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Greeatest Plays in Giants History

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Posted: 7/15/2014 11:45 AM

Greeatest Plays in Giants History 


 I am fairly new here, but I have been a Giants fan for well over 60 years. Recently, I read an article that tried to list the top 10 plays in Giants history. I can't find the link, but some of the plays, Tyree's helmet catch, LT breaking Theisman's leg, the 'Fumble'. What bothered me about this list, at least to me, is that breaking Theisman's leg, or even the 'Fumble' aren't GREAT plays in Giants history. They might have been meaningful plays, but the Giants are going to celebrate their 90th year and there have sure been many great plays in that time.


Tyree's helmet catch has to be #1, just for the time and importance of the catch

after that in no particular order

Bavaro's run against the 49ers on MNF
Simms to B Johnson for 17 yards on 4th down
Reason's hit on the goal line in the snow, in Denver
Manningham's catch in SB 46
Mark Ingrams catch and run in SB 25
Summerall's winning 49 yard (???) FG in the snow in 1958 to tie for  the division for the Giants (they still really don't know how long that FG was, as they don't know where he kicked it from)
Jason Seahorn's batted pass, recovery for an INT and then TD run
Can this be a great play--Parcells taking the wind at the coin toss for the 1986 NFC Championship Game?
In the 'to me the greatest game the Giants ever played' the 15-13 win over the 49ers to go to SB25, Howards stripping Craig of the ball and then 'THE KICK' Matt Bahr sending us to the SB. I still get goose bumps recalling how I felt when that ball went thru the up rights.
Eli to Plax to win SB42
Cruz 99 TD run against the Jets
Joe Danelo's kick to beat Dallas and get us into the playoffs in 1981. First time in God knows how many years.

So many great moments. Any more favs or comment on any of these.



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Last edited 7/15/2014 12:05 PM by Jintsfan46

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Posted: 7/15/2014 1:57 PM

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Welcome aboard Jintsfan. I agree, Theismann's injury has no place on the list. I never understood why people get excited about that play. They grin and brag about it like it was some awesome accomplishment. A guy was in agony with his leg broken in half, and people think that's cool or awesome? No. It was awful and I felt bad for Theismann, regardless of whether he hates the Giants or not.

I can't even think of the top plays as there are so many of them.

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Posted: 7/15/2014 2:37 PM

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your list is great has so many great moments. Like you I go back a little less (50 years)

greatest - Eli to Plax to win SB42 can be #1. or Tyree's helmet catch

but one of the most memorable plays is ....Simms throws a pass to Bavaro in the end zone. The pass bounced off Bavaro's fingertips, but fell right into the hands of McConkey for a touchdown, extending the lead to 33–10. SB XXI was now ours .
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Posted: 7/15/2014 5:15 PM

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I just watched a replay of SB21 on the NFL network. I guess getting old fogs the memory a bit, but I had completely forgotten about that goal line stand the defense made and then the missed FG. Maybe not one of the greatest moments, but it basically sealed Denver's fate.

another SB play that may be yes or no, belonging on a list of great plays, in SB25, when smith tackled Hoss for that safety, it was utterly remarkable that he held onto the ball. Had it come loose and the Bills recovered, that game might have had a different ending. A truly remarkable play by Hoss, especially as he hadn't had much experience in situations like that.
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Posted: 7/15/2014 6:41 PM

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Definitely a great list and thanks for triggering the memories.  There is a play that I remember from when I was a kid in the 1950s.  I do not remember the game or year.  What I remember is Kyle Rote throwing a fake in mid air and catching the ball.  I believe the route was over the middle.  Another memory I have is the Giants (principally Huff) holding Jim Brown to 8 yards in 7 carries in the 1958 playoff game that the Giants won 10-0.  The previous week the Giants beat the Browns 13-10 to tie the Browns for first place in the NFL East.   

