2. Super Bowl XLII, Giants vs. Patriots, 2008
The New England Patriots rolled into the Super Bowl with an 18-0 record and the chance to go down in the history books as the first undefeated team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to win a championship. Tom Brady and Randy Moss each had record-setting seasons for the Pats—Moss had 23 touchdown receptions, Brady 50 touchdown passes—but none of that mattered once the teams faced off at University of Phoenix Stadium.
After a not-so-exciting first three quarters that saw a combined 10 points for the two teams, things really started to heat up in the fourth quarter. The Giants took a 10-7 lead after a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to David Tyree (don’t forget that name) before the Patriots stormed back with a touchdown pass to—who else?—Moss, to take a 14-10 lead. With just over two minutes remaining, the Patriots’ perfect season was within reach, but the Giants weren’t done yet.
On 3rd-and-5 with the Giants’ season hanging in the balance, Manning took the snap and immediately found himself hounded by three Patriots players. Jarvis Green and Richard Seymour each had a hand on Manning’s jersey, but the quarterback somehow broke free of the pressure and launched a deep ball toward Tyree for what many call the greatest play in Super Bowl history: Tyree made a one-handed catch and pinned the ball against his helmet, giving the Giants the first down. A few plays later, Manning hit Plaxico Burress in the end zone for what would be the game-winning touchdown. Perfect season over. Giants win.Back to top