The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York Metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team plays its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which it shares with fellow member, the New York Jets of the American Football Conference (AFC).
The Giants were one of the five teams that joined the NFL in 1925 and remain the only franchise of the group that exists.
The Giants rank third among all NFL franchises with eight NFL Championships: four in the pre-Super Bowl era (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956) and four since the advent of the Super Bowl (1986, 1990, 2007, 2011). The Giants also possess the most championship appearances than any other team, with 19 overall appearances.
From 1958 to 1963, the Giants played in the NFL Championship Game five times but failed to win. Most significantly, the Giants played the then Baltimore Colts in the 1958 NFL Championship game, which is considered a watershed event in the history of the NFL.
The game, which the Giants lost in overtime 23–17, is often called “The Greatest Game Ever Played” and is considered one of the most important events in furthering the NFL’s popularity.
Best Players and Coahses in NY Giants History
They have featured 28 Hall of Famers which include NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winners Mel Hein, Frank Gifford, Y.A. Tittle, and Lawrence Taylor.
Taylor, who played as an outside linebacker for the Giants from 1981-1993, is widely considered one of the greatest football players of all time and certainly the greatest defensive player of all time. Taylor won two Super Bowls with the Giants and is only one of two defensive players in NFL history to be voted the NFL MVP, an award he achieved in 1986.
The man that coached him, Bill Parcells, was at the helm of those two championships. He was instrumental in turning around a Giants squad, that, before he arrived in 1983, qualified for the playoffs just once (1981) in the previous decade. He turned the group of also-rans into a winning team and his defences were so disruptive, they earned the popular moniker of the ‘Big Blue Wrecking Crew’, a tribute to the Giants defensive prowess under Parcells’ stewardship.
Following Parcells’ departure from the team after their second Super Bowl together in 1990, the Giants went through a period of decline and rebuild throughout the 90s.
They reached another Super Bowl in 2000, under Jim Fassel, however, they were dominated by the Baltimore Ravens with a score that ended 34-7 in favor of the Ravens.
Recent History of the NY Giants: The Eli Manning Era 2004-2019
2004 saw a new era for the Giants. They traded for the number one overall pick, Eli Manning; son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and younger brother of star NFL quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning.
The Giants also replaced Jim Fassell with Tom Coughlin, who was the wide receiver’s coach for the Giants when they won the Super Bowl in 1990.
The combination of Coughlin and Manning, alongside a reincarnation of the ‘Big Blue Wrecking Crew’ led by Michael Strahan, the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007 and 2011, defeating the New England Patriots in both years. The 2007 Super Bowl over the previously undefeated New England Patriots is widely agreed to be the biggest, and most shocking, upset in NFL history as the Giants denied the Patriots a chance to become the only 19-0 team in NFL history.
In recent years, however, the Giants have been a shadow of themselves with Manning unable to feed star receiver Odell Beckham JR adequately. The Giants picked running back Saquon Barkley second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and he made an instant impact, scoring 15 touchdowns in his rookie season and securing the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Beckham was traded last summer to the Cleveland Browns while the Giants seemingly picked the future replacement for manning, selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall, which shocked the entire NFL stratosphere.
Manning was benched two games into the 2019/20 NFL season for Jones who won his first two games starting for the Giants. So as the Eli Manning era ends… is this the beginning of the Daniel Jones era and another resurgence in the great history of the New York Giants…?