With the big game right around the corner, it’s important as Giants fans that we relive some of the best moments in our team’s Super Bowl History.
The Giants are 3-1 all-time in the Super Bowl and will hope to earn their fourth win Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Of course, there can always be a debate about any top-plays list, but here is my ranking of the top five Giants Super Bowl moments:
5) “I’m Going to Disney World”
The fifth best moment isn’t exactly a play in the game, but it’s more about the aftermath of the game. After trailing 10-9 at halftime, the Giants had a huge second half in Super Bowl XXI, outscoring the Denver Broncos 30-10 en route to a 39-20 victory and the team’s first-ever Super Bowl win.
Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms finished the game 22-of-25 with 268 passing yards and three touchdowns and still owns the Super Bowl record with an 88 percent completion rate.
After the game, Simms coined the famous phrase, “I’m going to Disney World,” which has become a Super Bowl tradition.
4) Mark Ingram’s Third-Down Conversion
Super Bowl XXV was a tight battle throughout the entire game. One of the defining moments came right after the start of the second half. The Giants trailed the Buffalo Bills 12-10, but Big Blue put together a 14-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
The highlight of this drive came as the Giants faced third-and-13. Quarterback Jeff Hostetler hit wide receiver Mark Ingram well short of the first-down marker, but Ingram proceeded to break through five Bills’ tacklers to pick up 14 yards on the play—just enough for the first down.
Later that drive, running back Ottis Anderson rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Giants the lead.
3) Wide Right
Plain and simple, “Wide Right” says it all.
Up 20-19, the Giants gave Hall of Fame Bills quarterback Jim Kelly one final chance to lead a game-winning drive in the closing minutes of Super Bowl XXV.
Kelly drove the Bills into Giants’ territory, setting up kicker Scott Norwood with a 47-yard game-winning field goal attempt. Norwood’s kick had plenty of distance, but it sailed wide right—giving the Giants their second Super Bowl victory within a five-year period. (Sound familiar? The current Giants will attempt the exact same feat).
The Bills’ loss started a streak of four consecutive Super Bowl defeats.
2) Plaxico Burress’ Fade Route
The Giants’ final drive in Super Bowl XLII against the Patriots was certainly a rollercoaster ride.
But Eli Manning and company were somehow able to drive the ball down to the Patriots’ 13-yard line with about 40 seconds to play.
The Giants line up trips receivers left, which left Plaxico Burress in single coverage against Pats’ cornerback Ellis Hobbs. Manning noticed this mismatch right away and change the play at the line.
Burress caught the fade pass in the corner of the endzone, cementing the Giants epic 17-14 Super Bowl win.
1) The Catch
Where were you when the Berlin Wall came down?
Where were you when JFK was shot?
Where were you when man first landed on the moon?
And where were you when David Tyree somehow held onto one of the greatest catches in football history?
Besides Big Blue faithful, not too many football fans knew about David Tyree before the Super Bowl. He started gaining recognition earlier in the game when he caught the Giants’ first touchdown.
However, it was his miraculous one-handed, leaping grab that he secured against his helmet that made him a household name.
Not to be forgotten on that play, Manning did a Harry Houdini impression by escaping from three potential sacks that would have killed the drive. He somehow kept his balance and heaved the pass downfield, as Tyree out-jumped Pro Bowl safety Rodney Harrison on the play.
This play will forever be included on lists of the top Super Bowl moments. Hopefully, the Giants can create a few more of these moments Sunday against the Pats—just maybe not as stressful as this catch.
The Top 11 Giants Super Bowl Moments, from which this Top 5 list was compiled, was originally featured on Newsday.com/sports.
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