No. 5) The Giants survive the frozen tundra to advance to the Super Bowl
New York came into Lambeau Field on January 20th with minus-one degree temperatures in the third-coldest game in NFL history.
They would also be taking on a Packers team led by Brett Favre who held the second seed in the conference.
It was beyond tough for both teams to move the ball in adjusting to the conditions, and coach Coughlin’s cheeks were as red as can be throughout the game.
Green Bay took a 7-6 lead after a 90-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver, and the Packers would put in a field goal to make it a 10-6 lead at halftime.
Both teams went back and forth in the second half, and New York found their way to a 20-17 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In regulation, the Giants had moments where they could have closed out the game, but mistakes were made and the Packers found a way. Favre threw an interception but the pick was fumbled, and the Packers took that possession for a field goal.
Lawrence Tynes also missed a 43-yard field goal that would have won the game in regulation, and another field goal opportunity saw a low snap that caused Tynes to miss, and the game would need overtime to complete.
Overtime was a moment where Corey Webster would add one of his moments to the highlight reel of this Super Bowl run.
Webster was itching for a chance to make a play after giving up the touchdown to Driver, and he would get his chance thanks to Favre.
Favre attempted to fit a ball to Driver, but Webster got out in front in good position and snagged an interception to give the Giants field position to kick a field goal.
After failing to convert third down, Tynes would get his own chance at redemption with a 47-yard field goal.
Despite the cold and the conditions, Tynes remained cool, calm, and collected on his career-defining kick. The kick almost found its way outside the uprights, but it just flew in left and the NFC Champions would hail from New York, not Dallas, not Green Bay, but this fifth-seeded cinderella.
But now, goliath was in front of them, but the mentality remained the same, it was time to stomp out New England.