My initial thought about the #1 all time play was the pass to Mham in SB46.  There was a lot of luck involved in the helmet catch.  The pass to Mham was incredible in terms of the pass itself and the catch.  Especially Mham staying in bounds.
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Posted: 7/15/2014 7:34 PM

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The 12 sacks by the 2007 team vs Mc Soupys Eagle squad was one of the best I recall and helped launch the d line into prominence
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Posted: 7/16/2014 12:52 AM

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I love how that Reasons play always gets remembered in Denver.
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Posted: 7/16/2014 3:38 AM

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Another great play, which is better than the leg break is Tiki's TD run against the Chiefs where he beat half the Defence
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Posted: 7/16/2014 11:12 AM

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 Tiki gave us many great memories. I guess it's the way he went out that has blurred many of them for most Giants fans.

Speaking of the Reason's hit, would that be illegal today?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...&feature=kp
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Posted: 7/16/2014 11:39 AM

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I think it is legal since the hit is shoulder to shoulder.  At first I thought Reason's head hit the runner's shoulder.  With that said, I am not sure how the refs are instructed to call head to head tackles that close to the LOS.
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Posted: 7/16/2014 12:28 PM

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I personally don't think the Reasons play is a penalty, but I think if that happened now days it would have gotten flagged. He led with his head, and the fact that it was in Denver at a key moment of the game would have drawn the flag IMO.

By the way, that was when football was football.

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Posted: 7/16/2014 12:28 PM

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Gordon

 I also agree that he hit with his shoulder, but he did 'launch' himself and led with his head. Isn't that a penalty in today's NFL?
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Posted: 7/16/2014 12:40 PM

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My understanding is that launching is OK near the LOS.  I am thinking that it is common for LBers to launch themselves on goal line stands.  As long as there isn't a head to head hit, I am thinking the refs will not call it.  Reason does tuck his head and lead with his shoulder at the very last slit second.  I definitely can see a ref calling a penalty even though IMO it was a clean hit even by today's standards.
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Posted: 7/16/2014 9:27 PM

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leagued wrote: Welcome aboard Jintsfan. I agree, Theismann's injury has no place on the list. I never understood why people get excited about that play. They grin and brag about it like it was some awesome accomplishment. A guy was in agony with his leg broken in half, and people think that's cool or awesome? No. It was awful and I felt bad for Theismann, regardless of whether he hates the Giants or not.

I can't even think of the top plays as there are so many of them.

The irony was I think it launched Jay Schroeder's career and he torched us the rest of that game.    


Fun topic jintsfan.    


I'll add a Gary Reasons moment.    The fake punt run for a first down in that 15-13 Niners win in 1990.   That was a HUGE moment for the Giants in a game that felt like it wasn't really ours to win.   I think that Reasons 30 or so yard run helped set up the Matt Bahr kick to get us within 13-12.    Then the strip of Roger Craig was the next huge moment.    That's def one of my favorite games of all time.    


Tiki does get a little bit of a bum rap with us Giants fans.    He came up VERY big in some big games where we needed him.   That performance against the Eagles to get us into the playoffs in 02 was amazing.   Esp. considering how often he fumbled.   lol.    That was probably the Giants team I was most disappointed with.   I mean......our defense was falling apart b/c it was running out of players........but that offense may have been the most potent offense I've seen as a Giants fan.    Even more potent than offenses we featured with Eli.     The O Line, Kerry Collins, Shockey, Toomer, and Tiki were borderline unstoppable in the second half of that season.     I didn't feel like anyone could stop us.   


You could probably pick a moment or two from the 1981 game against the Cowboys that got the Giants back into the playoffs after a long layoff.
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Posted: 7/16/2014 11:22 PM

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I would throw in the trio of tackles inside the 5 yard line in SB 21 by LT, Banks, and Carson to stuff Denver as a monumental scenario.  That really kept Denver from taking control in the 2nd qtr of the SB and Karlis then missed the chip shot field goal.    

Bavaro's deflection to McKonkey really sealed the deal on the SB 21 win.
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Posted: 7/16/2014 11:26 PM

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Jerry Rice inexplicably dropping the ball in the 86 playoff game when he had nothing but 7 points ahead of him.
Jim Burt ensuring that there would be no Montana magic late in that game.
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