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On This Day: The Helmet Catch

Nine years ago today one of the most memorable Super Bowls, and most memorable plays in a Super Bowl, happened. Super Bowl XLII was played between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. The game resulted in a Giants 17-14 win.

Heading into the game the Patriots were the overwhelming favorites, having gone 16-0 up to that point. The Giants however struggled early in the season, but seemed to heat up towards the end. Still the Giants would have to play essentially perfect to beat the Patriots on the biggest stage in sports.

The entire game was tight. The game remained 10-7 Giants for a while until the Patriots finally scored with about 2:40 left to go in the game, which made it 14-10 Patriots. On a crucial third down and five from about their own 44, the giants completed one of the greatest plays in football history.

Manning Snapped the ball and the pocket collapsed on him within seconds. After it looked like there was no possible way that he could have gotten out of the sea of Patriot defensive linemen, he emerges. He threw a high arching  ball down the field that seemed to be in the air for minutes. It came down to a fifty-fifty ball. Giants receiver David Tyree somehow came down with the ball with Patriots DB Rodney Harrison all over him. The only way he could bring in the catch was by pinning the ball with one of his hands to his helmet. This set the Giants up inside their own 25 and led to the eventual game winning catch from Plaxico Burress.

We had an event with both Eli Manning and David Tyree where they discussed their fondest Super Bowl Memories.




 Watch the full interview here:


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