John Fennelly, Lead WriterYesterday marked the 27th anniversary of the Giants’ first Super Bowl victory, a 39-20 romp over John Elway and the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. It was the Giants’ first NFL Championship in 30 years.
Grown men were reduced to tears. I myself was misty-eyed as I witnessed Bill Parcells being carried off the field. After twenty years of fandom, I never thought I’d ever see that moment. The Giants had been traditionally bad until the early 80’s and then lost several years in the playoffs before reaching the summit.
Giants Defeat Broncos in SB XXI
SUPER BOWL XXI
Rose Bowl, Pasadena January 25, 1987—Attendance: 101,063
NEW YORK GIANTS 39, DENVER 20
The NFC champion New York Giants captured their first NFL title since 1956 as they downed the AFC champion Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI. The victory marked the NFC’s fifth NFL title in the past six seasons.
The Broncos, behind the passing of quarterback John El- way, who was 13 of 20 for 187 yards in the first half, held a 10-9 lead at halftime, the narrowest halftime margin in Super Bowl history. Denver’s Rich Karlis opened the scoring with a Super Bowl record-tying 48-yard field goal. New York drove 78 yards in 9 plays on the next se- ries to take a 7-3 lead on quarterback Phil Simms’ 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zeke Mowatt. The Broncos came right back with a 58-yard scoring drive in 6 plays capped by Elway’s 4-yard touchdown run.
The only scoring in the second period was a sack of Elway in the end zone by Giants defensive end George Martin for a safety. The Giants produced a key defensive stand early in the second quarter when the Broncos had a first down at the New York 1-yard line, but failed to score on three running plays and Karlis’ 23-yard missed field- goal attempt. The Giants took command of the game in the third period en route to a 30-point second half, the most ever scored in one half of Super Bowl play.
New York took the lead for good on tight end Mark Bavaro’s 13-yard touchdown catch 4:52 into the third period. The 9-play, 63-yard scoring drive included the successful conversion of a fourth-and-1 play on the New York 46- yard line.
Denver was limited to only 2 net yards on 10 offensive plays in the third period. Simms set Super Bowl records for most consecutive completions (10) and highest completion percentage (88 percent on 22 completions in 25 attempts). He also passed for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns and was named the game’s most valuable player.
New York running back Joe Morris was the game’s leading rusher with 20 carries for 67 yards. Denver wide receiver Vance Johnson led all receivers with 5 catches for 121 yards. The Giants defeated their three playoff opponents by a cumulative total of 82 points (New York 105, opponents 23), the largest such margin by a Super Bowl winner.
It’s one week until this year’s Super Bowl. Both the Broncos and Seahawks will arrive in the area today and Super Bowl week will officially kick off at Media Day in Newark at the Prudential Center.
The Seahawks will be headquartered at the Hyatt in Jersey City and practice at the Giants’ facility adjacent to MetLife Stadium.
The Broncos will be staying in Jersey City as well, at the Westin. They will hold their work outs out at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park.
The weather this week will improve as temperatures get back to seasonal norms by the end of the week. Currently, the Super Bowl forecast is calling for temps in the low 30’s with a 60% chance of precipitation.