AFC East: Rich Seubert

Revisiting David Tyree's catch and 18-1

January, 25, 2011
Adalius Thomas admitted "I almost get sick to my stomach" when he sees images of the play three years later.

One of the most magnificent highlights in NFL history was David Tyree's miraculous ball-on-helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII. The play, which began with a sack-defying Eli Manning scramble, propelled the New York Giants to the title and left the New England Patriots one game shy of an undefeated season. has put together "Inside a Moment in Time" to revisit Tyree's catch. Patriots fans might feel as nauseous as Thomas when they check out the feature, but the feature is an impressive look back at history.

Editors and reporters began the process in June. They spoke with 12 players and one official involved in the play. It's broken into two photos, Manning's scramble and Tyree's catch.

Patriots defenders Richard Seymour, Jarvis Green, Mike Vrabel and Thomas recall what was going through their minds at the time of the first snapshot, as do Manning and Giants linemen David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara.

Patriots defensive backs Rodney Harrison and James Sanders and back judge Scott Helverson share their on-the-spot memories of Tyree's catch.

The package also includes:

Joyner judges Jets O-line among league's elite

June, 16, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

KC Joyner, the football stat wizard who finds ways to quantify the previously unquantifiable, thinks the New York Jets might have the best offensive line in the NFL.

Joyner, for the New York Times' NFL blog, "The Fifth Down," recently attempted to determine which Meadowlands squad had the better O-line group.

In the process, he came to the conclusion the Jets were better than the Giants up front and might be the class of the league.

"Going into this, I would have thought the Giants would have won this hands down, but the metrics show that isn't the case," Joyner writes.

Joyner conducted a position-by-position comparison based on point-of-attack win percentage and yards per carry (run blocking) and a formula that factors sacks allowed, quarterback hits, holding penalties and batted throws (pass protection).

He gave the Jets the edge at left tackle (D'Brickashaw Ferguson over David Diehl), center (Nick Mangold over Shaun O'Hara) and right tackle (Damien Woody over Kareem McKenzie).

Jets left guard Alan Faneca is a perennial Pro Bowler, but Rich Seubert's numbers were better last year. Jets right guard Brandon Moore is a serviceable starter, but he didn't stand a chance in matching up with All-Pro Chris Snee.