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“The Helmet Catch” Named Most Memorable Play in New York Giants History

July 11th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Not that there was ever really any doubt, but Eli Manning to David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII — also known as "The Helmet Catch" or "E-to-Tyree" — has been named "The Most Memorable Play" in New York Giants history.

Nearly 45,000 total votes were cast by fans of SportsNation and an overwhelming 72% of them went with the clutch play that helped propel Big Blue to a Super Bowl XLII victory over the then 18-0 New England Patriots.

"Knowing that as great as that catch was, as great as that moment was in my career, I knew essentially whether I was healthy or I continued to play on in my career, the truth of the matter was I was never going to have another moment in my career that was going to eclipse that,” Tyree once said of the catch.

In reality, there are precious few moments across the entire landscape of sports history that can compare with E-to-Tyree — not necessarily from an athletic standpoint, although that is certainly a part of it, but because of the dire circumstances and the exceptionally tall odds against them. It's a moment in professional sports history that cannot and will not ever be replicated or duplicated.

Meanwhile, coming in at No. 2 with 20% of the vote was Lawrence Taylor breaking the leg of Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, while the pessimistic nature of some Giants fans was on display at No. 3, as "Miracle at the Meadowlands" received the final 8% of the vote.


Tags: David Tyree, Eli Manning, Football, Joe Theismann, Lawrence Taylor, New England, New England Patriots, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Super Bowl XLII, Washington, Washington Redskins

5 Responses to ““The Helmet Catch” Named Most Memorable Play in New York Giants History”

  1.  kujo says:

    I watched the America’s Game of the ’07 at a restaurant recently. It was one of those insufferable “couple’s nights” with the wife and her pissy work-friends, where the other husbands are all semi-conscious while the girls gab on and on and on.

    Anyway, this was on one of the TVs across the bar and I was absolutely enthralled by it the entire time. Edge of my seat, even though I’d seen it no less than 25-30 times.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    No Giants fan should ever get tired of seeing that play, or any other part of that game. It still gets me excited just thinking about it. I think I was one of about 100 people in the world who actually gave the Giants a chance in that game, but having said that throughout the week before, my heart had sunk when Brady led that great drive down the field and Corey Webster played that slant poorly. What happened after that was as close to pure joy as I ever expect to get while watching sports.

  3.  Nosh.0 says:

    I can’t complain about this play although I still think Eli to Plax to win SB42 was a more memorable and exciting play in the moment.

    I also would have put wide right in ahead of the other 2 plays they nominated.

    Honorable mentions:
    Simms 4th and 17
    Matt Bahr ends niners 3 peat.
    Leonard Marshall Kills Joe Montana.
    Mark Ingram 3rd and 13
    Cruz goes 99 yards against Jets.
    Tynes hits OT FG @ GB.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    On another topic, let me state a few predictions and observations based upon a lunch I had today with some folks who are very much in the know:

    1) Ben McAdoo will be a Head Coach in the NFL by 2016, and it will probably be for the New York Giants. The guy is as impressive as hell. Carries himself in a way that makes the Harbaughs look like punks. He looks the part, acts the part, and is a really smart football guy whom people want to follow;

    2) Two of the survivors of the tight end competition will be Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Everyone else is fighting for the third spot;

    3) Coaches and players are stunned by how good Andre Williams can be;

    4) JPP is quite healthy and has the eye of the tiger. He is genuinely mad that he is being doubted;

    5) Within the team there is a strong feeling that they are FAR better than anyone realizes and that they can challenge for a championship this season. A number of veterans have said this is the best group of players they’ve seen put together in their careers; and

    6) Dave Merritt says outright that they have the best depth chart in the defensive backfield in the NFL and that there will be players cut who could instantly start for the Cowboys on Week 1; and

    7) Trindon Holliday is being looked at as a potentially deadly weapon by McAdoo, a scatback who is also tough and can be a game-changing receiver if they get the right match-ups by shifting him around.

    I’ll tell you this: there are a lot of insiders who think a LOT more highly of this team than do their fans and the pundits. It’s exciting to hear. These guys don’t blow smoke.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Oh, one other thing: one of the fullbacks WILL be on the team. There is no way they both get cut. I’ve thought that was a crazy idea anyway, but it seems to have had a life on Giants 101. Ain’t happening.

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