Reese And Arizona Miracle
This Giant victory also established a "new" Super Bowl record, 2 brothers-Peyton and Eli, quarterbacking a Super Bowl winning team, back to back, two years in a row, and being named MVP's. An MVP Trophy should also be awarded to General Manager Jerry Reese.
[Black Star Sports]
How could this happen beating those awesome 18-0, 3-Time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots?
Well let's go back to the beginning. The road to the miracle in Arizona, actually began with the promotion of "Miracle Worker", Jerry Reese to General Manager. He’s a 15-year veteran in the Mara-Giants Organization who started out as a Scout and worked his way up the ranks keeping "hope alive" and his "Eye on the Prize", as Rev. Jesse Jackson always says, to the position of General Manager.
The critics vilified this move by the Maras because this "unknown" didn't have the "experience", didn't know the job, etc., and in the first day of his position, got rid of the "popular" but non-producing players, and made a stance against those players demanding new contracts, in a team that was in total disarray, and hadn't been in the Super Bowl in years, since they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 40 to 7.
The complaints continued with justification when the Giants "started" the 2007 season, 0-2 and intensified by the "retirement" of Tiki Barber. But little by little they- The Giants-began winning and made the play-offs even if it was a "Wild-Card", berth.
The total turn-around of the Giants was actually the last game of the season when they had to play against the undefeated New England Patriots at home. The Giants-lost, but do you know that they actually "won"? It was a "psychological" victory because the lowly Giants only lost by three points, and if Tom Brady had failed in his "2-point conversion", it would've only been a one-point loss.
In that game, the Giants proved that the Patriots were beatable. They went on a "road rage" tour of winning every play-off game, Tampa Bay Bucs, the Cowboys, and the Packers on the way to Arizona to face the "monster" Patriots again, but only this time it was the Super Bowl. "
Poor Giants, “they don't have a chance in winning", everyone was saying. But, what many did not realize was the fact that the Giants were 10-1 on the road, and Arizona was just another "road game", but this time, it was for "all of the marbles".
All of the marbles, indeed because if you missed this game you missed a classic of true blood and guts football on both sides, but the Giants defense was on a search and destroy mission, and the offense was just as determined despite all the odds. When a game of this magnitude goes into the first half with a score of only 7 to3, you know that, that is a test of true grit wills on both sides.
The Giants prevailed. Sacking Brady 5 times, demoralizing the offense, and totally destroying the Patriots' "playbook".
No matter what the Patriots did the Giants were ready to destroy it, and no matter what the Patriots did to the Giants, the Giants prevailed, winning, 17 to 14, and the Super Bowl Championship, thanks to the "rookie" General Manager, Reese, and his Coaching Staff.
This Giant victory also established a "new" Super Bowl record, 2 brothers-Peyton and Eli, quarterbacking a Super Bowl winning team, back to back, two years in a row, and being named MVP's. An MVP Trophy should also be awarded to Jerry Reese.
We saw the "maturation" of Eli Manning; stepping away from under the shadow of his brother Peyton, and also from the grasps of the Patriot defense, to throw the pass for the "Lynn Swann" catch by David Tyree. Then the game winning touchdown by Plexico Burress, who, predicted a Giant victory, which was ridiculed by Tom Brady.
I wonder now what is Brady thinking.
Is this the beginning of a Giants dynasty? I don't know and quite frankly I don't care because this is the game that the Giants "had" to win despite all odds, to bring home a championship to New York, since the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Rangers have failed us.
Now thanks to Reese and the Giants we had a "ticker-tape" parade on "Super Tuesday."
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