Football players can achieve immortality by having a great individual game or making a clutch play in the Super Bowl. Take, for instance, the New York Giants, who have won four Lombardi Trophies in their storied history. The gridiron heroes from those championship teams will never be forgotten by their fans. Here's a look back at 10 Super Bowl saviors in Giants history.
Phil Simms (QB) -- Simms led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XXI. He completed 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns for a Super-Bowl record 150.92 passer rating. Simms was the easy choice for Most Valuable Player as the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, to capture their first Lombardi Trophy.
Carl Banks (LB) -- Banks was the defensive star of Super Bowl XXI. He registered 14 tackles (10 solo), including four takedowns for a loss, as the Giants bottled up John Elway and Denver's high-powered offense. Thanks to Banks, the G-Men outscored the Broncos 19-0 in the middle quarters.
Mark Ingram (WR) -- With the Giants trailing the Buffalo Bills 12-10 in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXV, Ingram's catch-and-run on 3rd-and-13 moved the chains and led to a key touchdown. The Giants won the game, 20-19, and Ingram finished with five catches for a team-high 77 yards.
Ottis Anderson (RB) -- Anderson's physical running style set the tone for New York in Super Bowl XXV. The hard-nosed running back rumbled for 102 yards and a one-yard TD in the third quarter, as the Giants upset the heavily-favored Bills. Anderson was named the game's MVP.
Jeff Hostetler (QB) -- Hostetler, who stepped in for an injured Simms during the 1990 season, could have made an argument for MVP of Super Bowl XXV. He completed 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown against the Bills as New York scored one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
David Tyree (WR) -- Tyree will forever be remembered for his "helmet catch" in Super Bowl XLII, which led to the game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots. Often overshadowed by Tyree's game-saving grab is his five-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter which gave New York a 10-7 lead.
Plaxico Burress (WR) -- Burress hauled in the game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots with 35 seconds left in Super Bowl XLII. His catch of Eli Manning's 13-yard toss in the left corner of the end zone propelled the Giants to a 17-14 upset victory over the previously-undefeated Pats.
Chase Blackburn (LB) -- With the Patriots looking to add to their 17-15 lead in Super Bowl XLVI, the unsung Blackburn raced downfield to steal a pass from Rob Gronkowski early in the fourth quarter. The Giants scored the game-winning touchdown later in the period for a 21-17 victory.
Mario Manningham (WR) -- Manningham's clutch, 38-yard sideline catch late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI jump-started Big Blue's game-winning drive against the Patriots. Manningham finished with five catches for 73 yards, plus one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.
Eli Manning (QB) -- Manning is a two-time Super Bowl hero and MVP, having led the Giants on fourth-quarter, game-winning drives in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. His answered prayer to Tyree, TD toss to Burress and pin-point throw to Manningham will live on forever in Super Bowl highlights.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.
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