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    2008 Eli Manning Super Bowl XLII Game Worn New York Giants Helmet. The Giants were cast in the role of David this day, with the New England Patriots assuming that of Goliath, aiming for the second undefeated season in NFL history. In point of fact, Brady and Belichick had already surpassed the 1972 Dolphins' record streak for duration, as Miami's Super Bowl VII victory over the Washington Redskins had been the seventeenth contest of the streak. The Patriots earned their eighteenth win of the 2007 season in the AFC Championship to punch their ticket to Phoenix and their meeting with Big Blue.

    Though the Giants turned hot in the playoffs, winning the Wild Card, Divisional and Conference Championship games on the road, the team was considered one of the weaker representatives to make it to the grand finale. They had lost four of their final eight regular season games to limp into the postseason, dropping their final regular season contest to the Patriots at home, albeit in a thrilling, highly-competitive affair.

    Despite the close scrape a month earlier, Vegas had the Patriots over the Giants by twelve points at kickoff on February 3, 2008, signaling virtual certitude among the betting public that the perfect season was imminent. But as the minutes ticked by, it became increasingly apparent that this would be no blowout. Each of the five scores would switch the lead, the last coming at the end of one of the most dramatic drives in professional football history.

    Trailing by four with 2:39 to play, Manning would march his Giants eighty-three yards to paydirt. The drive is best remembered for David Tyree's impossible "Helmet Catch" to pick up thirty-two yards and a new set of downs, a play which remains the stuff of legend. Several snaps later, with just thirty-five seconds left on the clock, Manning hit Plaxico Burress in the end zone, effectively ending the dream of the perfect Patriots season.

    Presented is the helmet worn by the Super Bowl MVP as he played the greatest game of a career that many believe will lead him to Canton. While we are well aware that Eli and the Giants met with a bit of scandal regarding the questionable legitimacy of game used gear bearing their imprimatur, we stress that this battle-scarred beauty is extensively photo matched to footage from Super Bowl XLII. Please visit our online listing for the full array. It's as ironclad as they come.

    The sparkle-blue shell bears the logo "NY" decals at each side and Mannings' number "10" at front and again on back, where it is joined by several others. The green circle on the center stripe indicates the helmet contains radio equipment, and the number "21" circular sticker is a remembrance for Sean Taylor, the star safety of the Washington Redskins who was killed during a robbery of his home a few months earlier. Finally, we find decals of an American flag, the NFL, a warning label and Super Bowl XLII. Interior holds another "10" decal and velcro for the communications attachments.

    The included paperwork from MeiGray identifies five different matches to Getty Images and video footage, one for pregame footage and another for each quarter, assuring that this was the only helmet Manning wore to capture his first Lombardi Trophy. Resolution Photomatching adds another, different Getty Image match with their included letter.

    Solid game wear is evident, and while we haven't sought out matches to games prior to the Super Bowl, it is somewhere between possible and likely that this biggest Super Bowl upset since Namath in number three is not the sole contest on the helmet's resume. LOA from MeiGray. LOA from Resolution Photomatching.


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