Super Bowl XLII can be summed up in six words; Third and five with 1:15 remaining.
Thanks to superb individual efforts by both Eli Manning and David Tyree the Giants were able to gain 32 yards and convert on the aforementioned third down. What looked to be a game that the Patriots had a firm grip on quickly unraveled and ended with the Giants securing the victory, and the Lombardi Trophy, with a touchdown four plays later.
But what if Eli Manning hadn’t been able to get that pass off? What if Patriots defensive end Jarvis Green could have kept a hold of his jersey and pulled him down for a sack leaving the Giants in fourth and long? Green came within mere inches of changing the outcome of the game entirely, but don’t ask him to lament that fact.
“I was out there and I could’ve made a play. I had my hands around Eli (Manning) but it didn’t happen so that’s the way it was meant to be,” Green told me.
“It hurt because we went out there and made a lot of plays but it just wasn’t enough. The guys that make the bigger plays at the bigger time, that’s what determines the outcome of the game. Eli made a big play avoiding the sack and Tyree made a big play coming down with it” Read more →