08 February 2012

Eli's Hail Mary Against the Packers

I got a comment from someone asking about Eli Manning's Hail Mary at the end of the first half of the Giants' divisional playoff game against the Packers on 15 January 2012.  I had not modeled that pass, so I thank the person who left the comment for the suggestion.

Manning let fly his pass from the right hash mark at the Packers' 43-yard line.  Hakeem Nicks caught the ball about 5 yards deep in the end zone.  Nicks appears to have caught the ball about 20 yards to the left of the line of right hash marks.  In other words, the ball went 48 yards straight and 20 yards left, leading to a horizontal range of 52 yards (Pythagorean Theorem!).  After five timings of the flight time, I got a time of flight of 3.048 s.

Throwing the aforementioned numbers into my computer, I got a launch angle of 42.5 degrees and a launch speed of about 51.3 mph (82.6 km/hr).  The maximum height reached above Lambeau Field was around 14.5 yards (13.3 m).

Manning did not have to throw the ball as far as Brady did at the end of the Super Bowl.  Manning's pass was thrown about 88% of the speed of Brady's and at a slightly smaller angle.  Brady's pass went about 5 yards higher, too.  Credit Eli Manning for a great pass, but give equal credit to Hakeem Nicks for making a phenomenal catch.  The Giants went into the locker room up 20-10 instead of 13-10.  The play to end the half was a game-changer for sure!

1 comment:

  1. I do not know who the person that left you the suggestions was, but I've also gotta thank this person for suggesting it to you so you could make a post about it and I could read it. To that person who maybe is an online bookmaker, I really thank you and you too dear blogger