We are just a few hours away from the kick off of Super Bowl XLVII, with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers both hoping to not lose for the first time in the title game. Will tonight's game be an instant classic, or will we all be let down, with the commercials entertaining us more than the game?
Before we start into tonight's game, though, let's take a look back at our own favorite memories of Super Bowls past.
Unfortunately, I have no memory of the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl. I've seen the highlights, I've read recaps, but I don't actually have tangible memories of watching my favorite team in the title game. Instead, I have a memory of watching a team lose that ranks as my favorite Super Bowl memory.
Super Bowl XLII, February 3, 2008. I was back in Iraq for the second time, three months into a 15 month deployment, and reeling off of the Dolphins' 1-15 season. The Super Bowl is up, and there are the 18-0 New England Patriots looking to kick Dolphins fans while they are down, taking away the 1972 Miami team's claim as the only undefeated team in NFL history. The Patriots had the New York Giants standing in their way, and were 12 point favorites to beat the Giants and take their place in history.
Things were not going well for the Giants, Giants fans, or Dolphins fans. The Patriots looked like they were actually going to lift the Lombardi Trophy, hanging on to a 14-10 lead with 2:39 left in the contest. The Giants started with the ball on their 17-yard line. After converting one fourth down play, then having a ball that should have been intercepted by Asante Samuel drop, the Giants were alive. On 3rd-and-5 from their own 44-yard line, quarterback Eli Manning dropped back to pass, then had to scramble for his life. How he avoided Adalius Thomas, Jarvis Green, and Richard Seymour, who had clear shots at him, and at one point, had him by the jersey, is unknown, but was not the craziest part of the play.
Manning rifled the ball out of desperation down the middle of the field, and a jumping David Tyree made an explainable catch with one hand pinning the ball to his helmet. The catch kept the Giants' drive alive, and a few plays later, Manning found Plaxico Burress in the end zone, giving the Giants a 17-14 lead with 35 seconds remaining.
The Giants defense would not give up another yard, holding on to win the Super Bowl, and give the Patriots their only loss of the season. And, it would give me my favorite Super Bowl memory.
Thank you David Tyree, Eli Manning, the New York Giants, and, most importantly, David Tyree's helmet.
What is your favorite Super Bowl memory, and why? Is it something to actually do with the game, or is it because of where you were or were you with someone who made it memorable? Let us know in the comments below.