Tynes' foot puts Giants in Super Bowl again
The Giants are going back to the Super Bowl for
the second time in four years thanks to their thrilling 20-17 overtime
win against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
Much like New York's last championship win, the
game was decided on a field goal by kicker Lawrence Tynes, who this
time hit a 31-yarder with 7:06 left in the first overtime period to
send his team to the Super Bowl.
"I dreamed last night it was a 42-yarder, but it
was a 31," said Tynes. "With two more penalties, it would have been
Tynes, who of course kicked the game-winning field
goal the last time New York won the NFC championship, said this time
around was tougher than his famous overtime kick against the Packers on
Jan. 20, 2008.
"Tonight was one of the toughest conditions I've
ever played in," he said. "The wind, the rain -- the ball was so slick.
It was hard to snap, it was hard to catch. I tell you what, the last
snap and hold were perfect."
The Giants, who won the coin toss in overtime,
exchanged three-and-outs with the 49ers. On their second possession,
the Giants had begun to drive down the field until a 10-yard sack of
quarterback Eli Manning knocked them out of field-goal range and forced
However, the 49ers' Kyle Williams, who earlier in
the game had a turnover when a Steve Weatherford punt grazed his knee
and was recovered by gunner Devin Thomas, this time had the ball
stripped away by rookie linebacker Jacquian Williams. The loose ball
was scooped up by Thomas to give the Giants first and 10 on the 49ers'
"I was going for the tackle, but he made a move
and I saw the ball and I just stuck my hand out for it," said Williams
of his critical forced fumble that set up the game-winning drive.
New York then chipped away at the yards, driving
all the way down to the 49ers' 8-yard line to set up a 26-yard attempt.
However, they were called for a delay of game penalty, which pushed the
ball back five yards.
No problem though, as Tynes split the uprights
with the game-winning kick.
The Giants, who at one point late in the season
were 7-7 and on the brink of facing their third straight year of no
postseason play, will meet the New England Patriots, a team
they beat 24-20 earlier in the year, in Super Bowl XLVI.
New England, of course, was the Giants' opponent
in Super Bowl XLII, the game in which the Giants upset the heavily
favored and undefeated Patriots 17-14.
"It's going to be fun," said defensive end Justin Tuck. "I always say the best is going to bring out your best, and Tom Brady and that bunch -- that's a great football team, and it's going to
be fun to play them."
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