The New York Giants were heavy underdogs against the New England Patriots heading into Super Bowl XLII. The 2007 Patriots had been shattering all types of records and were on course for the first perfect season since the 1972 Dolphins. The widely held belief was that the Giants, although a pretty solid team, didn’t stand a chance against the juggernaut Patriots on the brink of history. And this, in spite of the fact that the Giants had given the Pats their stiffest test of the regular season, a narrow 38-35 New England victory in Week 17.
Ultimately, the Giants proved their naysayers wrong in the Super Bowl, going toe-to-toe with the Patriots yet again. With less than three minutes to play in the game and his team trailing 14-10, New York quarterback Eli Manning led his team on a 12-play, 83-yard, game-winning drive. The signature moment occurred on third down and five yards to go, with 1:15 remaining and the ball at the New York 44-yard line. Manning miraculously eluded several Patriots in hot pursuit and threw a pass to David Tyree, who somehow pressed the ball against his helmet to make the catch. This pivotal, drive-sustaining play led to Plaxico Burress’ game-winning touchdown three plays later.