There were two huuuuge plays in the 2012 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. The Giants beat the Patriots last night (if you didn't know that I don't know why you're reading a football website) and sitting here on Monday morning there are really two plays that we're going to remember for a long time.
First, there's the Wes Welker drop. Man, that's a huge drop. The pass probably wasn't perfect -- sorta on the back shoulder -- but it's a catch he has made plenty of times before and one he should have made. That would have potentially ended the game setting the Patriots in field goal range and a fresh set of downs. Here's video of that play. You gotta feel bad for Welker because this is one of those plays that will be with him for the rest of his life, despite how awesome he's been in his Patriots career.
Second, the Mario Manningham catch. Right away, NBC announcer Cris Collinsworth recognized how huge that play was. The Giants got the ball back and on the first play of their comeback drive Eli Manning hits Manningham with a perfect pass and a perfect catch and Manningham perfectly dragging his feet. It was all just so...perfect. 38 yards on the completion and the Giants were at midfield, down two points and a chance to move into field goal range. Check out video of that play here. It's one of those we'll be playing for a while. Maybe not on the level of David Tyree but it's a big one.
Those are the two big plays I remember. Oh yeah, and Eli Manning yelling at Ahmad Bradshaw to not score that last touchdown so that they could run more time off the clock. When they let 57 seconds on the clock after their score I thought Tom Brady and co. would do it.