PATRICK PETERSON's walk-off punt return. ELI MANNING's last-minute touchdown drive. JOE FLACCO's late-game heroics. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on November 6-7, the NFL announced today. The GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance.
Fans may vote for one of these three moments on NFL.com/gmc beginning immediately following Monday Night Football and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network's "Around the League" show and then posted on NFL.com.
After the regular season, fans will have a chance to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year, from among the 17 weekly winners. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January.
A closer look at the nominees:
- Manning leads another late-game drive to beat Patriots. In the first meeting between the New York Giants and New England Patriots since Super Bowl XLII, Giants' quarterback ELI MANNING helped produce a conclusion eerily similar to that fateful Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. Trailing 20-17 with less than two minutes remaining, Manning drove the Giants down the field, going 80 yards in 1:21 and capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end JAKE BALLARD with 15 seconds left. The 24-20 victory moved the Giants to 6-2, as New York remains atop the NFC East.
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- Peterson redeems himself with historic return. After a Week 1 win, the Arizona Cardinals' season had hit the skids, with the team riding a six-game losing streak heading into Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. A fourth-quarter pass interference call on cornerback PATRICK PETERSON set St. Louis kicker Josh Brown up for a potential winning kick that would send Arizona to a seventh straight loss. Instead, Cardinals defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL stepped in with a crucial play, blocking the attempt and sending the game to overtime. In the extra period, Peterson earned redemption when he returned a Rams' punt 99 yards for just the second punt return for a game-winning touchdown in overtime in league history.
- Flacco's late-game heroics lead to sweep of Steelers:Baltimore Ravens quarterback JOE FLACCO struggled during Sunday's tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but with his team trailing 20-16 with a bit more than two minutes remaining in the game, Flacco put together a scoring drive during which he overcame a few ill-timed drops to deliver the game-winning touchdown strike to rookie wide receiver TORREY SMITH, who three plays prior to the score had mishandled a potential touchdown pass. The Flacco-to-Smith connection with eight seconds left gave Baltimore a 23-20 win and completed a sweep of their bitter rivals.
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