‘Undisputed’: Eli Manning admits the ‘Helmet Catch’ was the luckiest play in NFL history
Although it’s probably not any consolation to Tom Brady or New England Patriots fans, Eli Manning knows just how lucky he was in Super Bowl XLII.
On Friday’s episode of Undisputed live from Discovery Green in Houston, site of Super Bowl LI this Sunday (2:00 PM ET, FOX and FOX Sports GO), Skip Bayless told Manning he considers “The Helmet Catch” by David Tyree the single luckiest pass in Super Bowl history — and Manning agreed.
SKIP: I have termed the pass you completed to David Tyree as the luckiest pass in the history of the Super Bowl. And now that you’re here on our set, could you please give us your breakdown on how that play unfolded — that third-and-forever, where you escaped four pass rushers and got loose?
MANNING: I think you kind of summed it up. It’s probably the luckiest play in NFL history. No one really blocked anybody, I’m almost sacked, just kind of rolled out, throw it up for grabs, and David Tyree catches it off his helmet. That’s how we drew it up in practice. I never thought it would work, but sure enough, it did.
While Manning’s New York Giants emerged with a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in that one, Skip has some good news for New England ahead of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Not only does the Undisputed star expect Tom Brady to lead the Pats to a victory, but Skip is expecting a blowout.