Tyree an Unlikely Giant Savior

New York wide receiver uses his head
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 7:34 AM CST
New York Giants receiver David Tyree (85) makes a touchdown catch as New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather (31) and Asante Samuel (22) defend during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XLII...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Sure, Plaxico Burress' touchdown grab gave the Giants their shocking upset, but the catch of catches, the highlight of highlight reels, was David Tyree's impossible-looking snatch earlier that drive. On third-and-5 with Patriots Rodney Harrison and Asante Samuel looming, Tyree climbed a ladder in midair to come down with a 32-yard gain clutched against his helmet, the AP reports.

Tyree, who also scored the G-men's first touchdown on a 5-yard frozen rope from Eli Manning in the fourth, is an unlikely star. The wide receiver began this season with a broken wrist, and is better known for his special teams play than his catches. Not anymore. "I don't know that there's ever been a bigger play in the Super Bowl," gushed Tom Coughlin.