Manning, Manningham connect in the clutch

INDIANAPOLIS — In what will be thought of as the biggest play of Super Bowl XLVIMario Manningham pulled in a 38-yard pass from Eli Manning to move the Giants to midfield with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter.

It was a brilliant throw by Manning and an even better job of concentration and footwork by Manningham, who got both feet in as he was pushed out of bounds. The play was reviewed, and the ruling on the field was upheld.

The Giants trailed 17-15 at the time of the reception.

The throw comes on the heels of a huge drop by WR Wes Welker, who could have put the Patriots inside the Giants’ 20 with less than four minutes to play but wasn’t able to hold onto a Tom Brady pass. New England punted two plays later.

— Dan Hanzus

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