New York Giants: A History of Big Blue in NFC Championship Games
We've heard the smack talk. We've heard the hype. In 48 hours, it'll be time to strap up and find out who is going to the Super Bowl in two weeks.
For the Giants, this is their fifth trip back to the NFC Championship Game in their history.
How have they played in these kind of games?
As you will all see from their history, they played pretty damn well in them.
1986 NFC Championship Game: Giants 17, Redskins 0
The previous week, the Giants manhandled and destroyed the San Francisco 49ers, 49-3, and moved on to play their division rival, Washington Redskins for the NFC Championship.
The Giants came in 15-2 with the No. 2 ranked defense in the NFL and they took no prisoners against Washington and Jay Schroeder.
Schroeder went 20-of-50 passing with 195 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, and was sacked four times.
The Giants scored on an 11-yard pass from Phil Simms to Lionel Manuel in the first quarter, a field goal by Raul Allegre and a one-yard run from Joe Morris in the second quarter, which made it 17-0.
And that was all for the scoring. The Giants dominated and shut out Washington, 17-0, to win the NFC Championship and move on to Super Bowl XXI to play the Denver Broncos.
The Giants went on to beat Denver, 39-20, to win their first-ever Super Bowl.
1990 NFC Championship Game: Giants 15, 49ers 13
Four years later, the Giants were back in the NFC Championship Game against the opponent they will play this coming Sunday.
Going into the game, the 49ers were an eight-point favorite.
The Giants were 14-3 heading into the game while the 49ers were 15-2. It was the classic heavyweight matchup with a trip to Super Bowl XXV on the line to play the Buffalo Bills.
This game featured a lot of field goals from Matt Bahr and Mike Cofer, as it was 6-6 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Joe Montana threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor to put help ahead the 49ers, 13-6.
The Giants defense clamped down and prevented any further scoring from San Francisco.
Bahr made three straight field goals, two of which were in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner from 42 yards out to knock off the 49ers and moved the Giants to Super Bowl XXV.
On January 27, 1991 (my seventh birthday), the Giants, as a seven-point underdogs, knocked off the Bills, 20-19, to win their second Super Bowl.
2000 NFC Championship: Giants 41, Vikings 0
Going into this game, a lot of people thought the Vikings offense would be too much for the Giants.
And oh boy, were they really wrong!
The Giants scored two touchdowns and were up 14-0 before Daunte Culpepper ever took a snap in the game.
The Giants absolutely dominated this game from beginning to end.
Kerry Collins went 28-of-39 passing for 381 yards and threw five touchdown passes.
At halftime, it was 34-0, and a seven-yard touchdown pass from Collins to Amani Toomer helped make it 41-0.
Culpepper was simply pounded into the ground by the Giants defense, throwing for only 78 yards and three interceptions while being sacked four times.
The Giants shut out Minnesota, 41-0, and moved on to Super Bowl XXXV to play the Baltimore Ravens on January 28, 2001 (the day after my 17th birthday).
The Ravens defense destroyed the Giants, 34-7, and painfully ruined my 17th birthday weekend.
2007 NFC Championship Game: Giants 23, Packers 20
We all know about the magical run of 2007.
In the fourth quarter, Lawrence Tynes was almost the goat of this game, as he missed a 43-yard field goal with about seven minutes left and then missed a 36-yarder at the end of regulation that would have ended the game in favor of the Giants.
The Packers won the coin toss and took the ball. On the first possession in overtime, Favre was picked off by Corey Webster, giving the Giants excellent field position.
The Giants gave Tynes one last shot at redemption from 47 yards out. Most people were bracing themselves for a third straight miss.
Only this one Tynes drilled right down the middle, won the game for the Giants, 23-20, and moved them on to face the 18-0 Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
The Giants finished off their magical run by knocking off the Patriots, 17-14, in the Super Bowl, giving them their third in franchise history.
2011 NFC Championship Game: Giants vs 49ers
In their history, the Giants are 4-0 in NFC Championship Games.
And on Sunday, they will look to make it 5-0.
The two teams met in Week 10, when the 49ers held on to win, 27-20. But this time, the Giants are a healthy team and are the NFL's hottest team.
Eli Manning and the Giants have been down this road before, as has head coach Tom Coughlin. He will have this group focused, motivated and ready to play on Sunday.
If the Giants play to their history in these games, they could be looking at a trip to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
They'll have to get by the 14-3 49ers first at Candlestick Park, which isn't an easy task.
But I like the Giants in this one as I predicted earlier this week. After all, history is on their side.
Less than 48 hours to go...