Super Bowl 42 – “Greatest” of All-Time?

Strahan with the Lombadi

How can you argue that this was not the greatest of all the Super Bowls? You had one of the greatest quarters played, one of the greatest catches and one of the greatest comebacks in history.

The three lead changes you had in the 4th quarter was a SB record. With the Giants trailing 7-3 entering the quarter, Eli Manning looking like the quarterback a lot of people expected him to be hit little used David Tyree with a 5 yard passing score after the Tynes extra point the Giants led the Pats 10-7.  At the 7:54 mark of the 4th the Patriots went on a 12 play 80 yard drive taking 5:12 off the clock as Brady hit Moss after the defender fell down at the goal line. This left the Giants with 2:42 to pull out a miracle.

That’s when Manning and the Giants went on a 12 play 83 yard drive using up 2:07 of the game clock. The greatest catch maybe in Super Bowl history came at the 1:15 mark when Manning seemed dead in the water and pulled a Houdini and hit Tyree with a 32 yard completion to the Patriots 24. Tyree had to not only out jump Rodney Harrison for the football but he had to fight him for it on the way down to the ground while holding the ball with one hand on his helmet. Now mind you Tyree had 4 catches for 35 yards the entire season. That to me just shows the maturity and confidence that Eli Manning had in his teammates.

Of course topping it off the great adjustment the Plaxico Burress made on the fade route the left corner of the end zone. Plax love him or hate him has been a gamer all year long playing with multiple injuries. After that score the Pats got the ball back with :35 seconds and 3 time outs left you new they still may have a chance. The Giants defense would have none of that though as rookie Jay Alford sacked Brady for a 10 yard loss with :25 seconds left. After their first time out the Patriots came out and tried to go deep to Randy Moss but Cory Webster made a great play to deny Moss the catch. Another time out is called with :10 seconds left and the next play the Pats went to Moss again who was well covered and denied the ball again. Eli takes a knee with a second left, game over.

All in all you can definitely make arguments for Super Bowl 3, 13 or even my choice before tonight Super Bowl 23.

Congratulations to the New York Giants – Champions of Super Bowl 42 the greatest ever played.

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5 Responses to “Super Bowl 42 – “Greatest” of All-Time?”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    Are you kidding me Al… ???!!!?

    No way is this even close to the best Super Bowl of All-Time.

    And how could you even mention SB III in this discussion… SB XIII is definitely up there in the Top 3… Your right on that 1.

    I think you mean the Biggest Upset in Super Bowl History – as this one ranks up there w / SB III, XXV, XXXII, IV, and XXXVI.

    There’s a MAJOR Difference between best Super Bowls and biggest Upsets in Super Bowls!

    A Great SB has to be great for almost the entire 60 minutes… this game was close to just “sad” for the 1st 3 quarters other than NY’s Excellent Blizting and Pass Rushers with that 3-DE Set.

    This Super Bowl is one of the greatest Upsets in SB History but not even close to being the best Super Bowl of All-Time. It’s Borderline Top 10. I rank it still below SB’s X, XIV, and maybe even XVII.

    It’s in the Range of 9-12… Look @ my List and CHECK It out and tell me what you think.

    I barely watched any of the 3rd quarter – I turned it off, the offenses were both pathetic. Only good thing to watch was the NY Giants Defense. I turned on NFL Films Super Bowl XIV instead of the 3rd Quarter and watched a REAL, Legitimate “Top 10” Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers going up against the big-time underdog L.A. Rams. Jack Youngblood playing through the Playoffs with a broken leg and everything in the ROSE Bowl – from John Facenda’s Legendary narrating job to just the whole game itself w / Pittsburgh going into the 4th down 19-17, as they were expecting to DOMINATE once again.

    Steel Curtain pulls it through as probably the best SB dynasty next to the 49ers of the 80s. Bradshaw goes DEEP to STALLWORTH for 73 yards for a game-breaking, lead-changing TD that was just a crushing blow for the Rams. Ferragamo had a WR wide open to take the lead but opted to throw a pick to Lambert that sealed the deal late in the 4th. That game had it all – Quarters 1-4!!!!!!

    NY GIANTS/Pats had only 1 Good Quarter!!!!!!! How’s that the best SB of All-Time. That’s a JOKE!

    Best Super Bowl of All-Time is Super Bowl XXXII Denver 31 over GB 24! ELWAY and TD get the jobe done…

    2nd is Super Bowl XXV which could be the best… Norwood is wide right – Giants 20 Bills 19.

    This SB reminded me of SB XXV because of the high-powered Pats offense remsembling Kelly’s No-Huddle K-Gun offense with Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed – Giants in that game were dogs too…

    Giants in the 3rd quarter had the 2nd longest drive in SB history – only to the Giants’ 1st quarter drive in this year’s big game which set the tone for the entire contest.

    Look Back @ your Super Bowl History to make sure you RANK this one in its “PROPER” Place.


  2. Jesse says:

    Al, I get ya. Russ, u must have missed the game!!!!! It was definetly up there if not the best yet. The teams, the spotlight, the reasoning for perfection. Everything before the game built this game up (media or not) to be good. But then the 4th Q was great, and the emotions of the 1st three quarters…man I just couldn’t believe the Giants D were dominating the Pats. Its so amazing that the 18-0 team looked so lost out there. That’s one reason it was the best. Another was that catch by Tyree, and the comeback. Man, I can’t stop thinkin bout how good it was!!!!

  3. Jesse says:

    And of course, I’m not denying the great work u did, Russ, earlier on the S.B.s. Great stuff, but man I think I need to personally review it all to make a claim like 42 was the best…But today I think its one of the best S.B.s i’ve ever seen…live haha.

  4. Kyle Stack says:

    Super Bowl III was the greatest upset just for the impact it had on the NFL at the time. The AFL legitimized itself with that win. And at the time, a guaranteed win actually meant something because it was so rare that it happened.

    I think XLII was such a great game because of the drama, suspense, tension throughout the entire game. I don’t think sputtering offenses alone can or should dismiss a game as boring. I kept expecting the Pats to break out of their funk and was in awe partly at the Giants ferocious D and the Pats confounding lack of aggressiveness on O. It was that expectation of something happening that didn’t actually occur that kept my interest.

  5. hj says:

    I love how lack of action equals a lousy game to some of these ADD-ridden people. The first 3 quarters were great because it was a defensive battle. Not everyone can appreciate that, but it was full of tension, and I loved watching it. It all culminated of course with an exciting finish in the final quarter, but the entire game was great!