Originally written on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 7/3/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to throw a pass against the Atlanta Falcons on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Eli Manning hoists the Lombardy Trophy after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46. Photo courtesy of Washington Post

Frank Gray
BGB Editor

With the Fourth of July comes the inevitable fireworks sessions we all will enjoy. However, New York Giants fans have had their share of fireworks they enjoyed last season. With that theme in mind, here is a list of the top five moments that made last season so memorably explosive.


No. 5) Tynes is clutch again: On January 22, 2012, the Giants faced the San Francisco 49ers in an overtime thriller for the chance to go to the Super Bowl. It was a tense NFC Championship showdown. 49ers kick returner Kyle Williams fumbles twice in the game. The second time set up a chance for Lawrence Tynes to kick a game-winning field goal to advance the Giants to the Super Bowl. Tynes didn't miss. The Giants won the game 20-17 as a direct result of that sequence of events.

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No. 4) J.P.P. blocks a field goal: It was December 11, 2011 and the Dallas Cowboys were attempting a game-tying field goal as time expired. The Giants called a time out in an attempt to ice the Cowboys kicker. The next play, the Giants special teams drove through, crashing the line and allowing Jason Pierre-Paul to get just enough of an angle to block the attempt and secure the victory for the Giants. That moment, along with the win, allowed the Giants to gain the momentum that catapulted them into a playoff run.

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No. 3) Cruz goes 99 yards vs Jets: It was Christmas Eve 2011 and the Giants faced the cross-town rival Jets for city supremacy. They were down early and needed a spark as the first half was coming to a close. Victor Cruz provided just the spark they required. On a simple out route to the sideline, Cruz made multiple Jets defenders miss and exploded his way down the field for a shocking Giants TD. That change of momentum helped the Giants win the game and solidify their run toward the playoffs. It also sealed the fate of the Jets, all but eliminating them from playoff contention.

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No. 2) Mario's Super moment: It was Super Bowl 46. The Giants faced the Patriots for the second time in four years. Also, for the second time in four years, they were underdogs. Trailing 17-15 with just 3:45 to go in the game, Eli Manning lobbed a perfectly thrown pass down the sideline. The pass was placed in a spot where only his receiver, Mario Manningham, could bring it down, and that's exactly what he did. The catch led to a TD drive and an eventual coronation of the Champion New York Giants.

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No. 1) Eli's Hail Mary gets answered: The Giants needed a big play to exercise the ghosts of Lambeau Field four years ago. They needed it again this past season. That's what they got. On January 15, 2012, they faced the Green Bay Packers in a Divisional Playoff showdown for the chance to go to the NFC Championship. They were underdogs to the Packers having lost to them at home just a few weeks before.

At the end of the first half, the Giants held a slim 13-10 lead over the Packers and they had possession one last time before the end of the half. Eli Manning heaved a pass into the end zone for one lats chance at points. When doing so, he   kept Lawrence Tynes and a field goal attempt on the side line. Through multiple defenders Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks used his strong hands and great size to come down with the score and a lead the Giants would not relinquish.

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In the end, it was the swing of momentum the team needed and would use to go on to another improbable playoff run. One that was as explosive as it was memorable. All of these moments were exceptional by themselves, but combined, they add to the tapestry of legend that is New York Giants football.



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