Led by Steve Owen, the Giants finished with an 11-1-1 record, then stunned Red Grange, John Driscoll and the Bears 13-7 at the Polo Grounds.

"It was the toughest, roughest football game I ever played in," Owen would say later. With the score tied 7-7, the Bears drove to the Giants’ one-yard line, but Owen and Cal Hubbard spearheaded a goal line defense which held the Bears out of the end zone.

Hinkey Haines then faked a punt from his own end zone and completed a pass to Charlie Corgan for a 58-yard gain that set up the winning score and elation for Tim Mara and the Giants.

*Victory clinched the NFL Championship- there was no Championship game in 1927.

1927 Giants


Year: 1933
Score: Chicago Bears 23, GIANTS 21

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1933 Championship Game Program CoverJack Manders opened the scoring for the Bears before 26,000 fans in Wrigley Field, with a 16-yard field goal in the first period that ignited 60 minutes of fireworks. Manders kicked a 40-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead in the second quarter before Harry Newman hit Red Badgro for a touchdown pass and a 7-6 Giants halftime lead.

Manders’ third field goal regained the lead for the Bears, but Max Krause’s touchdown and the conversion by Ken Strong put the Giants back in front, 14-9.

A pass from Bronko Nagurski to Bill Karr gave Chicago a 16-14 lead before Strong lateraled to Newman, who then threw a touchdown pass back to Strong for a 21-16 Giant advantage late in the game.

The Bears bounced back to win, however, when Nagurski’s jump pass to Bill Hewitt was lateraled to Karr for the game-winning touchdown.

Year: 1934
Score: GIANTS 30, Chicago Bears 13
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Ken Strong 1934With the temperature at nine degrees and the Polo Grounds covered with a sheet of ice, this became the famous "Sneakers Game" when Steve Owen provided his squad with basketball shoes to open the second half, when his club faced a 10-3 deficit. The Giants responded with four touchdowns which had a crowd of 35,059 roaring its approval.

The Bears had a string of 33 games without a defeat entering the game, but fell behind 3-0 on a 38-yard FG by Ken Strong. A TD by Bronko Nagurski and a field goal by Jack Manders gave the Bears their halftime lead. After taking a 13-3 lead on another Manders’ field goal, the Bears were swamped by a fourth-period Giant uprising which saw Ed Danowski throw a 28-yard TD pass to Ike Frankian and Ken Strong race 42 yards for another touchdown just moments later for a 17-13 lead. Danowski and Strong later scored again to turn the game into a rout.

Year: 1935
Score: Detroit Lions 26, GIANTS 7
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With a crowd of about 15,000 looking on, the Lions took a 13-0 lead in the first period when Leroy "Ace" Gutowsky plunged over from the 5-yard line and Earl "Dutch" Clark shook loose on a 40-yard touchdown romp.

The Giants closed the gap to 13-7 in the third period when Ed Danowski connected with Ken Strong for a 42-yard touchdown pass. But the Lions’ defense set up two more scores in the final period with a blocked punt and an intercepted pass. Ernie Caddel scored the first on a 4-yard slant and Buddy Parker the second on a 9-yard run.

Score: GIANTS 23, Green Bay Packers 17
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The two rivals staged a thrilling game before 48,120 fans in the Polo Grounds, the largest crowd to see a championship game at that time. With the victory, the Giants became the first team to win the championship twice since the NFL split into two divisions in 1933.

The Giants blocked two punts early in the game, and capitalized on both with Ward Cuff kicking a 13-yard field goal and Tuffy Leemans blasting over on a 6-yard plunge. Arnie Herber’s 40-yard TD pass to Carl Mulleneaux got the Packers on the scoreboard, but Ed Danowski hit Hap Barnard for a 21-yard TD pass and a 16-7 lead.

The Packers closed to 16-14 at halftime on Clark Hinkle’s 1-yard TD before taking a 17-16 lead on Paul Engebretsen’s third-period field goal. The Giants scored the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Danowski passed to Hank Soar.

Year: 1939
Score: Green Bay Packers 27, GIANTS 0
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The Packers earned a measure of revenge for the previous year’s defeat in a game played before 32,279 fans at Milwaukee’s State Fair Grounds. Cold weather and a 35-MPH wind made throwing the football a difficult exercise, but Green Bay scored quickly on a 7-yard pitch from Arnie Herber to Milt Gantenbein. Paul Engebretsen kicked a 29-yard field goal in the third period for a 10-0 lead, and the Packers wrapped it up with Joe Laws’ 31-yard touchdown reception from Cecil Isbell, a 1-yard plunge by Ed Jankowski and Ernie Smith’s 42-yard field goal.

