As of early Friday evening, the New York Football Giants had two of their five Super Bowl appearances in four of the finalists for NFL Network’s “Greatest” finishes to a Super Bowl.
Scott Norwood’s “wide right” with eight seconds to Super Bowl XXV was on the list. Back in 1990, it was pretty exciting after Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly drove his team down to the Giants 29-yard line, with the scoreboard reading “20-19,” in the Giants’ favor up until that point. That now infamous missed 47-yard field goal is a large part of that game’s lore.
One of the other non-blue nominated Super Bowls was down-to-the-wire XXXIV — where with six seconds left, the St. Louis Rams’ linebacker Mike Jones literally stopped the Tennessee Titans’ wideout Kevin Dyson on the one-yard line as time expired. Tennessee needed 10 yards to score and win, but instead, got nine yards and an all-pro leg tackle. That game and all hopes were gone for Titans quarterback Steve “Air” McNair and running back Eddie George at 23-16, final.
Former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spangnuolo’s defense holding the New England Patriots' most prolific (18-0, soon to be 18-1) offense and quarterback Tom Brady to 14 total points was a feat in itself. Holding the Pats for 35 more seconds after an incredible Big Blue scoring drive (that included wide receiver David Tyree’s helmet catch and ended with Plaxico Burress’ touchdown from Eli Manning with 39 seconds left) was only part of the miracle season leading up to Super Bowl XLII. It was the second Blue bowl up for one of the ultimate endings that will always hear defensive end Michael Strahan quip, “17-14. Believe it and it will happen."
The last nominee was the following year — Super Bowl XLIII. This candidate is a bit controversial — mainly due to a booth review that had to be involved. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger used his favorite target on their final drive of this game — wide receiver Santonio Holmes who caught a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone with 35 seconds remaining. Holmes landed with his toes in bounds, according to that aforementioned booth review, so the touchdown stood, leaving the score at 27–23 not in favor of the underdog Arizona Cardinals. Cards quarterback Kurt Warner did move the ball to the Steelers 44 yard line, but with 15 seconds left, Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley forced Warner to fumble during a sack and Pittsburgh’s defensive end Brett Keisel recovered that fumble. The last five seconds were run out and Warner’s chance at another Lombardi was gone.
By 8:35 PM EST, the NFL Total Access had their little piece on and announced that Super Bowl XLIII had won with 40% of the vote. XXV had 6%, XXXIV had 25% and XLII had 29%.
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