When it comes to playoff Hail Marys, the Giants receivers are apparently blessed with super human powers. This is their time to shine, and their time to pull of the improbable.
Hakeem Nicks solidified this notion with an improbable catch to draw the first half of the Giants' divisional round game with the Packers to a close.
The catch will go in the record books as a 37-yard touchdown pass, but it was much more than that. This was not a receiver breaking open and running into the endzone, this was a man possessed going up in a crowd and coming down with a jump ball.
This catch was clearly not as dramatic as David Tyree's physics defying grab in the Super Bowl, but it was stunning nonetheless.
Nicks tracked the ball early and boxed out two defenders like he was trying to pull down a rebound. He then got the ball at its highest point, and held on despite the swiping and clubbing arm of a Packers defender.
The catch allowed the Giants to extend their lead and enter the locker room up 20-10.
It needs to be noted that this play would have never happened if it were not for running back Ahmad Bradshaw. On the previous play, with just 15 seconds left and on third and one, the Giants seemed content to run out the clock with a delayed handoff to Bradshaw.
Bradshaw picked 23 yards, and even more importantly he was able to elude numerous Packers' defenders to get out of bounds and stop the clock. The Giants were out of timeouts.
It was a remarkable close to an entertaining half of football.
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