Michael Strahan wants you to get pumped about the Super Bowl. So why not share the sideline message he gave his New York Giants back in the day.
The video clip Strahan shared is from the Super Bowl XLII played 13 years ago today. It’s the anniversary of one of the best Super Bowls ever.
Give it a look and join us on the other side for what was so significant about this big game.
While Michael Strahan Celebrated, Tom Brady Stressed
Do you remember this Super Bowl played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona? Betting Tom Brady does. It’s one of the few times he lost the biggest game of the year. He’s in the game for a 10th time this Sunday, with Tampa Bay taking on Kansas City.
The video Michael Strahan shared shows him imploring his team to scrape together one more drive:
“The score will be 17-14 fellas. One touchdown, we are world champions. Believe it, and it will happen. A moment, I will never forget!!”
The sideline urging came with just under three minutes to play. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were clinging to a 14-10 lead. Brady had just thrown a touchdown pass to Randy Moss. The New York cornerback had slipped in coverage, giving Brady an easy look.
How Did The Giants Respond? Hint, Strahan Got The Score Right
After the kickoff, the Giants got the ball back at their own 17. Quarterback Eli Manning needed to direct New York’s offense on an improbable 83-yard drive or else the game likely was over.
With Michael Strahan and the rest of the New York defense cheering them on, the Giants did do something really improbable.
On a 3rd-and-5 from the Giants 44, the Patriots put on an intense rush to rattle Manning. The quarterback evaded three different Patriot defenders and lofted a deep pass towards the sideline. Receiver David Tyree outjumped Patriots safety Rodney Harrison for the reception. But to secure the pass, Tyree had to pin the ball against his helmet.
Three players later, Manning found Plaxico Burress on a slant in the end zone. With the extra point, New York went ahead 17-14, just like Michael Strahan predicted.
But the game wasn’t over. Brady had one more shot. However, the Giants defense held their ground. Brady and the Patriots didn’t gain a yard.
Patriots Were 12-point Favorites, So Giants Win Was Huge Upset
New England was a whopping 12-point favorite. That was an obscenely large spread given the stakes of the game, but the Patriots were the defending Super Bowl champs. They’d also won all their games in the regular season. And were trying to become the first team since Miami to win all their games, through opening weekend to Super Bowl.
But New York was the team that was blasted with confetti when the game ended. The Giants became the first wildcard team from the NFC ever to win the Super Bowl.
As for Michael Strahan, he went out a winner. The Super Bowl was the last game he played. He retired after 14 years, all spent with the Giants.
You know him now as a morning television personality and an NFL analyst on Sundays. But he also was a pretty good motivational speaker when the game mattered most.
Want to read more Outsider coverage of Michael Strahan? Check out this Strahan memory from another Super Bowl.