By Craig Edwards
Wow! I write this about four hours removed from the end of Super Bowl 42. To be honest, I'm still trying to calm down from all the excitement.
First, there was Oregon native Kevin Boss making his only Super Bowl catch count in a big way. Boss caught the pass from Eli Manning at the Giants' 39 yard line... and took it nearly half the field. The 45-yard play set up the Giants' second score, a touchdown putting them up 10-7.
But the Patriots went 18-0 before this game for a reason. Tom Brady came back, and hit Randy Moss to take a 14-10 lead with less than 3 minutes.
However, in what had to be the most exciting 2+ minutes of football I've seen in a few years, Eli Manning did it, refusing to go down and getting out of an obvious sack, then hitting David Tyree who made the greatest catch I've seen in a Super Bowl, pinning the ball to the top of his head to keep control. That set up up Eli to Plaxico Burress, who had only really caught one ball all day, for the winning score. 17-14 is your final
A wise man once said "You rarely ever know for certain when you're experiencing history... until after it's over. When you do know, it usually involves violence, death and a body count."
But Tonight, we indeed saw the good type of history, and I actually knew it while I was watching. Call it one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played, and one of the greatest clutch performances you'll ever see.
The finish ranks with the Rams and Titans and "The Tackle" from Super Bowl 34. Eli Manning made a final drive worthy of John Elway. Both Manning and Tom Brady played with the mastery of Joe Namath.
This is one to tell your kids and grandkids about.