In response to wozzy's comment:

In this case both hitters had the same amount of at bats, so if my math is bad then you're stoned.

Both teams had equal possessions, it's the job of the offense to score points. This isn't a statistics class or advanced physics, it's football. The points per drive average is the dumbest pile of turd that the finesse offense fanatics have heaped on us yet.

It's no longer the offense's fault if they don't score points and turn the ball over... it's the defense's fault. Brilliant logic...

Here is a better example. Team A gets the ball 8 times on offense and scored TDs on every single drive for a total of 56 points. Team B gets the ball 12 times and scores 8 TDs and a FG for a total of 59 points. Which offense played better? By your logic Team B did since total points is what you claim matters. This is obviously crazy since Team A scored a TD EVERY TIME THEY HAD THE BALL. The point is not that both teams in a game have the same number of possessions. It's that the number of possessions puts a ceiling on how many points you can score. Team A couldn't score more than 56 points (unless they did 2 pt conversions) because they only had the ball 8 times. So spouting off about how the offense averaged 35 points a game is silly when they got that average by usually having more than the 8 chances to score they had in the SB. I happen to disagree with some of the other posters here who I think absolve NE's offense too much, but it is incredibly obvious that looking at the headline point totals in a game that the Giants made a concerted effort to shorten is shortsighted.