David Tyree’s miraculous catch with 1:05 left in Super Bowl XLII will always be the quintessential moment of that thrilling championship game.
But if there was one play that was acts as a microcosm of how that game played out in 2008, it was Jay Alford’s crucial sack of Tom Brady with 25 seconds left.
In a game that included five New York Giants sacks against the heavily-favored New England Patriots, Alford, an unknown rookie from Northwestern, broke through the New England line and took down the superstar, Brady, to help clinch the New York win.
Alford no longer plays for New York, but pass rushers Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka still do. These three, along with the young sack master Jason Pierre-Paul, propelled the Giants to another Super Bowl.
And just like four years ago, New York’s defensive line will be the most important unit during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
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