Trivia: Giants in the Super Bowl

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

With he Super Bowl only days away, we decided to take a stroll down memory lane and hit you with some Giants Super Bowl trivia. Big Blue has been to five of the big games, winning four. Two of those wins came over Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.

Answers are on the bottom in the drop down.

1. Which Giant QB rushed for the most yards in a single SB game?
2. In Super Bowl XXV, what color jerseys did the Giants wear?
3. Which act provided the halftime entertainment at SB XLII?
4. Who is the only NYG to top double-digit receptions and 100 yards in a SB?
5. Can you name the Giants’ starting offensive line in Super Bowl XXXV?
6. This New York native sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXI.
7. He scored the first points in Super Bowl XLVI.
8. They were the Giants’ safeties in Super Bowl XXV.
9. In XXI, Simms threw 3 TDs. Who caught them?
10. Most tackles by a Giant in a SB game is 14, by who?

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1. Phil Simms gained 25 yards on 3 rushes in SB XXI including a 22-yard scramble.
2. In SB XXV, the Giants wore blue.
3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
4. Hakeem Nicks caught ten passes for 109 yards in Super Bowl XLVI.
5. RT Luke Petitgout, RG Ron Stone, C Dusty Zeigler, LG Glenn Parker, LT Lomas Brown
6. Neil Diamond
7. Nobody. The Giants were credited with a safety when Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.
8. Myron Guyton was the FS and Greg Jackson was the SS.
9. Zeke Mowatt, Mark Bavaro and Phil McConkey.
10. Carl Banks, SB XXI (unofficial).

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Irvin lobbies Giants to leave OBJ alone

HOF wide receiver Michael Irvin is a big fan of Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr. So much that he’s lobbying the Giants to “leave him alone” and told OBJ that he should not change his act (NYDN, Jan 28).

From Ralph Vaccchiano of the NY Daily News:

Maybe Beckham does play a little too close to the edge for the comfort of some. Maybe he did draw too many fines for excessive celebrations or unsportsmanlike conduct. Maybe his brash attitude and trash-talking did put too big a target on his back late in the season. But that, Irvin said, is all part of what makes Beckham such a great player.

“I’m going to tell you this: New York should know better. Out of all the people in the world, New York should know better,” Irvin, now an NFL Network analyst, said Tuesday at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day. “You can’t take the lion out of the man. You did it to Jeremy Shockey and he wasn’t the same player.”

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Beckham’s post-catch antics and his willingness to engage in trash-talk has rubbed opponents the wrong way. Head coach Tom Coughlin addressed the subject with Beckham during the Giants’ late-season victory over St. Louis.

The Rams took umbrage to Beckham beating them handily on the field and then rubbing it in with his TD celebration. Several brawls ensued. The Giants won the game, but the message from Coughlin to OBJ is that his behavior was hurting he club. He then told reporters that he didn’t want to restrict a rookie from displaying his enthusiasm.

The general consensus is that OBJ is too good a player to involve himself in such behavior. It comes across as poor sportsmanship to outsiders and can only make him more of a target.

That being said, the friction he causes keeps the Giants’ blood flowing and they are a more cohesive team because of it. It is not the normal galvanizing cause a coach wants his team to rally behind, but the Giants don’t have a lot cooking these days, so it will have to do.

NFL Pro Bowl: Beckham creating buzz and collecting awards

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Giants’ WR Odell Beckham, Jr. has been named The Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year. (Sporting News, Jan 23).

USATSI_8225434_110579513_lowresBeckham, the 12th overall selection n the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU, comes from a family of athletes and attended Isadore Newman High School in New Orleans – the same high school that Eli and Peyton Manning attended.

“Peyton and Eli were back in town a couple years ago, and went up to Newman to work out,” Archie Mannng told Sporting News. “They asked if they could put a couple of receivers out there to throw to. Odell was sophomore then, and Eli said at the time ‘This is a pretty good looking little receiver.’ I don’t think they knew he would be that good.”

Well, he is. Beckham is currently at the Pro Bowl in Arizona where he will represent Team Irvin, named for HOF WR Michael Irvin vs Team Carter, headed by another HOF WR, Cris Carter.

Beckham will go head to head against one of the league’s top cornerbacks, Arizona’s Patrick Peterson.

“It’s a pleasure to watch him work, it really is,” Peterson said Wednesday night after the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft at the Arizona Biltmore Resort as per Giants.com. “Not only in the NFL, but when he was at LSU, I’m always watching LSU football. So to see the growth, the strides he has taken throughout his young college career and now to his young NFL career, it’s definitely an honor to be part of.” To read more of this story, click here

Giants Super Bowl records and trivia

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Super Bowl is rapidly descending upon us and, sadly, the Giants won’t be participating. But that doesn’t prevent us from having a little fun with trivia from the games the Giants have played in.

We all know that QB Phil Simms had a day to remember in Super Bowl XXI:

  • Highest passer rating, game, 150.92 – Phil Simms – New York Giants vs. Denver, XXI
  • Highest completion percentage, game, (20 attempts), 88% – Phil Simms – N.Y. Giants vs. Denver, XXI (25-22)

In Super Bowl XLVI, QB Eli Manning set a record when he completed his first nine passes to start the game.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl (65 yrs, 158 days, SB XLVI).

