INDIANAPOLIS Move over David Tyree. Mario Manningham is the new star in the Giants' latest version of "The Catch."
It may not have been a helmet catch like Tyree's in the Super Bowl four years ago, but it was just as clutch and timely and Tyree was there to see it.
Manningham made a magnificent over-the-shoulder catch and managed to stay inbounds on the opening play of a game-winning, 88-yard touchdown drive that carried New York to another come-from-behind win over the Patriots on the NFL's grandest stage Sunday.
Manningham's 38-yard reception with two defenders bearing down on him propelled the Giants to a 21-17 win and their fourth Super Bowl title.
"We just tried to be patient," said Manningham, who finished with five catches for 73 yards. "Got to be patient with this game. We knew big plays (were) going to come; we just had to take advantage of them."
Manningham, relegated to No. 3 on the Giants' depth chart because of knee injuries and the emergence of Victor Cruz, had three catches on the nine-play drive capped by Ahmad Bradshaw's uncontested six-yard touchdown run.
Manningham's acrobatic catch wasn't as improbable as Tyree's grab that led the Giants to a 17-14 win over New England.
"In those situations, you are always looking to see who is going to be the guy," Tyree said in the Giants' locker room. "I am so happy for that man, fighting through those injuries and emerging to help his team."
Tyree said Manningham's catch didn't bring back memories of his reception in 2008 "but the more I thought about how important it was, it should."
"I think they are both spectacular catches," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "I think with Mario's earlier tonight, the way he kept his feet inbounds and held on to the ball going out of bounds was a remarkable thing."
Manningham's big moment came after offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride saw New England's defense playing its two safeties deep and shading them to the right side to cover Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
Running a go pattern up the left sideline on a first and 10 from the New York 12 with the Giants down 17-15, Manningham made the catch between safeties Patrick Chung and Sterling Moore and in front of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Manningham said he never lost track of his feet.
"It was a great ball. I knew where I was on the sideline. I knew I didn't have that much room, and it's a good thing I wear (size) 11s because if I wore 111/2s, I would not have been in."
Manning went back to Manningham on the next three plays. On the first, the receiver ran the wrong pattern, but he followed that with catches of 16 and two yards to move the ball to the 32-yard line.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he spoke to Manningham before the game, knowing the receiver had not had the best of seasons.
"I told him earlier that he was going to do something, that he was going to make a play to help us win," Umenyiora said. "He fulfilled my prophecy. We know what type of player he is and what type of talent he is, and he came up big for us."
Nicks had a team-high 10 catches for 109 yards, while Cruz had four for 25, including a short touchdown.