Top 5 New York Giants Offensive Touchdowns by Non-Skill Position Players
By Neal Lynch
#4. LB Carl Banks – Week 5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, October 8th, 1989
In a 21-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium, Carl caught a 22-yard pass from back-up quarterback on a fake field goal that put the Giants up 10-0 in the second quarter.
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Phil Simms was sacked five times as Big Blue’s running game struggled. Meanwhile, Randall Cunningham wasn’t effective through the air, but he and the Eagles running tandem of Anthony Toney and Keith Byars racked up exceptional rushing yards per attempt. The killer was Giants kicker Raul Allegre missing a field goal that ended up being the difference.
Banks had the second best year of his 12-year career, with one pick, four sacks, and 89 solo tackles. Though Carl only had one Pro Bowl season, he did make the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Second Team All 1980s Team.
The ’89 Giants went 12-4, finishing first in the NFC East and securing the #2 seed in the playoffs, but lost in overtime to the Los Angeles Rams 19-13 in the Divisional Round at home on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Flipper Anderson. It’s been considered one of the five most devastating playoff losses in franchise history.
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