This time, Mario Manningham merely is along for the ride, but he is confident his 49ers will get him his second championship ring in two years.

"I'm just glad I'm here,'' Manningham said yesterday. "The team's going to win. I'm rooting for them a hundred percent. I'm behind them. I can't go out there. I'm cool. I just hope they just go out there and do their thing."

Manningham cannot do his thing. The former Giants receiver, and Super Bowl XLVI hero, is two weeks removed from reconstructive knee surgery after tearing his ACL in Week 16 at Seattle. He is a bystander for Super Bowl XLVII, but he was so much more than that last year for the Giants.

It was one year ago that Manningham came down with one of the most difficult and memorable receptions in Super Bowl history, making an over-the-shoulder, fourth-quarter grab while somehow tip-toeing the left sideline. The 38-yard gain got the Giants started on their game-winning drive in a 21-17 come-from-behind victory over the Patriots.

It was the most meaningful catch in Manningham's career, one of the most significant catches the Super Bowl ever has seen. But it's not a topic of discussion Manningham will engage in.