The 1986 New York Giants season is one of the most successful season by any football franchise in the history of the NFL. The New York Giants went 14-2 during the 1986 season. The Giants would go on to win the Super Bowl this year, which would be the first Super Bowl in franchise history. The Giants were led by two Hall of Fame players, Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms, who served as great leaders and excellent examples of how to win and what it takes to win. Lawrence Taylor went on to become the MVP of the league that season and Phil Simms went on to become the Super Bowl MVP.
The Giants played the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl which was played at the Rose Bowl. The Broncos took an early lead on the Giants and took a 10-9 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Giants were not done yet. Coming out of halftime the Giants were sparked up and ready for the second half. They received the ball first and went down the field to score on the opening drive of the second half. The Giants went on to score 30 points in the second half to defeat the Broncos, this is the most points scored in a half in Super Bowl history. The Giants would not go on to play in another Super Bowl until January 27, 1991. They played the Buffalo Bills in Tampa bay ant Tampa Stadium. The Giants defeated the Bills for their second Super Bowl title by a score of 20-19, this serves as the only Super Bowl in history to be decided by one point. This Super Bowl is remembered mostly for Buffalo Bills kicker missing a kick wide to the right, which helped the Giants seal the victory. The Giants set a record for possession by having the ball for a total of 40 minutes and 33 seconds. This would serve as the last Super Bowl victory for the Giants until 2008.
In 2008 the Giants went on to play the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Giants were listed as heavy underdogs and were given very little chance to win the game. New England was looking to become only the second team in NFL history to finish the season undefeated, only the 1972-1973 dolphins have done so. Defeated New England was not going to be easy, they were the powerhouse team in the NFL and all other teams before the Giants have failed. One of the most iconic catches in the history of the NFL took place during this game. It was the fourth quarter and the Giants were desperate to score, they needed a touchdown to take the lead because they were trailing 14-10. Eli Manning, the Giants quarterback, snaps the ball and the play unfolds. Eli avoids getting sacked and throws up a Hail Mary to the middle of the field. David Tyree, A Wide Receiver, settled under the ball and jumped to make an attempt on the play. While in mid-air he catches the ball by holding it with one hand and pinning it against his helmet. This is known as one of the best catches in Super Bowl history and lead the Giants to go on with their drive and score the touchdown they needed to win. The touchdown gave the Giants a 17-10 victory over the patriots and this helped the Giants hand Tom Brady his first lost in the Super Bowl. This would be the third title for the Giants in franchise history.
It would be another 4 years (2012) for the Giants to get back to the Super Bowl where they played the same team, The New England Patriots. This game was another nail bitter but the Giants prevailed yet again. Going late into the fourth the Giants were trailing -17-14 and were once again looking to make a comeback victory in the Super Bowl. There were two plays that served as a big reason for the Giants to come back. The first place was when the Giants were on defense. Linebacker Chase Blackburn took coverage on tight end Rob Gronkowski and chased him downfield, Chase had great positioning on Gronk and noticed Brady was getting ready to heave the ball down field. Chase got in front of Rob and intercepted the pass giving the Giants a chance to score and take the lead. One offense another miracle was needed to happen in order to pull of this victory. Eli Manning calls for a play and throws the ball down the sidelined toward Mario Manningham (WR). Manningham was able to get his finger tips on the ball and pull it in all while getting his two feet down in bounds to complete the catch. This was another unbelievable catch and gave the Giants great field position to complete the comeback. Later in the drive Ahmad Bradshaw went on to rush the ball in for a touchdown and this gave the Giants a 21-17 lead. That would serve as the game winning touchdown and gave the Giants their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history. The Giants have struggled in recent years and haven’t made it to the Super Bowl since but are still looking to get back to the Super Bowl to add to their trophy collection.
The Giants have not been back to the Super Bowl since 2012 when they beat the New England Patriots. They finished the 2016-2017 season 11-5, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers. This season the Giants are looking to add a few more pieces in order to get them back into the playoffs and back into the Super Bowl.