The New York Giants won their second Super Bowl of the Eli Manning era, defeating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, just as they did in Super Bowl XLII. With the victory, the franchise improves to a record of 4-1 in Super Bowl appearances.
We simulated a round-robin tournament featuring every Giants Super Bowl team to see how the current squad stacks up to the best teams in franchise history. Using our NFL simulation engine, we played the 2011 Giants head-to-head, 1,001 times, with the 2007, 2000, 1990 and 1986 Giants.
|Giants Super Bowl Teams Head-to-Head: 1,001 Sims|
|Team||Win%||Avg PPG||Avg PPA|
|1||2011 New York Giants||61.1||27.7||24.2|
|2||1990 New York Giants||50.1||21.9||21.9|
|3||2000 New York Giants||49.7||22.3||22.3|
|4||1986 New York Giants||47.5||22.2||23.1|
|5||2007 New York Giants||41.5||21.8||24.4|
The findings suggest this year's Giants team may be the best yet.
Manning's 4,933 passing yards on the season, fourth-best in the league, impressed the engine as the 2011 edition outscored the other four Giants teams.
Meanwhile, Manning's 2007 team was the most offensively-challenged in the simulation. Manning passed for 3,336 yards in 2007, but his team rallied from a 10-6 record to beat the previously-undefeated Patriots in one of the Super Bowl's biggest upsets.
We also simulated the 2011 Giants against the other 45 Super Bowl champions. Using our NFL simulation engine, we played a round-robin tournament in which each team played 101 games against every opponent, generating the win percentage and average score from those games.
The 2011 Giants won 51.3 percent of the time, good enough for 20th among the 46 participants. At 27.1 points per game, the Giants scored the eighth-most points in the simulation. However, their defense also surrendered the third-most, allowing opponents to score 27.0 points per game.
|All-Time Super Bowl Power Rankings|
|Team||Win%||Avg PPG||Avg PPA|
|1||1999 St. Louis Rams||80.8||32.9||21.4|
|2||1989 San Francisco 49ers||69.7||28.6||22.4|
|3||1991 Washington Redskins||67.2||27.3||21.6|
|4||1984 San Francisco 49ers||64.6||28.6||23.6|
|5||2009 New Orleans Saints||63.9||30.8||26.3|
|6||1996 Green Bay Packers||62.3||25.1||21.3|
|7||1985 Chicago Bears||61.6||24.2||20.4|
|8||1993 Dallas Cowboys||60.8||27.7||24.2|
|9||2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers||60.6||22.9||19.5|
|10||1994 San Francisco 49ers||58||25.9||23.5|
|11||1979 Pittsburgh Steelers||57.5||25.1||22.4|
|12||2005 Pittsburgh Steelers||57.5||23.9||21.6|
|13||1998 Denver Broncos||57.1||26.9||24.7|
|14||1972 Miami Dolphins||56.8||26||23.2|
|15||1971 Dallas Cowboys||56.7||24||21.5|
|16||1992 Dallas Cowboys||54.8||24.6||22.9|
|17||1975 Pittsburgh Steelers||52.5||23.2||22.4|
|18||1969 Kansas City Chiefs||52.1||22.9||21.9|
|19||1995 Dallas Cowboys||51.4||25.7||25.4|
|20||2011 New York Giants||51.3||27.1||27|
|21||2010 Green Bay Packers||50.6||23.8||23.8|
|22||2004 New England Patriots||50.4||24.7||24.7|
|23||1976 Oakland Raiders||50.1||25.6||25.5|
|24||1988 San Francisco 49ers||49.7||24||24.2|
|25||1977 Dallas Cowboys||49.3||21.3||21.1|
|26||1987 Washington Redskins||49.1||25||25.3|
|27||1973 Miami Dolphins||49.1||22.2||22|
|28||2003 New England Patriots||49||21.1||21.5|
|29||2008 Pittsburgh Steelers||47.7||19.9||20.7|
|30||1997 Denver Broncos||47.6||25.4||26.3|
|31||2006 Indianapolis Colts||46.3||28.7||30.2|
|32||1968 New York Jets||46||22.4||23.6|
|33||2000 Baltimore Ravens||44.8||20||22.1|
|34||1966 Green Bay Packers||43.8||20.7||22.3|
|35||1978 Pittsburgh Steelers||42.5||20.1||22.3|
|36||1986 New York Giants||41.4||21||24.2|
|37||1983 Los Angeles Raiders||41.4||21.9||24.7|
|38||1990 New York Giants||41.2||20.3||23.2|
|39||1974 Pittsburgh Steelers||41.1||19.1||21.8|
|40||1982 Washington Redskins||38.9||20.3||24|
|41||1981 San Francisco 49ers||35.7||20.1||25|
|42||2007 New York Giants||35.4||21||26.1|
|43||1967 Green Bay Packers||33.4||19.5||25.1|
|44||1980 Oakland Raiders||29.1||17.8||24.8|
|45||1970 Baltimore Colts||25.8||17.8||26|
|46||2001 New England Patriots||23.6||18||27.8|
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