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New York: Got four but still want more

Football

The GIST: The Liberty signed forward Betnijah Laney, and the Knicks topped the Chicago Bulls. But after walking down memory lane with the Jets on Monday, today we’re paying homage to the Giants’ Super Bowl history.

February 04, 2021
Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Generational: The Giants have won four Super Bowl titles, and each has come in a different decade: 1987, 1991, 2008, and 2012. After going 14-2 in the 1986-87 regular season (still their best record), QB Phil Simms led Big Blue to a 39–20 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos. 

  • Just four years later, the Giants’ 20–19 win over the Buffalo Bills was credited largely to their defensive strategy, designed by then-defensive coordinator Bill Belicheck. Apparently the devil has never slept. 

Back, back again: By 2008, Belicheck was on the other side of the field as the head coach for the New England Patriots. But that didn’t scare the Giants: wide receiver David Tyree made the famous “Helmet Catch” late in the fourth quarter, allowing Big Blue to clinch the game off another Eli Manning touchdown pass. Those were the days. 

  • In 2012, Manning and the Giants took down the Patriots in the Super Bowl again, securing the 21–17 victory thanks to running back Ahmad Bradshaw's game-winning touchdown in the last minute.

Looking forward, maybe some of that Manning magic will rub off on QB Daniel Jones so the Giants can add a fifth ring (and decade) to their collection.