A frantic 12-play, 83-yard drive led to a shocking victory for the Giants. It was highlighted by one of the most spectacular plays in NFL history: A 32-yard completion from quarterback Eli Manning to receiver David Tyree. The play was unique at both ends. Manning magically escaped the grip of the New England pass rush, then heaved what appeared to be a desperation pass deep down the middle of the field, where Tyree leaped and used his helmet to gain control of the ball and somehow maintain possession.
Four plays later, the Giants scored the winning touchdown to prevent the previously unbeaten Patriots from attaining 19-0 and pro football immortality.