In 1990, the New York Giants showed the NFL the true meaning of a champion when they persevered through what could have been a major setback.
The Giants opened the season by winning 11 of their first 13 before losing starting quarterback Phil Simms to a broken foot in a Week 15 matchup with the Buffalo Bills.
With Super Bowl aspirations in question, backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler did just enough to help his team get through the playoffs and into Super Bowl XXV where the Giants would face a familiar opponent: the Buffalo Bills.
The Super Bowl pitted the Giants, who lead the league in fewest points allowed, against the Bills, who entered the game with most points scored.
After a hard-fought and balanced game, Bills kicker Scott Norwood had a chance at a last second, game-winning field goal that went wide right and gave the Giants their second Super Bowl Championship in five years.
This team is the greatest New York Giants team of all time because of their ability to win, even in the face of defeat. After losing their quarterback for the year and being considered Super Bowl underdogs, the Giants went about their business and won the way Giants football is supposed to be played: with power football and defense.
The Giants' defense was first in the league in points allowed and second in the league in takeaway/giveaway, at plus-20.
The offense maintained drives and took care of the football, something current coach Tom Coughlin could appreciate. Throughout the regular season, the Giants only turned the ball over 14 times, an NFL record.
The Chicago Bulls had Jordan, Pippen, and Jackson, and the New York Giants had Simms, Taylor, and Parcells.