Since 1986, the Giants have qualified for five Super Bowls, winning four, and have provided their fan base with countless memories and a sense of fulfillment.
The past week, we've been recollecting some of those moments and, of course, we've been forlorn over the team's latest postseason dry spell. Below are some Giant-related Super Bowl facts as this year's game approaches...
From the Giants' Public Relations Dept:
The Patriots are 1-2 in Super Bowls when entering as a No. 1 seed. The two losses were to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
The team wearing white jerseys has won nine of the last 10 Super Bowls (the Packers wore green four years ago) and are 30-18 overall. The Giants wore white when they won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. New England will wear white on Sunday.
The Giants are 4-1 in Super Bowls. In those five games, they scored 104 points and allowed 104 points.
Patriots' QB Tom Brady (three) and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (last year) each have championship rings. This is the sixth time both starting quarterbacks have previously won a Super Bowl. The last matchup between champions was in Super Bowl XLVI when the Giants and Eli Manning beat Brady's Pats for the second time in four seasons.
Last year, the Denver Broncos were shut out in the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII. They were the first team to go scoreless in the first two quarters since the Giants vs. Baltimore in Super Bowl XXXV. Teams with zero first-half points are 0-12 in Super Bowls.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll, 63, and Belichick, 62, are the NFL’s second and third-oldest head coaches, behind the Giants’ Tom Coughlin, who is 68. Either Belichick or Carroll will become the third-oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, behind Coughlin (65 years, 158 days) and Dick Vermeil (63 years, 92 days). Carroll won last year when he was 62 years and 140 days old and is currently No. 3. This is the first Super Bowl matchup of head coaches age 60 or older.
Belichick (six) and Carroll (two) will set a record with eight combined appearances between head coaches. The previous record of seven was set by Belichick (five) and Coughlin (two) in Super Bowl XLVI.
The Super Bowl has had 15 different host cities and has been played in 22 different stadiums. This is the second Super Bowl to be played in University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of the Giants’ victory over New England in Super Bowl XLII.
On Dec. 21, the Seahawks played their final regular-season road game in University of Phoenix Stadium, where they defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 35-6. In 2013, Seattle’s regular-season road finale was also at the Super Bowl site, MetLife Stadium, where they beat the Giants, 23-0. New England did not play in Arizona this season. Super Bowl teams that played a regular-season game in the Super Bowl stadium are 15-9. Last year, both Denver and Seattle defeated the Giants in MetLife. Which brings us to…
In the 43 Super Bowls in which they were not one of the competing teams, the Giants played the eventual champion 33 times in the regular season. They are 2-31 in those games, defeating the-then 13-0 Denver Broncos in 1998 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. Many of the defeats occurred in the 1970s, when the Giants had just two winning records, and Dallas, their division rivals, played in five Super Bowls. The Giants are 6-24 against Super Bowl losers. They last defeated a Super Bowl participant in 2012, when they beat eventual NFC champion San Francisco.
Belichick will tie former Giants head coach Dan Reeves’ record for most Super Bowl appearances with nine. In addition to his six Super Bowls as a head coach, Belichick went three times as an assistant, including twice with the Giants. Reeves played in two Super Bowls for Dallas, was a Cowboys assistant for three others and went four times as a head coach, three with Denver (and one for Atlanta against the Broncos). He was 0-4.
For the second year in a row, the head coach of the AFC Super Bowl team is a former Giants defensive coordinator. Last season it was Denver’s John Fox, now it’s Belichick. They are among the eight former Giants assistant coaches who have led teams to Super Bowls as head coaches. Six of the eight have won at least one Super Bowl. Former Giants coaches are 12-9 as head coaches in Super Bowls.
Those other six coaches are: Vince Lombardi, Tom Coughlin, Jim Fassel, Sean Payton, Bill Parcells and To Landry.
The Giants’ 20-19 victory over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXV is the only Super Bowl decided by a single point.
The Giants’ 17-14 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII is the only Super Bowl in which there were three fourth-quarter lead changes. Their victory over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV is one of three Super Bowls with two fourth-quarter lead changes. The others were Super Bowl XLVIII (Patriots-Panthers) on Feb. 1, 2004 and Super Bowl XLIII (Steelers-Cardinals) on Feb. 1, 2009. Super Bowl XLIX will be played on Feb. 1.
New England’s previous five Super Bowls in the Belichick/Brady era were decided by 3, 3, 3, 3 and 4 points, the latter two losses to the Giants.
In the first 48 Super Bowls, the coin flipped at midfield prior to kickoff has come up heads and tails 24 times apiece. The coin toss winner is … 24-24. But, the coin toss winner has won four of the last five Super Bowls. The NFC has won 15 of 17. The last four coin toss winners – and five of the last six – have deferred their choice to the second half. The Patriots are 1-6 in Super Bowl coin tosses (the win was vs. the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI), the Seahawks are 2-0. The Giants won two of five Super Bowl coin tosses. This season, when New England and Seattle win the coin flip that starts a game, they are 18-2; when losing the flip, they are 10-6.
Eli Manning has a Super Bowl completion percentage of 66.22 (49-for-74), the fourth-highest in history (minimum 40 attempts). The top three are Troy Aikman (70.00), Peyton Manning (68.18) and Joe Montana (68.03).
Teams scoring first are 32-16 in the Super Bowl.
The NFC holds a 26-22 lead over the AFC in Super Bowls. Four teams - San Francisco (5), Dallas (5), Green Bay (4) and the Giants (4) – have accounted for 54 percent of the NFC victories.
Sixteen father/son duos have reached the Super Bowl, including Steve and Zak DeOssie of the Giants, the only such partnership to win rings with the same franchise.
Eli Manning, the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XVLI, is one of five players to win the award at least twice, joining Montana (three times), Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Brady. A quarterback has won the award 26 times.
Manning (2-0) is one of six quarterbacks to start more than one Super Bowl without a defeat. The others are Bradshaw and Montana (both 4-0), Aikman (3-0), Jim Plunkett and Starr (2-0).
Former Giant Kurt Warner, who is a Hall of Fame finalist this year, has the three-highest passing yardage totals in Super Bowls history. He threw for 414 yards in St. Louis’ victory over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV, 377 yards for Arizona vs. Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII, and 365 yards for the Rams against the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.
The Giants’ Phil Simms’ 88.0 completion percentage in Super Bowl XXI is still the highest by a quarterback in the game’s history. Simms completed 22 of 25 passes in the Giants’ rout of Denver. New Orleans’ Drew Brees had the second-highest completion in a Super Bowl at 82.1 (32 of 39 in defeating Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV).
In Super Bowl XXXV, the Giants’ Ron Dixon and Baltimore’s Jermaine Lewis returned kickoffs for touchdowns, the only Super Bowl in which each team scored on a kickoff return. There have been 10 kickoff return touchdowns in Super Bowl history, including Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones and Seattle’s Percy Harvin the last two years.
Justin Tuck of the Giants totaled 4.0 sacks in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, the second-highest total in Super Bowl history. Charles Haley holds the record with 4.5 sacks – but he played in five Super Bowls, two for San Francisco and three for Dallas.