In Super Bowl XLVI, punter Steve Weatherford set a record for the most punts inside 10 yard line, game, with 3.

The Giants played in the tightest SB ever: Smallest margin of victory, 1 point: New York Giants vs. Buffalo, (20-19), XXV.

In Super Bowl XXI, the Giants set the mark for the most points in the second half of play with 30. The trailed the Broncos, 10-9, at the half before rallying to win, 39-20. To read more of this story, click here

2015 Free Agency: Giants not likely to dive deep

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Free agency is one way to quickly turn your fortunes around in the NFL these days. The Giants thought they had a banner offseason in 2014 when they scored RB Rashad Jennings, OL Geoff Schwartz and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency.

NFL: Houston Texans at New York GiantsUnfortunately, Schwartz played just one game, Jennings missed five and started in only nine. DRC battled through several ailments to have a solid season, but overall the team’s 2014 UFA crop was a bust.

This year, the Giants figure to be less aggressive in free agency, still having not realized last year’s gains as of yet. As per the team’s CEO, John Mara, the priority will be retaining some of their own free agents, most notably DE Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Antrel Rolle.

Looking at the current active contracts, the Giants shopping list this spring will be smaller. They have 52 players under contract, so there isn’t a lot of wiggle room on there roster considering they will also have a half-dozen draftees to deal with.

Of those 52 players, 30 will be playing in the final year of their respective deals. Some of those players the Giants will be seeking to extend such as QB Eli Manning and WR Rueben Randle.

But there are some in that group the team may not be planning on retaining, players that might be overpriced such as  DE Mathias Kiwanuka and some that have not panned out like TE Adrien Robinson and CB Jayron Hosley.

Basically, the core is set for 2016. In fact, it’s still being formed. With a top-10 draft slot this spring, the team will look to build on that young core and the FA additions and retentions already in house.

This date in Giants history: Three-peat denied

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The 1990 Giants were a team that won a championship by the narrowest of margins. They won the Super Bowl when the Bills missed a makable FG in the final seconds but there were other taut moments along the way.

In order to get to that Super Bowl, the Giants had to win the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, where the two-time defending champion 49ers were prohibitive favorites to complete a “three-peat.”

On January 20, 1991, the Giants rode five FGs, an opportunistic defense and a trick play to victory. Over the years, the game has been fallen down the charts of great games in the team’s history. But for those who lived it, it was as impossible a win  as one could imagine.

When former Giants head coach Bill Parcells was asked what he sees as the highlight of his Hall-of-Fame career, he didn’t take long to answer…

“If you pin me down, I would probably say the ’90 Championship Game in San Francisco. We were heavy underdogs there that day, and San Francisco was going for their three-peat, We had lost our quarterback, Phil Simms, and we had Jeff Hostetler playing, who did a great job for us….I think probably that if you pin me down, that was – there were so many great players playing in that game, really, that that’s what makes it memorable to me.”

Today, we remember that game and it’s key moment twenty-five years later. To read more of this story, click here

NFL Draft: Giants looking at defensive prospects

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Giants scouts have met with several players at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida this week. As per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com, the Giants have shown interest in at least two players: Leterrius Walton, a DT from Central Michigan and USC defensive back Josh Shaw. (NJ.com, Jan 16)

It’s no shock that the scouts are paying specific attention to defensive players. The Giants were statistically one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2014.

Walton (6’5″, 300) is seen as an “ascending player” that “nobody sees coming.” according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com. He is a versatile player that can be used at all positions on the defensive line, including NT in a 3-4 alignment. More from Zierlein:

“Former offensive lineman who has shown improvement with each passing season. Big man who flashes talent to penetrate and can win with explosive get-off. Good athlete for a big, inside player. Quick hands that should become more explosive with work. Will cruise down the line chasing run plays. Discipline in pass rush and maintains lane integrity….high-motor interior lineman who could become a five-technique in a 3-4 defense with more technique work. Walton has the traits to become an above-average player against the run and should be able to play in both odd and even fronts.”

New DC Steve Spagnuolo will likely stay with a four-man front, since the Giants do not have the personnel to right now to switch things up. Players such as Walton could change that, though.

Shaw (6’1″, 200) played both safety and CB in college. He is the kid, who after suffering off-field ankle injuries, told the media he hurt himself trying to save his nephew from drowning. In actually, he jumped from a second-story to avoid the police. The character issues could scare away the Giants, although Zierlein has a quote from an NFL scout giving Shaw a passing character grade. More from Zierlein:

“While Shaw played boundary corner, slot corner and safety at USC, concerns over his athleticism and speed could limit him to zone-cornerback status as a pro. Shaw seems to go along for the ride while on field rather than operate with a voracious appetite to make plays. He’s not physical enough to play in the box, so he will likely have to be a Cover-2 cornerback or free safety as a pro.”

So? The Giants are looking for safeties, too. Even if they re-sign Antrel Rolle, they’ll be seeking his eventual replacement.