While the 1986 team was dominant, the 1990 championship was a more impressive coaching feat.
Lawrence Taylor was still a force, but starting to show signs of aging. After recording at least 15 sacks in three of the four previous years, he only accounted for 10.5, despite getting three in the season opener.
To make matters even more difficult, starting quarterback Phil Simms was lost for the year during a late-season skid.
But Parcells didn’t start making excuses for his team.
The Giants continued to execute his ground-out-the-clock scheme throughout the playoffs, and Parcells kept things light for second-string quarterback Jeff Hostetler. They walloped the Chicago Bears with 31 points, despite only 17 passes from Hostetler. New York followed up that offensive outburst with only five field goals against the San Francisco 49ers, but it was enough for a defensive victory.
In the Super Bowl, the Giants held the ball for a record 40 minutes and 33 seconds, keeping the ball away from the explosive Buffalo Bills. Then, history was made in the form of Bills kicker Scott Norwood, who pushed a game-winning field goal wide right.
The opposition in those final two games was probably more talented than New York. However, that wasn’t enough to match Parcells and his Giants.