"Notre Dame sacking Michigan"
Photo Credit: APEli Manning took home MVP honors in the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots, but former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck ('05) was the subject of much post-game publicity, and rightfully so. The Kellyton, Ala. native had an impact on the game from the first defensive snap, pressuring Tom Brady in the end zone and forcing him to throw the ball away. The ensuing intentional grounding penalty resulted in a safety and gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead. Tuck also sacked Brady twice, including an important play on the game's final possession that forced the Patriots to convert a 4th-and-16, just to keep their slim hopes alive. Hundreds, if not thousands of fans tweeted that Tuck should earn MVP honors, and although the Giants' quarterback was ultimately awarded the recognition, the defensive end's impact on the game did not go unnoticed. Here's a look at some of the coverage surrounding the Giants' defensive captain and former Irish standout:
- Dave D'Alessandro of the New Jersey Star-Ledger credits Justin Tuck's leadership for helping the Giants to a 21-17 victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
- For the second time in four years, Tuck brought his 'A' game on Super Bowl Sunday writes Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com.
- Michael Marot of the Associated Press says the pressure from Tuck and his fellow defensive linemen wreaked havoc on Tom Brady.
- After the second Super Bowl victory of his career, Tuck was "pretty much speechless" in an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols.
- Tuck sat down with NFL Network's Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk for a post-game interview on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
- South Bend WNDU's Angelo Di Carlo also caught up with Tuck on the field in Indianapolis.
"Tucking is the new Tebowing"