Best play: Eli Manning eluded an almost-certain sack on a third-and-five with just over a minute left, and then found David Tyree, who made an incredible catch at the Patriots' 24-yard line with the Giants down 14-10.
It led to the game-winning touchdown.
Worst time to fall down: On a third down and goal, late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, when the guy you’re supposed to be covering catches the go-ahead touchdown. Ask Giants cornerback Corey Webster, who was burned when Randy Moss hauled in the go-ahead score with 2:42 remaining.
Best quarter: The fourth, by far. The lead changed hands a Super Bowl-record three times and both teams had sustained drives to retake the advantage.
Worst play: Eli Manning did a nice job scrambling from New England’s defensive line on the play, but missed a wide open Plaxico Burress on second down with under 10 minutes remaining. The Giants went three-and-out, and the Patriots subsequently took the lead.
Best quote: “They were inviting us to parties after the game. They showed us no respect. They tried to bully us around. We punched them in the mouth and they didn’t want it anymore.” - Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer on New England’s attempt at intimidation.
Best commercial: E*Trade. Talking babies are tough to contend with. Talking babies that implore you to buy stock? Unbeatable.
Best Jeremy Shockey impersonation: With the four-time pro bowler on the sidelines, Giants rookie tight end Kevin Boss had a 45-yard reception in the fourth quarter that led to a go-ahead touchdown pass from Eli Manning to David Tyree.
Worst line by a sideline reporter: Pam Oliver referred to the inside of the 20-yard line as the ‘green zone’.
Best heist: Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled in his own territory midway through the second quarter, but wrestled the ball back from Patriots linebacker Pierre Woods at the bottom of the pile to keep the Giants in possession.
Worst (attempted) tackle: Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather thought he had Brandon Jacobs wrapped up in the game’s opening minutes, but Jacobs — as he tends to do — lowered his shoulder and knocked Meriweather back five feet, gaining a few more yards in the process.
Worst mental mistake: Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn didn’t get off the field in time on a New England punt attempt in the third quarter, giving the Patriots a new set of downs in New York territory. The Giants defense held.
Best halftime moment: No surprise, Tom Petty singing crowd-favorite Free Fallin’. The blue lights handed out to the fans was a nice touch.
Best game plan: Sorry, Bill Belichick, this goes to New York defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The Giants got constant pressure on Tom Brady, using multiple looks to confuse the New England offensive line.
Best breakout performance: Justin Tuck doesn’t even start, but he couldn’t be stopped by New England in the first half. Tuck had six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble, all before intermission.
Worst coaching decision: Questionable choice by Belichick midway through the third quarter. Why not let kicker Stephen Gostkowski try a 49-yard field goal on 4th-and-13 with your team ahead, 7-3, and the offense struggling? Gostkowski’s career long is 52 yards. Brady instead threw an incomplete pass attempted for Jabar Gaffney in double coverage.