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Giants.com Bracket Challenge: Michigan vs. USC

Posted Mar 10, 2007

2017 Bracket Challenge: Michigan Vs. USC
 

MICHIGAN

Notables: WR Amani Toomer (1996, 2nd Rd), WR Mario Manningham (2008, 3rd Rd), OT Jumbo Elliott (1988, 2nd Rd)

Toomer played in 201 games for the Giants, including the playoffs. He scored two touchdowns in the Giants’ victory over the Cowboys in a 2007 NFC Divisional Playoff Game and finished with a team-high six receptions in the Super Bowl XLII triumph over New England. Toomer holds franchise records for catches (668), receiving yards (9,497), touchdown catches (54) and 100-yard receiving games (22). Manningham was a hero of Super Bowl XLVI, making a spectacular 38-yard, sideline catch on the Giants’ go-ahead drive late in the fourth quarter. Elliot played in 116 games from 1988-1995, including postseason, and helped the Giants capture Super Bowl XXV.

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USC

Notables: Frank Gifford (1952), Gary Jeter (1977), Steve Smith (2007)

A Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 1977, Gifford was known as one of the most versatile players in NFL history. He totaled 9,862 combined yards during his career. He rushed for 3,609 yards, caught 367 passes and scored 484 points. Gifford was named to the Pro Bowl as a defensive back in 1953 and as an offensive back the following year - a first in NFL history. He played in seven Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL four times and NFL Player of the Year in 1956. A true triple-threat back, Gifford threw 14 touchdown passes in 60 attempts on the halfback option. He retired after the 1960 season and returned in 1962 at a new position, flanker. The Giants reached the NFL Championship game five times during his career, including their victory in 1956. Jeter led a resurgent Giants defense and in 1981 helped the team reach the postseason for the first time since 1963. Smith, who was on the Super Bowl XLII in his rookie year, still holds the franchise record for most catches in a single season with 107 in 2009.