It was quite possibly the greatest Super Bowl ever played, and every Giants fan will always remember exactly where they were when they watched it.
The Giants weren't supposed to be there, and the Patriots were supposed to be unbeatable. New England had been an offensive buzzsaw all year, setting records and leaving defenses in their wake. Wes Welker darted over, around and through secondaries. Randy Moss seemed as though he could score just about whenever he wanted. Heck, they could even run the ball when they felt like it. And everything was orchestrated by Tom Brady, who came as close to flawless as you can get in 2007.
There was only one problem: New York simply didn't care. The Giants front four bottled up Laurence Maroney and terrorized Brady, sacking him five times (two from Justin Tuck, who was downright unstoppable all night.)
Eli and the offense did their part, keeping Brady on the sideline for much of the game. New England didn't even get the ball until they were down 3-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter, and it was a slugfest from there.
Early in the fourth, Manning hit David Tyree in the back of the end zone to give New York the lead, and it looked as if the unthinkable might just happen. But then Brady went all surgical on the Giants secondary, finding Moss for a touchdown, and the old script started being written again. These were the Patriots after all, and this was what the Patriots did.
The Giants took the field with two and a half minutes left and 83 yards in front of them, and Eli Manning permanent etched his name permanently into Giants lore. Following a couple of completions (and one heart-stopping fourth down conversion by Brandon Jacobs), New York had a 3rd-and-5 from near midfield.
Manning was swarmed by Adalius Thomas, but kept battling, eventually fighting out of the pocket and scrambling backwards. He uncorked what seemed to be a blind heave into the middle of the field. Tyree went up for it, taking the ball away from Rodney Harrison and pinning it against his helmet on the way down for one of the most miraculous catches in football history.
Manning then hit Burress for a touchdown, and New York had slayed the giant.