Big Blue's Super History

This will be the Giants' fourth trip to the NFL's ultimate contest. Thus far, New York has captured two of its first three forays. Here's a mostly pleasant walk down memory lane.

Super Bowl XXI – Giants 39, Broncos 20

Led by the brilliant record-setting passing of Phil Simms, the Giants won their first Super Bowl with a 30-point second-half onslaught before 101,063 spectators at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Simms completed 22-for-25 passes for 268 yards and three TDs, setting an all-time NFL playoff mark with an 88.0 completion percentage and winning the MVP honors in the game.

"This might be the best game a quarterback has ever played," Giants Coach Bill Parcells said.

Even Simms seemed somewhat stunned by his performance.

"I have to admit he's a hell of a quarterback," Simms said about himself. "There ain't no doubt about it. I can't deny it anymore."

Down 10-9 at halftime, the Giants rang up 24 unanswered points to take a commanding 33-10 lead in the fourth period with Simms TD passes to TEs Zeke Mowatt and Mark Bavaro and WR Phil McConkey. Linebacker Carl Banks was a star on defense with 10 solo tackles as the Giants concluded their greatest season ever with a 17-2 record.

"You get tired of hearing all the time about 23 years of suffering," linebacker Harry Carson said. "We'd like to make our own history, so maybe everyone could start talking about the present, not the past."

Super Bowl XXV – Giants 20, Bills 19

In what will always be remembered as ‘wide right,' the Giants won their second Super Bowl championship before 73,813 at Tampa Stadium by battling back from a 12-3 deficit in what many considered to be the best of all Super Bowls. Ahead 20-19 in the final moments of play, the Giants prevailed when Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard FG attempt in the final moments of the game.

"I hit it solid, but I guess I tried to kick it too hard," Norwood said. "I needed more follow through; I should have brought my hips into it quicker to make the ball draw."

QB Jeff Hostetler, replacing the injured Phil Simms during the playoffs, hit on 20-for-32 tosses for 222 yards and one TD, while veteran RB Ottis Anderson had 102 yards rushing and one TD and won the MVP honors. The Giants set an all-time Super Bowl record for time of possession with 40:33 in their ball-control offensive game plan.

"It wasn't pretty – it probably was ugly," Giants center Bart Oates said. "But this is no beauty contest, either. We turned this into the type of game we wanted. That was the key."

The defense did a stellar job of keeping the explosive Buffalo offense under wraps.

"I think we made it hard on (Jim) Kelly to feel comfortable going to (Andre Reed) late in the game," Giants cornerback Everson Walls said. "(Reed's) only human and he got hit and hit hard. (Defensive coordinator Bill) Belichick is a miracle worker. He took a bunch of old guys and made us look good."

Super Bowl XXXV – Ravens 34, Giants 7

The Giants lost for the first time in three Super Bowl appearances and saw their seven-game winning streak end before 71,921 fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Giants endured a rough evening, falling behind 10-0 at halftime and 17-0 in the third period before scoring their only touchdown on Ron Dixon's 97-yard kickoff return. But the Ravens countered immediately with Jermaine Lewis' 84-yard kickoff return, which increased Baltimore's lead to 24-7. Quarterback Kerry Collins completed 15-of-39 passes for 114 yards and tied a Super Bowl record by throwing four interceptions.

"I sucked," Collins said. He admitted he was confused and bewildered at times by a Ravens defense that pounded him and forced him to hurry his throws.

Tiki Barber led the Giants in rushing (49 yards) and receiving (six catches for 25 yards). The Giants defense played well, limiting the Ravens to 244 yards.


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