Very cool story from the Daily News… guess it didn’t really work out like they would have wanted it to.
Bill Belichick told Patriots to make NY Giants throw to Mario Manningham on final Super Bowl drive
Bill Belichick had one final Super Bowl wish, and the Giants were happy to grant it.
Just before the Giants’ final drive, the Patriots coach told his defense to “make them” throw to receiver Mario Manningham. He was far more worried about Giants receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
But Manningham made him eat his words with a brilliant, 38-yard catch along the sidelines that kick-started the Super Bowl winning drive.
“This is still a Cruz and Nicks game,” Belichick said in audio recorded for NFL Films and aired on NFL Network’s SoundFX show on Wednesday night. “I know we’re right on them. It’s tight but those are still the guys. Make them go to Manningham. Make them go to (Bear) Pascoe. Let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”
They did, on the first play of the drive from the Giants’ 12-yard line. Manningham made a remarkable catch, barely getting his two feet down before falling out of bounds.