That was it. That was the play that told me wholly shnykees, the Giants are going to win. Initially my thoughts were, “haha, Eli got sacked, it’s over.” Then when that summabitch wouldn’t go down, I changed quickly and said “hot damn, he’s not going to let his team lose.” And that’s what happened. With one play Eli willed his team to victory. And let’s not overlook what made this play so spectacular — the fact that it was completed on the other end with an amazing catch by David Tyree. That’s the type of play where Eli can easily go down or have the pass batted down. Instead it wasn’t, and that’s when you knew grace was with the Giants. Let’s take another look at it as long as the play hasn’t been taken away because of copyright. It was truly amazing and it will always be a legendary play — the stamp on Eli’s career: (in case it’s taken down, try this)
Now don’t let the fact that I’m fawning over this play and moment make you think I’ve turned into an Eli lover. Far from it. I still think he’s a punk for puking out on San Diego the way he did on draft day. I still don’t think he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I think he has guts and that he comes through late in games (hence, making him a winner), but I still think he’s a punk. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that his defensive line was awesome and deserves most of the credit for the Super Bowl win. But Eli deserves a tremendous amount as well; he and Tyree combined for the play of the game: Eli’s Escape.
Also, I doubt anyone else has brought this up, but does anyone realize how eerily similar this play was to the 4th down play the Giants blew against the Titans last year when Kiwanuka had Vince Young wrapped up only to let him go? The Titans completed the 4th quarter comeback and everyone rendered VY a hero and the Giants a failure. Guess what went around came around for New York.