Year: 1941
Score: Chicago Bears 37, GIANTS 9
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Attendance was only 13,341 at Wrigley Field, just two weeks after Pearl Harbor Day. The Giants led 6-3 in the first period on Tuffy Leemans’ 31-yard pass to George Franck. But the Bears scored on a pair of field goals, then broke the game wide open in the second half on touchdowns by Norm Standlee (two) George McAfee and Ken Kavanaugh.

Year: 1944
Score: Green Bay Packers 14, GIANTS 7
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The Packers took a 14-0 lead at halftime before 46,016 at the Polo Grounds on touchdowns by Ted Fritsch – the first on a 2-yard plunge and the second on a 26-yard pass from lrv Comp with Don Hutson adding the conversions. Ward Cuff scored on a 1-yard plunge on the first play of the final period for the Giants, but the Packers hung on for the triumph.

Year: 1946
Score: Chicago Bears 24, GIANTS 14
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Sid Luckman was the big man for the Bears in this win before 58,346 at the Polo Grounds. He threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Ken Kavanaugh to open the scoring, then ran 19 yards for a score later in the game.

Dante Magnani’s 19-yard pass interception accounted for the third Bear score, while the Giants scored on touchdown passes from Frank Filchock to Frank Liebel and Steve Filipowicz.

Year: 1956
Score: GIANTS 47, Chicago Bears 7
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The Giants won their first championship in 18 years by overwhelming the Bears. Fullback Mel Triplett scored early on a 17-yard run. Ben Agajanian then added a pair of field goals for a 13-0 lead.

It was 34-7 at halftime after Alex Webster crashed over for a pair of touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line. Charlie Conerly threw two touchdown passes in the second half, the first a 9-yarder to Kyle Rote, the second a 14-yarder to Frank Gifford.

Year: 1958
Score: Baltimore Colts 23, GIANTS 17 (OT)
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New York GIants Championship Game 1958
NY Giants play Baltimore Colts in "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
Because of its drama and sudden-death conclusion, this is still called The Greatest Game Ever Played.

With a crowd of 64,185 on hand in Yankee Stadium, the Giants led 3-0 on a 36-yard, first-period field goal by Pat Summerall.

The Colts rallied for a 14-3 halftime advantage on a 2-yard run by Alan Ameche and Johnny Unitas’ 15-yard scoring pass to Raymond Berry. The Giants scored in the third period on a 1-yard plunge by Mel Triplett that was set up by an 86-yard throw from Charlie Conerly to Kyle Rote, with Webster picking up Rote’s fumble.

The Giants went in front 17-14 on Conerly’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Gifford in the fourth period. But the Colts tied the game with seven seconds to play on Steve Myrah’s 20-yard FG and won in the overtime on Ameche’s 1-yard plunge, the 13th play of a Colt drive.

Year: 1959
Baltimore Colts 31, GIANTS 16
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A sellout crowd of 57,577 was on hand at Baltimore’s Municipal Stadium for the big rematch of the divisional champions. The home crowd had plenty to cheer about early in the game, as Johnny Unitas hit Lenny Moore for a 59-yard touchdown pass. But the Giants surged back to stop the Colt offense. With Pat Summerall kicking three field goals (23, 27 and 22 yards), the Giants led 9-7 going into the final period. But the Colts stormed back with a furious onslaught as Unitas scored on a 4-yard run, threw a 12-yard TD pass to Jerry Richardson and Johnny Sample returned an interception for another score.

Year: 1961
Score: Green Bay Packers 37, GIANTS 0
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With a crowd of 39,029 looking on in Green Bay, Paul Hornung paced the Packers to a stunning triumph by scoring 19 points on a touchdown, three field goals and four conversions.

On leave from his Army duties in Fort Riley, Kan., Hornung scored on a 6-yard slant in the second period to break a scoreless deadlock and set off a Packer splurge which accounted for 24 points in the quarter. The Giants were unable to recover from this onslaught and suffered their first shutout loss in nine seasons. Bart Starr’s touchdown pass to Ron Kramer and a pair of Hornung field goals closed out the scoring in the second half.

Year: 1962
Score: Green Bay Packers 16, GIANTS 7
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Bitter cold weather at Yankee Stadium was no deterrent to 64,892 fans who turned out for the championship game. A trio of field goals by Packer guard Jerry Kramer (26, 29 and 30 yards) made the difference in a game where both defensive units turned in superlative jobs.

