Trailing by four points with 39 seconds remaining, the Giants had a first down at the Patriots’ 13-yard line. With no timeouts remaining, the win probability model saw their potential success as a 50-50 proposition. But Manning dropped a perfect pass to receiver Plaxico Burress for a score that left the Patriots with less than a 10 percent chance of winning.
No one will forget receiver David Tyree trapping the ball on his helmet for a 32-yard reception to extend the Giants’ winning drive. But it still left the Giants 24 yards away from victory as the clock ticked. The play that really put them in business, especially considering they were out of timeouts, was a 12-yard pass to receiver Steve Smith, one that converted a third-and-11 with 45 seconds left. That play set up the winning score.
Uh … well, Matt Barkley showed some things, I guess. And Jay Cutler is technically still there, so the Bears could bring back the same crew from last year. But if they move on from Cutler, as it’s assumed they will, they have to figure this out from scratch.
That’s a pretty neat moment for White, the 2014 fourth-round draft choice out of Wisconsin.
White is one of the most well-liked players on the Patriots because of his understated, soft-spoken approach. Brady previously compared him to his 9-year-old son Jack.
“He just does everything right, and you can never get mad at him,” Brady joked. “Even when he doesn’t make the play, he feels worse about it than you do. He’s just the best teammate, an incredible player, and has been that way since he really assumed that big role when Dion [Lewis] got hurt [in November 2015]. I’m so proud of everything he’s accomplished. I’ve seen him grow up as a rookie, to working his tail off and becoming a big factor in all these games.”