The Catch: David Tyree Highlights Super Bowl XLII

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IFebruary 4, 2008


That's how the phenomenal catch was explained by the one who caught it, David Tyree.

The  Livingston, New Jersey native played high school football for the Montclair Mounties, (and earned an  All-American selection by Blue Chip Illustrated), then carried his success to Syracuse.

After his tenure with the Orangemen, David Tyree entered the 2003 NFL Draft, and was taken in the sixth round by the New York Giants.

Tyree's rookie year with the Giants was a good one, with 211 yards receiving on 16 receptions. No touchdowns.

Last year, Tyree caught 19 balls for 197 yards, and two touchdowns.

This season he had four receptions, without any scores.

Until the Super Bowl on February 3rd, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona.

Tyree was the holder of the Giant's first touchdown on Sunday night. It was a simple five-yarder midway through the fourth quarter, capping Manning's incredible six play, 80-yard drive. That score put New York on top of the New England Patriots 10-7.

After a Patriot touchdown and kickoff, the Giant's again found themselves with a long field in front of them. This time, however, they were down by four with 2:39 left in the game and all timeouts remaining.

Two plays and 20 yards later, thanks to Amani Toomer, New York had the adrenaline pumping full blast. I doubt anybody felt any pain during those last few minutes.

Shortly after a successful fourth down dive, the Giant's were facing a third and five at their own 44 yard line.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride selected the play called "Phantom,"  where the receiver runs a post route and then turns inside, looking for the ball.

Surrounded by a collapsing pocket, Manning found himself in a heap of trouble. Patriot linebacker Adalius Thomas had a handful of his jersey, and the drive seemed destined for another fourth-down.

Not so fast.

Manning astonishingly escapes from his pursuers, and heaves the ball down field.

There is an unwritten rule among receivers; if the quarterback is in trouble, GET OPEN. It doesn't matter if you don't follow your route, just as long as you get open.

Tyree ran to the middle of the field and jumped as high as he could. He later said that his vertical is maybe 30 inches.  He says that he probably has the worst vertical leap on the team. 

Tyree, amidst Rodney Harrison's flailing arms, leaps up, grabs the ball, and on the way down, presses the ball against his helmet to secure it.

Tyree fell backwards directly on top of Harrison so his knees, shoulders, and rear end didn't touch the ground until he had full possession of the ball.

Unable to challenge the play so late in the game, the Patriot's could only stand and watch the incredible catch. 

Tyree got up, ran to the sideline, received congratulations from Jared Lorenzen, and watched the next play.

Manning eventually completed a pass to Burress, who ran a perfect slant-and-go and was wide open in the left corner of the end zone.

After four useless heaves from Brady, the Giant's found themselves as Super Bowl champions.

Was the catch by David Tyree better than Dwight Clark's reception back in 1982? Maybe.

Will there be a new play that is being referred to when "The Catch" is mentioned? Possibly.

Was Tyree's catch one of the best ever?