Eli Manning's pass to David Tyree in the final two minutes of Super Bowl XLII was an instrumental play in the New York Giants 17–14 victory over the New England Patriots. It featured Manning escaping from the grasp of three Patriots defensive players, followed by Tyree making a leaping catch by pressing the ball against his helmet.
The play came late in the fourth quarter and netted the Giants 32 yards. Four plays and 36 seconds later, Plaxico Burress scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Giants, who won the game 17–14.
As with other famous plays in the NFL, this play has been deemed worthy of a "name". However, a consensus has yet to be reached on what the name should be. A debate over the best name for the play has raged in the New York newspapers and sports talk shows. These are some of the names:
Tyree has suggested his favorite name for the catch is "Catch 42
Eli Manning out of the shotgun... He takes it... facing pressure... He's in trouble... He's spun around... He's able to get away... looks to throw... He does, downfield...And a leaping catch is made downfield at the 25! David Tyree comes up with it!
Pressure from Thomas off the edge. Eli Manning....stays on his feet. Airs it out down the field. It is...caught by Tyree.
Oh my God. This ball is thrown and Tyree just goes up for it like a basketball player. Harrison trying to knock it down. And Eli Manning -- I don't know how he got out of there; I thought he was on the ground, and then he came out of the pile and just slings it... That's a great catch by David Tyree.
Manning takes the snap. Back to throw. Under pressure, avoids the rush, and he's gonna...fight out of it, still fights out of it, now throws it deep down field, wide open Tyree who....makes the catch! At the twenty two yard line! What a play by Manning! He eluded three sacks! He runs up to Mike Carey and calls a time out! And what a catch by Tyree, with 58 seconds to go!
Manning... still on his feet! Eli Manning, may have a target down the field, and... The catch is made! What a play!
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