"I think he did it on purpose. I think he thought it was gonna be a really, really good photo opportunity." ??? pic.twitter.com/TRXBiNbI66
— ThePostGame (@ThePostGame) January 29, 2018
Former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has an interesting theory about Ahmad Bradshaw’s end zone fall from Super Bowl 46.
Flashback to Super Bowl 46. New York Giants vs. New England Patriots, Patriots up by two. Second down, ball on the Patriots six-yard-line. 1:04 left in the game, the Patriots have just taken their second timeout. The Giants have a chance to set up a chip-shot field goal with about 20 seconds left.
Eli Manning, also known as Charlie Brown, takes the snap and hands the ball to Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw goes through the defense uncontested and falls down in an attempt to stop before the goal line, in order to keep the clock running and allow the Giants to run another play. But instead of stopping, he falls backward into the end zone for a touchdown, putting the ball in Tom Brady’s hands with a minute left, more than enough time for “Tom Terrific” to march down the field on a game-winning drive.
The Giants defense would come up with the stop on the Patriots, but it was a huge mistake that could have cost the Giants the win in the biggest game of the year. Or maybe it wasn’t.
Justin Tuck thinks that Bradshaw did it on purpose, as he said in an interview with Jeff Eisenband of ThePostGame.
Tuck, who had two performances on ESNY’s Jason Leach’s Top 10 Giants Super Bowl performances said: “I think he did it on purpose. I think he thought it was going to be a really, really good photo opportunity. I’m sure he has that photo blown up big in his house.”
Tuck, who played in that game with active Giants Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Zak DeOssie, can laugh about it now, as he sacked Brady to help prevent him from driving the Patriots down the field.
However, had the Giants failed to stop the Patriots on that final drive, that interview probably would have had a much different tone. It’s always easier to look back and laugh when it worked out for you in the end.