We are chronicling the Giants Epic Moments in history as ranked and photographed by Sports Illustrated. Today we return to what has always been known as the Greatest Super Bowl ever played, but I would think by now that at least one other Giants Super Bowl win could be classified as such.
January 27th 1991: MVP Ottis Anderson rushes for 102 yards and a touchdown and career backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler throws for 222 yards and a TD as Giants hold the ball for more than 40 minutes in 20-19 upset of Buffalo in Super Bowl XXV. Jeff Norwood’s 47-yard FG attempts sails wide right in the final seconds.
Ah, remember when the Super Bowl was still held in January? This was indeed the best Super Bowl ever played at the time. Being in that stadium that day with all the added security, the snipers on the roof, the helicopter circling above, and of course Whitney Houston’s rendition of the National Anthem, is one of the most memorable days of my life. This game can easily be attributed to the greatness of the offense or the defense. The fact that the Giants held the ball for over 40 minutes in the game is remarkable, but the fact that they held it in real time for more than an hour put the mighty Buffalo Bills offense in a terrible spot. The Giants of course won this game behind Jeff Hostetler after Phil Simms had been injured in a game against these same Bills on December 15th. The defense having the ability to hold the Bills to just 19 points is a true testament to the ability of the coaching staff to devise a game plan and the players who executed it to perfection.