Eli Manning has gone from the city's key scapegoat to earning the keys of the city.
The Giants pulled out all stops on Super Sunday, claiming their fourth ring in franchise history and asserting their dominance on the world's biggest stage for professional sports.
It was an inconceivable, serpentine road to the Lombardi Trophy in 2011. Big Blue began the season with a plethora of unproven starters and injured defensive stars. At one point, the team was a mere 7-7.
Yet Eli and company have always had a flair for dramatic and 2011 had New Yorkers perpetually shuddering, crossing fingers and jumping for joy.
From Jason Pierre-Paul's blocked field goal in Dallas, to Victor Cruz' 99-yard catch-and-run against the Jets to Mario Manningham's already-storied Super Bowl sideline grab, it was a remarkable year for the G-Men.
Let's take a look at the NFL champs' top plays of 2011.