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How Jack Bicknell and I won the Super Bowl

Kenny Phillips of the New York Giants blocks

Kenny Phillips of the New York Giants blocks a pass intended for Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots on the final play of Super Bowl XLVI. (Feb. 5, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

I thought for a moment it was going to be my fault. Luckily, I didn’t jinx anything. In fact, I might have saved the championship and served as a warning.

I wrote this blog post on Wednesday after talking with Giants assistant offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. He was the center who snapped the ball to Doug Flutie at Boston College on the Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan and he was also on hand for the Hail Mary pass from Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks in the Packers game a few weeks ago (although he did not see that one live).

The headline was: “Need a Hail Mary? Make sure Bicknell is around!

Little did I know that on the last play of the game, of the Super Bowl, of the season, the Patriots would need a Hail Mary. And Bicknell was around. Gulp!

Believe it or not, I actually thought about that as the ball was in the air. When it hit the ground after it could not penetrate the wall of Kenny Phillips, Jacquian Williams and Deon Grant, I exhaled. Well, first I filed my story, then I exhaled.

I looked back on that blog post today and realized that I shouldn’t have been worried. Besides talking about the Hail Marys, Bicknell also gave the key to stopping them.

“It’s amazing that they don’t get somebody in front of those balls,” he said of the defenders. “Both passes there was really nobody in front. In Flutie’s case it went over his head but you’d think you’d have somebody plastered right up against (the receiver).”

There the Giants were. Three of them. Plastered.

Clearly they read about that here.

Nice work by Bicknell. Thankfully for me and my conscience.


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