2008 Super Bowl Hero Seeing Double
AP Photo - Gene Puskar
Posted Jan 24, 2012

David Tyree can't help but see the eery parallels of the Giants' current Super Bowl run to that of 2008, which he famously helped cap with his ball-to-the-helmet catch that set up the final touchdown against the New England Patriots.

In his years as the Giants' top special teams player and miracle-making wide receiver, Tyree never had trouble expressing himself. But when he saw Lawrence Tynes' overtime kick split the uprights on Sunday in San Francisco, he was left dumb-struck.

"I might have been just as speechless as I was when we won the Super Bowl four years ago," he said in a conference call Tuesday. "To actually see this thing coming to fruition.

"I don't think anything happens by accident. We've always got the storylines of what happened four years ago. You can look at revenge. You can look at the progression."

So many parallels. Miracle catches — Tyree's ball-to-helmet with Rodney Harrison draped all over him, and Hakeem Nicks' Hail Mary grab in front of two Packers defenders. Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady. Giants-Patriots. The Road Warrior theme.

"It's impossible to ignore," said Tyree, who is now retired from football at the age of 32.

Like Tyree's catch against New England in '08, Nicks' touchdown in the Giants' conference semifinal win over the Packers provided a similar effect, decisively changing the momentum of the game.

"Beyond the catch, what I liked about it was it was more about momentum than it was about the catch," Tyree said. "I can say the same thing about my catch. Everybody says to me, 'When you made that catch, I knew the Giants were going to win the game.' When Hakeem Nicks made that catch, that probably took about 80 percent of the wind out of those Green Bay fans."

There could be more heroics forthcoming on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Tyree will be watching, likely in wonderment at how familiar it all looks four years later.

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