The only Giant score was a result of defensive work when Erich Barnes blocked a Max McGee punt and reserve end Jim Collier fell on the ball in the end zone.

Year: 1963
Score: Chicago Bears 14,GIANTS 10
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The Bears defense turned the tide in this championship game, played in 10-degree weather in Wrigley Field. After taking an early lead on Y.A. Tittle’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Frank Gifford and Don Chandler’s 13-yard field goal, the Giants were then victimized by five Chicago interceptions, two of which set up the Bear scores.

Larry Morris swiped the first one for a return of 61 yards, while Ed O’Bradovich’s steal of a screen pass set up what turned out to be the winning score. Tittle suffered a knee injury in the first half, but gallantly returned to action in the second half, though he was hampered and hobbled by his injury.

Year: 1986
Score: GIANTS 39, Denver Broncos 20
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NY Giants in 1986 Championship Super Bowl XXI
NY Giants win Super Bowl XXI against Denver Broncos in 1986.
Led by the brilliant record-setting passing of Phil Simms, the Giants won their first Super Bowl with a 30-point second-half onslaught before 101,063 spectators at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Simms played the finest game ever by a Super Bowl quarterback, completing 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three TDs, setting an all-time NFL playoff mark by hitting 88 percent of his passes and winning the game’s MVP award.

Down 10-9 at halftime, the Giants rang up 24 unanswered points to take a commanding 33-10 lead in the fourth period. Simms threw touchdown pass to tight ends Zeke Mowatt and Mark Bavaro and wide receiver Phil McConkey.

Linebacker Carl Banks was a star on defense with 10 solo tackles as the Giants concluded their greatest season ever with a 17-2 record.

Year: 1990
Score: GIANTS 20, Buffalo Bills 19
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Giants in Superbowl XXV
NY Giants win Super Bowl XXV against the Buffalo Bills by one point.
The Giants won their second Super Bowl championship before 73,813 at Tampa Stadium by battling back from a 12-3 deficit in what many consider to be the best of all Super Bowls.

Ahead 20-19 in the final moments of play, the Giants prevailed when Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal attempt wide right.

QB Jeff Hostetler, who replaced the injured Phil Simms late in the season, completed 20-for-32 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown.

Veteran running back Ottis Anderson rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown and won the MVP honors.

The Giants set an all-time Super Bowl record for time of possession with 40:33 in their ball-control offensive game plan.

Year: 2000
Score: Baltimore Ravens, 34, GIANTS 7
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NY Giants in Super Bowl XXXV
NY Giants play Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
The Giants lost for the first time in three Super Bowl appearances and saw their seven-game winning streak end before 71,921 fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The Giants endured a rough evening, falling behind 10-0 at halftime and 17-0 in the third period before scoring their only touchdown on Ron Dixon’s 97-yard kickoff return. But the Ravens countered immediately with Jermaine Lewis’ 84-yard kickoff return, which increased Baltimore’s lead to 24-7.

Quarterback Kerry Collins completed 15 of 39 passes for 114 yards and tied a Super Bowl record by throwing four interceptions.

Tiki Barber led the Giants in rushing (49 yards) and receiving (six catches for 25 yards). The defense played well, limiting the Ravens to 244 yards.

Year: 2007
Score: Giants 17, PATRIOTS 14
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NY Giants in Super Bowl XLII
NY Giants play Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Super Bowl XLII had a perfect ending, but the unexpected twist was that it belonged to the Giants. Eli Manning engineered a fourth quarter comeback drive for the ages and concluded perhaps the greatest postseason run in NFL history as the underdog Giants upset the previously undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The Giants won their third championship of the Super Bowl era – the first in 17 years - and seventh overall in what will surely be remembered as one of the most exciting title games in NFL history. It was the first of 42 Super Bowls in which the lead changed hands three times in the fourth quarter.

Plaxico Burress scored the game-winning points with only 35 seconds remaining on a 13-yard pass from Manning. Manning, voted the game’s most valuable player, completed 19 of 34 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. David Tyree scored the Giants’ first touchdown and made an unbelievable catch on the game-winning drive. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 87 rushing yards. Amani Toomer caught six passes for 84 yards and Smith added five for 50 yards. Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal, which ultimately proved to be the deciding points.

The Giants’ defense held the Patriots to 14 points. After a Randy Moss touchdown gave New England the lead with 2:42 left, Manning responded by completing five of nine passes for 77 yards on a game-winning drive.