Super Bowl XXI (1987, N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20)

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Super Bowl XXI (1987, N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20) 5

I really can't say much more than what SBGuru just said. As a Giants fan this was the best year that I can remember because the Giants were the best team all year going 14-2 and dominating through the playoffs. This Super Bowl had the closest half-time score, 10-9, and then the Giants ran off 24 unanswered points in the second half and eventually routing the Broncos 39-20. This was the first championship for the Giants since the 50's and their first Super Bowl Championship in the Franchise's history. This also marked the first time that the Super Bowl MVP, Phil Simms, would say "You just won the Super Bowl, where are you going?", "I'm going to Disney World/Land". This was also the year another piece of football tradition/Americana started, the "Gatorade Dunk". The Giants were the team that invented that tradition by dunking Bill Parcells after each win and it all happened because (NT) Jim Burt was mad at Parcells all week for getting on him pretty bad and after a victory Burt went over to Parcells and threw the Gatorade at him and then Harry Carson took over after that whenever the Giants would win.

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Super Bowl XXI (1987, N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20) 5

  Being a Giants fan, Super Bowl XXI is one of my fondest memories. The Giants defense was incredible. They outscored their 2 playoff opponents by a combined score of 66-3. The Broncos took a more difficult route through Cleveland. John Elway had come of age during the playoffs and made a name for himself by executing, what is known, to this day as simply, "The Drive". Elway took The Broncos 98 yards, in just over 5:00 for the tying TD in the AFC Championship game. The Broncos would win the game in OT and punch their ticket to The Super Bowl.

The 1st quarter of Super Bowl XXI was an exciting one. Broncos QB, John Elway and The Broncos, took the opening kickoff 45 yards on 7 plays but had to settle for (at the time) a record tying, 48 yard FG by K, Rich Karlis. On The Giants 1st possession Giants QB Phil Simms, led The Giants right down the field for a TD on 9 plays for 78 yards. Simms was 6-6 for 69 yards on the drive and found, backup TE, Zeke Mowatt for a 6 yard TD reception and a 7-3 Giants lead. Not to be outdone by Simms, Elway immediately lead The Broncos down the field on a 6 play 58 yard TD drive. Elway culminated the drive with a 4 yard TD on a QB draw. The 1st quarter ended with The Broncos up 10-7. Simms and Elway combined to go 13-13 for 144 yards in the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter began with The Giants defense, still, unable to figure out John Elway and The Broncos offense. The Broncos 1st possession of the 2nd quarter began at their own 20 yard line. Elway led The Broncos 79 yards in 10 plays to The Giants 1 yard line. However, from there, The Broncos would run 3 plays for a total of (minus) 5 yards and would have to settle for a Rich Karlis chip shot, from the 23. Even this was not to be, as Karlis shanked his kick and set a Super Bowl record for the shortest field goal miss. The Giants would cut The Bronco lead to 10-9 with a safety later in the 2nd quarter. The Broncos would regain possession later in the 2nd quarter and would drive 47 yards to The Giants 16 yard line. The drive stalled there, however, and The Broncos would, again have to settle for a Rich Karlis FG attempt from the 34. Once again Karlis missed the FG and The Broncos went into the half, up 10-9, wondering what might have been.

The Giants got the ball to begin the 2nd half. They ran 3 plays for 9 yards and Giants coach, Bill Parcells sent P, Sean Landeta into the game to punt the ball from The Giants 46. However, Parcells sent Landeta out wide to the right and moved , backup QB, Jeff Rutledge under center. Rutledge kept the ball on a sneak and plunged forward for 2 yards and a Giant 1st down. This gamble ignited one of the most explosive, offensive quarters in Super Bowl History. Giants QB, Phil Simms would set a record by completing 10 straight passes. After the QB sneak on 4th and 1, Simms drove The Giants to a TD by going 4-4 for 49 yards and drilling a 13 yard TD pass to TE, Mark Bavaro and a 16-10 Giants lead. The Giants defense also made some adjustments at halftime and held The Broncos offense, and John Elway to a grand total of only, 2 yards on 7 plays in the 3rd quarter. Simms continued his incredible performance driving The Giants to a FG and a 19-10 lead. On The Giants next possession, Coach Parcells called yet anoth trick play. Simms handed the ball to RB, Joe Morris, who pitched the ball back to Simms, who found WR, Phil McConkey down the field for a 44 yard reception. This put the ball on The Broncos 1 yard line and set up Joe Morris's 1 yard TD run and a 26-10 Giants lead.

The 4th quarter was more of the same as Simms led The Giants to 2 more TD's and an insurmountable 39-13 lead. The Broncos would get a TD in, extended, garbaage time to make the score 39-20, which would be the final score.

Phil Simms was easily chosen the game's MVP as he set a playoff record by completing 88% of his passes. Simms finished the day 22-25 for 268 yards 3TD's and no INT's.

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Man. . . Phil Simms. . . Man. . .

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Super Bowl XXI (1987, N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20) 3

Not a very interesting game. Nothing memorable.

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Super Bowl XXI (1987, N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20) 1

I knew Denver was going to lose, plus I wanted Chicago to repeat.

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