The New York Giants got out to a commanding 38-14 lead in the third quarter, benefitting from three touchdown connections between wide receiver Amani Toomer and quarterback Kerry Collins. The San Francisco 49ers appeared on their way to a lopsided defeat.
Yet, Jeff Garcia would not let his team lose, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for another as the 49ers rallied to take a 39-38 lead late in the game.
The Giants still had one last possession, and they marched the ball down to the San Francisco 23-yard line. If kicker Matt Bryant could convert a 41-yard field goal, New York would emerge victorious despite the late collapse.
However, a bad snap on the field-goal attempt led to an aborted play, and placeholder Matt Allen scrambled to his right with the football looking for a receiver. He heaved a pass downfield toward Giants lineman Rich Seubert, but the pass fell incomplete, sealing the 49ers win.
The NFL would later admit that pass interference should have been called on the play, which would have allowed the Giants one last field-goal attempt.