The New England Patriots, with their little spot in history on the line, face the New York Giants, a sleeper team that roared through the postseason to challenge their Northeast brethren in Super Bowl XLII.
Danny Ware, a former Rockmart High standout and current rookie on the Giants squad, has been on location with the team this past week in the desert of Arizona and has been able to take in the atmosphere first-hand.
A long way, for sure, from the recreation field at the Nathan Dean Athletic Complex in Rockmart.
He even got to get in on the circus that is Media Day last Tuesday when he taped a segment for NBCs The Tonight Show with American Idol star Kellie Pickler. Wares appearance aired on Friday night.
It was just fun, Ware said. The guys went out there and had a good time. It was a great time and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Now though, the two teams are ready to battle for supremacy on the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Its going to be a tough, difficult game, said Ware, who left for the NFL last year after his junior season at Georgia. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes is going to be the team that wins.
The running back, who could see time on special teams in tonights game pending a game-time decision, said that although the Patriots have a streak to play for, the two teams are very similar.
We both have that die-hard, play-tough-until-the-clock-reads-zero mentality, Ware said. Its going to be a tough game and both teams are going to be physical but its going to be fun though.
But he was aware that the odds are definitely against the Giants a 12-point underdog and said that it wasnt much different than how they got to where they are today.
A lot of people didnt think we would be in the postseason anyway so we use that as our motivation nobody gives us a chance, Ware said. One of our sayings is Why not us? and I think everybody buys into that.