It was third and five from the New York Giants own 44-yard line. Trailing 10-14 with 1:15 remaining in Super Bowl XLII, Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped back to pass. It appeared multiple New England Patriots lineman had the QB in their grasp, but Manning miraculously escaped. Once free, he heaved the ball down the center of the field. Giants receiver David Tyree out-leaped Patriots defender Rodney Harrison and caught the ball with one hand. Tyree fell to the ground with the football pinned against his helmet. The amazing catch was good for 32 yards and a first down. With the Patriots defense on their heels, the Giants continued their drive and eventually scored the game-winning touchdown. Not only did the Giants win their third Super Bowl, but they ended the Patriots’ quest for a perfect season. In 2012, the Giants once again defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The Giants won two Super Bowls in the 1980s under coach Bill Parcells and with Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Founded in 1925, "Big Blue" won four NFL titles before the advent of the Super Bowl. The Giants play their home games at MetLife Stadium which is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team is aligned in the NFC East with rivals the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins. Prominent Giants over the years include Red Badgro, Jim Thorpe, Y.A. Tittle, Frank Gifford, and Phil Simms.