As a huge New York Giants football fan, this picture is one of the most important photos to me. This is the famous “helmet catch” by David Tyree that led to the Giants beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII 17-14.
The Giants ruined the Patriots 16-0 perfect season and created one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
This picture was taken late in the game as the Giants were down 10-14. On third down with nearly a minute left and what seemed like a sack on third down to end the game, Eli Manning some how got out of the sack and heaved the ball 32-yards down to the Patriots 24-yard line.
David Tyree leaped in the air and caught the ball on his helmet, holding on as he fell to the ground. This ended up seeing the drive alive as Manning threw a touchdown to wide open Plaice Burress in the end zone putting the Giants ahead of the Patriots with just 35 seconds left on the clock.
Up until last night, this was arguably one of the best catches in Super Bowl history, to me it is and always will be one of the greatest catches. This image captures the great play and the emotions that followed their huge win an upset.
This photo is of Giants quarterback Eli Manning holding up the Lombardi Trophy after they beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. Manning won MVP for the second time against the Patriots as they repeated their victory for the second time in 4 years.
This photo means a lot to me because it was after they had won their second Super Bowl against the Patriots and I was so excited they pulled it off as the game had come down to the final seconds just as the previous one had.
Tom Brady and the Patriots may have won another Super Bowl last night in one of the greatest comebacks of all time, but they are still undefeated against Manning and the Giants.
Looking back on these two photos reminds me of how happy and excited I was on both of these legendary February nights.