11/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New York Giants Defense Depends On New & Improved Defensive Line

Everyone remembers David Tyree's "helmet catch," the most iconic play of the Giants' Super Bowl XLII upset of the Patriots to end the 2007 season. But the game's most accurately representative play might have actually occurred on the Patriot's ensuing last-gasp drive: defensive tackle Jay Alford's bum-rush sack of quarterback Tom Brady. Not only did the sack help extinguish the Patriots flickering hopes for a perfect season, it also provided an exclamation point to a game--and really, a season--dominated by the Giants defensive line.

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