Giants vs. Patriots: G-Men Win Super Bowl as Mario Manningham Plays David Tyree

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2012

Manningham made the catch that will go down in New York sports history.
Manningham made the catch that will go down in New York sports history.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The New York Giants are Super Bowl champions again. 

The Giants and New England Patriots were faced with the impossible task of replicating the brilliance of Super Bowl XLII four years ago.

It was unlikely that this game had any chance to do so.

The game did more than replicate the magic of Super Bowl XLII; it surpassed it. 

There were many plays that will be remembered for years to come, but no more memorable than Mario Manningham's catch on the sideline on the game-winning drive. 

There was going to be a play made by one team that would define the game. Eli Manning and Manningham made that play. 

Manningham's catch was one of the most spectacular catches in Super Bowl history. It was guided by a pinpoint throw from Manning.

Trailing 17-15 with 3:46 remaining, the Giants took control of the ball on their own 12-yard line. Manning took the snap and found Manningham as he trailed toward the sidelines. With two defenders in the area, Manningham went up and brought down a 38-yard prayer.

Initially, it looked as though there was no way that Manningham's feet were in bounds. Bill Belichick had no option but to challenge the play. Even he knew that it was eerily similar to the Tyree catch, and he feared the outcome. 

A quick glance at the replay proved otherwise.

The catch was perfect. 

The challenge was unsuccessful, and it wasted a crucial New England timeout.

Manningham did his best David Tyree impression, and from that point forward, it seemed like a lock that the Giants were on their way to another victory over Tom Brady and the mighty Patriots.

New York continued downfield to score a touchdown and take a four-point lead with 57 seconds remaining. 

The play will be remembered along with Tyree's spectacular catch. Manningham's catch seemed just as miraculous as Tyree's catch four years ago. 

It seemed impossible that any one play could compete with Tyree's helmet magic in 2008, but Manningham might have outdone him in 2012.

The debate can begin as to which catch had more significance and more meaning, however, both plays warranted the same result: a victory parade in New York for the world champions.