factors: A built-in market of six states plus a huge number of alumni, from the many colleges and prep schools located in the region.
As to this particular game, many people are simply tired of the Tom Brady narrative. You know...Sixth-round draft choice who becomes an NFL superstar, and sets a host of records, marrying a supermodel along the way. He also breaks the heart of a Hollywod actress, Bridget Moynahan (and knocks her up). As to Gisele Bündchen, when she and Brady renewed their vows in 2009, two paparazzi claimed that they were shot at.
I don't know about you, but I would prefer that a first round draft choice like Eli Manning become the story instead. It took some stones to tell the Chargers that if they drafted him, he would not play for the team. Even John Elway would allow any team close to the west coast to draft him.
Eschewing a supermodel, Manning married his Ole Miss sweetheart, and never seems to have dated a movie star.