Aug 2, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; NFL former head coach Bill Parcells during the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Super Bowl XXI 1986:
Led by head coach Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms, the 1986 Giants may have been the most complete team in the history of the National Football League. This was a dominant team that went 14-2, boasted the NFL Coach of the Year, the NFL MVP and 8 Pro Bowl representatives. The Giants had one of the best defenses of all time and in the Super Bowl they put a stranglehold on one of the NFL’s all time great quarterbacks.
The Giants drew John Elway’s Denver Broncos in the big game. The Giants destroyed the Broncos with a final score of 39-20. The game began as a tightly contested game between two great teams. The score at the half was 10-9 Broncos. The Giants came out of the halftime on a mission. The third quarter of Super Bowl XXI may be the greatest 15 minutes in Giants history as they outscored the Broncos 17-0. The Giants put up another 13 points in the fourth quarter and Elway couldn’t lead a comeback.
Phil Simms was the MVP of the Super Bowl. It is worth noting just how special of a performance Simms had in this game. The Broncos had an awfully stingy defense and Simms and the Giants shredded it. Simms only threw three incomplete passes in the game. His completion percentage earned him a Super Bowl record and any time you break a Super Bowl record, you’re probably going to be the Super Bowl MVP. Sims went 22-25 for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns. Lawrence Taylor was the NFL’s MVP that season but it was surely Simms night.
The Giants were historically good in 1986. Football’s greatest minds are still taking note of the 1986 Giants and their methods for getting to the quarterback. Other than the undefeated 1972 Dolphins, I can’t think of a more perfect season in NFL history.
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