02.03.08

18-1 : Plaxico Fantastico Is The New Broadway Joe

Posted in Gridiron at 10:20 pm by

Can anyone get in touch with the guy who called the Giants’ 38-35 near miss against the Pats in Week 17 “a mere historic footnote compared to whatâ„¢s in store during the postseason”? Aside from owing his 2nd apology of the month to Colonel Coughlin and Skittish Eli he (ok, I) oughta be searching for a big bottle of BBQ sauce to pour over tonight’s plate of hot crow.

I’m only half kidding about the headline above. The Jersey Giants’ 17-14 upset of previously unbeaten New England might not have the same cultural resonance as the Jets’ unlikely result over the Colts in Super Bowl III, but today’s game was played on a far bigger global stage and delivered a knockout blow to figures (Brady, the Hooded Casanova) every bit as iconic in their era as Don Shula and uh, Earl Morrall were in theirs.

Only a few months ago, the notion of Eli Manning being mentioned in the same breath as Tom Brady would’ve been considered laughable. Tonight, the former engineered a heroic game-winning, 12 play/83 yard drive that was nothing if not Brady-like. Though Plaxico Burress’ 25 yard TD catch with 37 seconds remaining was the game’s decisive play, an reception by David Tyree (above) on 3 and 5 moments earlier was an acrobatic achievement of Lynn Swann quality. Manning completed said pass after nearly being sacked, evading the grasp of multiple defenders in what has to be considered one of the more pivotal plays in franchise history.

Burress was roundly ridiculed this week for predicting a 24-17 scoreline and Brady in particular, took umbrage at the suggestion his record setting offense would be held to 17. As it turns out, the Pats were held to a mere two TD’s in a defensive struggle that failed to catch fire until the final 5 minutes.

Presumably, neither Boston or Foxboro will be referred to as Titletown again — at least not until June. And after the Giants’ 11th road win of the year, I’ve got two questions remaining :

a) who will be first to post a gloating video tomorrow morning, Mercury Morris or Carl?
b) does Jeremy Shockey’s broken leg get a full winner’s share?

16 Responses to “18-1 : Plaxico Fantastico Is The New Broadway Joe”

  1. ben schwartz says:

    Not only that, but the Pats were so highly favored over the Giants that you can still bet on them to win thru tomorrow.

  2. ben schwartz says:

    BET. … bet on them to win thru tomorrow, goddammitt.

  3. GC says:

    hey, if the Pats and Giants were to play again next Sunday, N.E. would still be an overwhelming favorite.

  4. Chuck Meehan says:

    The drive and the Manning to Tyree reception was stunning, but the MVP
    award should have been given to ” NY Giants Defense”. From the late 2nd Q until the Giants scored to go ahead, if the Patriots would have put one TD up and made it a 2 TD game, they likely would have pulled away. Steve Spagnola just punched his ticket to a head coaching job ( Redskins?). Congratulations to the NY Giants and their fans.

  5. matt says:

    it was probably the best super bowl i’ve ever seen. eli’s sack evasion play was completely awesome and probably as good as it gets in a clutch sitch (4th and 26 with mcnabb anybody?).

    and the total stickin it to the patriots and the now shelved espn 2 hour circle jerk around all things foxboro is the best icing on the cake of this sports year.

    good for the gmen.

  6. David Roth says:

    Word on all that. I wrote about the Patriots like they were implacable globo-capitalism incarnate before this game, but they really had been a little less scary over the last six weeks than they had been before. That said, I absolutely couldn’t have fathomed this particular outcome, and would’ve bet almost any amount of money against this being a good game, let alone a Giants win. But there you go. So hats off to Eli Manning, the first QB to win a Super Bowl while breathing entirely through his mouth. Well, since Peyton did it.

    In other news, I’m officially endorsing David Tyree for President of the United States. You think Mitt Romney catches a touchdown pass and then is out there gunning on special teams on the next play? No way. Maybe Duncan Hunter. Maybe Chris Dodd. Maybe. But they’re out.

  7. GC says:

    MVP Honorable mention (after the former Jean Strahan) : Justin Tuck.

  8. Sebastian says:

    Every few minutes I think, “Huh, Eli Manning _is_ a Super Bowl-winning QB. How about that?” and it’s hard not to smile.

  9. David Roth says:

    Or Kawika Mitchell, who delayed his WWE debut by at least three seasons with his effort tonight. The whole defense was ridiculous.

  10. jesper says:

    amazing, stunning, shocking game.
    as i said two weeks ago, the only stat that matters is… 18-1. manning nothing short of stupendous in the 4th quarter. 2 tds… the best football game i have ever seen. the defensive line: never seen anything close to it.

    (bellycheck throwing that flag for the 12th man. what a dick move)

    see you tuesday at the parade

  11. jesper says:

    ps. can’t wait for he next Fitzy webcast

  12. ben schwartz says:

    The Patriots looked bad from the minute Terry Bradshaw asked Tom Brady if he wanted to get married. Also, the reading of the Declaration of Independence by the NFL’s best and brightest was the worst commercial for Democracy I have ever seen. You know Putin is showing that on Russian TV next May Day with a bag fat laugh.

  13. warmowski says:

    Few expect a Super Bowl to be a good game, but nobody expects to see it practically decided by the Greatest Reception Ever.

    We should all pause in a show of emotional support for those most hurt by the Giants win – Archie Manning’s golf buddies.

  14. ben schwartz says:

    … and congratulate Dolphin fans everywhere on their intact perfect record.

  15. itsmetsforme says:

    despite the familiarity we now have with balls caught in the forehead thanks to the internet, we still found that reception entertaining.

  16. Cousin says:

    and now brace for the further humiliation of Spy Gate XLII

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