- Dan Graziano, ESPN New York Giants reporter
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David Tyree's famous "helmet catch" from Super Bowl XLII was the clear winner last week when we asked you guys to vote on the most memorable play in New York Giants history. After that voting was complete, we put together a bracket with each of the 32 teams' winning play and paired them off against each other in a fresh round of voting. Tyree's Super Bowl catch (along with the Eli Manning "escape" that preceded it) got a No. 1 seed in this bracket, and it has advanced to the Elite Eight.
And guess which play it's matched up against in this round of voting? It's another play that surely could have ranked among the "most memorable" in Giants history but turned out to be the most memorable in Philadelphia Eagles history -- DeSean Jackson's game-winning punt return touchdown against the Giants in 2010.
Jackson's play is our tournament's Cinderella -- a No. 7 seed that knocked off Earnest Byner's fumble (Browns) and Marcus Allen's 74-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII (Raiders) to get to this point. So it has some momentum, and there's little doubt that it's memorable enough to pull another upset. But if you as a Giants fan can bring yourself to relive it and vote it down, here is the link to the voting that could advance Tyree to the Final Four.
You guys know I'm not biased either way, but I'd still take the Tyree play here. First of all, there's the significance to consider. While Jackson's play ended a game and ranks as high as any play in recent memory on the stunning and astounding scales, Tyree's play led to a Super Bowl title. And not just any Super Bowl title -- the Super Bowl title that was to have stamped the previously undefeated 2007 Patriots as the greatest team in league history.
Jackson's play was the deciding one in the Eagles winning the NFC East in 2010, but it led to nothing more. The Eagles didn't win another game that season (and only won a total of 12 over the two seasons that followed). Brilliant moment, but it doesn't resonate like a huge Super Bowl upset does. Tyree's catch and the victory it wrought changed NFL history. And as far as "memorable" is concerned, I'd have to check the ratings from that year's Super Bowl, but I'm confident at least that more people watched it.
David Tyree's famous "helmet catch" from Super Bowl XLII was the clear winner last week when we asked you guys to vote on the most memorable play in New York Giants history.