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Giants Now: ESPN looks back at game-winning Super Bowl drives


Though Super Bowl LVII is just 10 days away, the 56 previous contests each retain a unique legacy in the National Football League. Throughout the event's storied history, 21 games featured epic game-winning drives as the game clock approached zero.

ESPN recently broke down six of the most statistically impressive comebacks, including the Eli-Manning-led sequences featured in the Giants' two latest Super Bowl victories.

The more recent of the two, the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI title, emerged fourth in ESPN's most improbable winning drives.

The victory came on the coattails of a 9-7 regular season, and the team notched their fourth Super Bowl win in a run that mimicked what they'd accomplished four years prior.

When quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants offense got the ball with 3:46 remaining in the game, they were down two points. The win probability algorithm gave the Giants just a 30 percent chance of victory.

That was until Manning completed the "most precise pass" in Super Bowl history, down the left sideline to wide receiver Mario Manningham. After two more completions to Manningham and two to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, the Giants boosted their win probability to 47 percent.

The go-ahead Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown shot the Giants' win probably up to 96 percent.

ESPN named the Giants' game-winning Super Bowl XLII drive the third-most improbable. The Giants' unlikely victory over an undefeated Patriots team, led by none other than quarterback Tom Brady, stands as one of the greatest upsets of all time.

Super Bowl XLII is perhaps best known for David Tyree's helmet catch, which was part of a larger go-ahead scoring drive that clinched the victory.

With 2:39 remaining in the game, the Giants once again trailed the New England Patriots – this time by four points. With an 18 percent win probability, the Giants converted on fourth-and-1. Manning threw an incomplete pass, setting the stage for the iconic David Tyree helmet catch.

Tyree's catch resulted in a 32-yard gain and increased the Giants' win probability to 34 percent. The go-ahead touchdown catch by wide receiver Plaxico Burress four plays later skyrocketed the Giants' win probability to 89 percent.

See the full list of improbable Super Bowl winning drives here.

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