How the NY Giants won two Super Bowls, then became a total mess


When the NY Giants beat the Patriots for their second Super Bowl in five years, it felt like they were in a position to win in any situation. They weren’t the best, but they knew when to turn it on. But before we knew it, everything fell apart. Plagued by injuries and salary cap hell, the Giants did all they could to stay afloat. They brought in some shiny new toys like Odell Beckham Jr., David Wilson and Landon Collins, in hopes of rejuvenating what was left of their Super Bowl core.

When that didn’t work, they jettisoned the last of the old and used free agency to bring in some fresh blood. It worked, but only for a season, and they soon returned to the decline that – at this moment – has no end in sight.


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100 comments on “How the NY Giants won two Super Bowls, then became a total mess

  1. Spencer Furman on

    Got some ideas:

    – Texas Rangers (2010-2011 WS).
    – New York Jets (2 straight AFC Championship appearances).
    – Detroit Red Wings (2008 Stanley Cup to now).
    – San Francisco 49ers (after letting go of Jim Harbaugh).
    – Carolina Hurricanes (following 2006-2007).
    – Detroit Pistons (following 2004 Champions and 2005 finals appearance).
    – Sacramento Kings (Following 2002 WCF Vs. Lakers).


  2. snappy452 on

    This is so well done and very telling of the saga that is the Eli Manning era. People that want to force him out would rather blame the one guy who is reliable for this team instead of the constant shuffling of deck chairs on the Gi-tanic. This team and owner group are so incompetent that they failed to build a consistently good team around a great QB for years.

    Reese was playing poker with his GM style and hit big twice but ultimately busted big to the house of stupidity. Ben McAdoo was the perfect example. I always thought he looked like a guy who was holding the play sheet upside down and couldnt figure out why its so hard to read.

  3. Bear 7453 on

    Idc what anyone says, there aren’t many quarterbacks who have beaten Tom Brady even ONCE!!! Eli Manning beat Tom Brady in TWO Super Bowls ! TWO! That’s what he’ll be remembered for. ELI escaped the pocket and threw the ball to David tyree. ELI threw that beautiful ball that was perfectly placed to Mario manningham on the sideline.

  4. BlitzinLB27 on

    Also a little misleading…. 2011 giants were 9-7!! NINE AND SEVEN!!!!!!!! Giants teams In the late 80s would run this bunch off the field. They got red hot at the right time. This bunch never had the makings of a dynasty,EVER!! Examine 2011 Packers and 2013 Seahawks for that.

  5. Jack KingOff on

    Nice to know NY beat Boston in the most highest level game in American football. Sad that NY went down hill since 2012, 2008-09 season was promising but crashed in the playoffs.

  6. M N on

    I’m sorry but I don’t think teams that win two titles should “qualify” for this series. Look at how many really good teams couldn’t even win one. I think the early 2000 Eagles would have been a better “candidate”.

  7. Tom Brunetti on

    You should do one for the raiders after the tuck rule game, and the following Super Bowl loss to Gruden and the Buccaneers. It would literally be a whole series on its own.

  8. CrowT23 on

    I'm liking this series. So many teams to choose from. Teams that could have been great dynasties that only won once (85 Bears, 86 Mets, 2013 Seahawks) Or teams that slowly collapsed from greatness going from heavy favorites to a fringe playoff team to losing seasons (Red Wings ending their playoff streak, the NY Rangers since 2015, The Buffalo Bills after Kelly)


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