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.