A Rhode Island high-school freshman is rooting for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl because of his special connection with cornerback and punt returner Will Blackmon
Super, but not in typical fashion. The Giants heavily relied on the arm of Eli Manning and two game-changing special teams plays to outlast the 49ers.
A pessimist will tell you that there are no moral victories in the NFL. Roger Goodell does not count them when he sends teams into the postseason.
Blackmon, who was signed as a free agent in late October, hurt his knee against Philadelphia on Dec. 19 and missed Sunday’s game in Green Bay.