There are just so many incredible aspects of this play. As a Giants fan, it still gives me the chills. It is simply the greatest play in Super Bowl history.
First off, the stakes. Yes, this being a Super Bowl list, the stakes are as high as possible. But Tyree made the catch on their final drive in the fourth quarter, down 14-10, with only 59 seconds remaining.
It was a third-and-five, so an incomplete pass leads to a fourth down and puts the Giants in a very difficult situation. But as the play began to unfold, the Giants would have taken an incompletion, as Eli Manning looked like he was certainly going to be sacked, forcing the Giants into a fourth and long.
But Eli somehow escaped the grasp of defensive end Jarvis Green and a collapsing pocket, scrambled out of the pocket, and fired a rocket down field to David Tyree.
Now onto the catch.
Coming into the game, Tyree had four catches for 35 yards all season. He was known primarily as the Giants' best gunner on special teams, but never as a receiving threat.
In the Super Bowl alone, he had three catches for 43 yards and the Giants first touchdown (which gave them a 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter).
But Tyree saved his heroics for the final minute when he jumped up, pinned the ball to his helmet (all while being hit by future Hall-of-Fame safety Rodney Harrison), and kept possession.
The Patriots came into the game 18-0, seeking to become the second team in NFL history to go through an entire season undefeated.
They left 18-1, thanks to the greatest play in Super Bowl history.