Super Bowl week is finally here! Although the New York Giants didn’t come close to making it to the big game this year, their history in the Super Bowl is one of the NFL’s best.
The New York Giants are one of six franchises to have won at least four Super Bowl titles (Patriots, Steelers, 49ers, Cowboys, Packers) and the only franchise to have won a Super Bowl in each of the last four decades.
In winning four Super Bowls, the New York Giants have produced some of the best and most memorable performances in the history of the franchise.
Here’s a look at the top 10 New York Giants Super Bowl performances, and some honorable mentions.
- Amani Toomer, Super Bowl 42: Six receptions for 84 yards
- Mark Ingram, Super Bowl 25: Five receptions for 74 yards
- Mario Manningham, Super Bowl 46: Five receptions for 73 yards
- Ahmad Bradshaw, Super Bowl 46: 17 carries for 72 yards, two receptions for 19 yards
- Leonard Marshall, Super Bowl 21: Two sacks
- Chase Blackburn, Super Bowl 46: Six tackles, one interception
10. Hakeem Nicks, Super Bowl 46
Nicks had a game-high 10 receptions for 109 receiving yards in the Giants 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots. He had two key receptions for first downs on the Giants game-winning drive.
9. Justin Tuck, Super Bowl 46
For the second time in four years, Tuck sacked Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. This time, he also forced an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone on the Patriots first offensive play of the game that put the Giants in front 2-0 and gave them the momentum.
8. Carl Banks, Super Bowl 21
Banks was sometimes overshadowed while playing alongside future Hall of Fame linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson. But in Super Bowl 21 he had his moment in the sun, recording 14 total tackles—10 of them solo.
He made a key tackle on Broncos running back Sammy Winder in the Giants goal-line stand in the second quarter.
7. David Tyree, Super Bowl 42
When you have the best game of your career and are part of the greatest play in Super Bowl history, that the epitome of making the most of your moment. That’s exactly what Tyree did in Super Bowl 42.
People will be talking and showing highlights of Tyree’s helmet catch for as long as football exists.
He finished the game with three receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown.
6. Justin Tuck, Super Bowl 42
The main reason the Giants were able to defeat the 18-0 Patriots was their ability to get consistent pressure on Tom Brady, sacking him five times. Two of those sacks were by Tuck, who also had six tackles.
His sack/fumble of Brady that was recovered by Osi Umenyiora as the Patriots were driving just before halftime was one of the biggest plays of the game. Some felt he should have received co-MVP honors with Eli Manning.
5. Jeff Hostetler, Super Bowl 25
The former backup quarterback made the most of his moment as he completed 20-of-32 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown. He made one of the biggest plays of the game in the second quarter when he was being sacked in the end zone by Hall of Famer Bruce Smith but managed to hold onto the ball as Smith was grabbing his arm. The safety put the Bills up 12-3 but had Hostetler not held onto the ball the Bills would have been up 17-3 and would have forced the Giants to change their offensive approach.
4. Ottis Anderson, Super Bowl 25
Anderson was the focal point of the Giants ground and pound offense as he rushed the ball 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and was named the game’s MVP. He was the main reason the Giants possessed the ball for a Super Bowl record 40 minutes and 33 seconds in their 20-19 victory over the Bills.
3. Eli Manning, Super Bowl 46
Manning earned his second Super Bowl MVP Award, completing 30-of-40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown as the Giants defeated the Patriots for the second time in four years 21-17.
Once again he led the Giants on a game-winning drive in the final minutes. The key play on the 88-yard drive was his perfect pass to Mario Manningham down the left sideline for 38 yards in tight coverage.
2. Eli Manning, Super Bowl 42
Twice in the fourth quarter, Manning led the Giants on go-ahead touchdown drives of 80 and 83 yards. His 32-yard completion to David Tyree, known has the helmet catch, with just 1:15 remaining in the game is the greatest play in Super Bowl history. Four plays later he found Plaxico Burress in the end zone for the game-winner.
He completed 19-of-34 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, earning his first Super Bowl MVP Award in the Giants 17-14 victory over the previously undefeated Patriots.
1. Phil Simms, Super Bowl 21
Simms had the finest game of his career in the biggest game of his career, completing 22-of-25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns earning MVP honors in the Giants 39-20 victory over the Broncos. He completed all 10 of his pass attempts in the second half helping the Giants set a then-Super Bowl record 30 second-half points.
His 88 percent completion percentage remains a Super Bowl record.