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Sunday, February 5, 2012
No definitive favorite in this Super Bowl

By Jamison Hensley

INDIANAPOLIS -- If the pregame predictions are any indication, this will be a very, very closely contested Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

In the SportsNation poll, it's split right down the middle -- 50 percent say the Giants and 50 percent say the Patriots. This poll has included votes from 760,000 fans and comes an hour before kickoff.

It's almost as close on the predictions on ESPN.com: 39 picked the Giants and 32 went with the Patriots.

This is a tough one to call because both teams are confident and are on a hot streak. The Patriots have won 10 straight games (their last loss came Nov. 6 against the Giants). The Giants' winning streak is only at five games, but New York defeated the top two seeds in the NFC to reach the Super Bowl.