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Best win - XXI, XXV, XLII, XLVI?

BigBlue89 : 7/14/2013 11:28 am
Pretty simple question. Best Super Bowl win?

XXI - You always remember the first time. Phil Simms masterful performance.

XXV - The only 1 point Super Bowl win, and the first Super Bowl in which neither team committed a turnover.

XLII - 18-1, 12 point underdogs.

XLVI - An amazing finish and comeback win.
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For one who has seen them all  
Stan from LA : 7/14/2013 3:27 pm : link
XXI.

The 1st is always the beat.
'best'  
Stan from LA : 7/14/2013 3:27 pm : link
.
XLII  
Danny Kanell : 7/14/2013 3:39 pm : link
Greatest win I've ever experienced as a fan of any of my teams.
In order:  
Dave in Hoboken : 7/14/2013 3:42 pm : link
42
21
25
46
XXI  
That Said : 7/14/2013 4:19 pm : link
That team and its accomplishments literally changed my life.
XXI  
Blue Blood : 7/14/2013 5:27 pm : link
because my dad and I had watched them lose so much when I was younger.. people talk about The Fumble.. I WATCHED IT.. I remember crying as a young man..

XXI was the best.. followed by XLII
42  
12aob : 7/14/2013 5:51 pm : link
Seeing the defense hold Brady and company to 14 points, exceeding Plaxico's prediction. Seeing Seau and Bruschi acting like they had the game in the bag after the Patriots second touchdown, only to see Eli complete the pass to Tyree. Just soaking up the enormity of what the Giants accomplished that day. Nirvana.

It's like asking which of your kids  
Matt M. : 7/14/2013 6:01 pm : link
you love the best.

I loved them all. The last was a different experience, though, as I got to watch it with my kids. Seeing the SB through the eyes of little kids was something.
I thought nothing would ever top, for me  
WeatherMan : 7/14/2013 6:06 pm : link
the Red Sox epic comeback in 2004. Then XLII happened. Week 17 standing up to the Pats. Road warriors. Overtime on the frozen tundra of Lambeau, Webster besting Favre. The build-up to the title game, we'll only score 17 points? Let Tom Brady hit the floor. Late 4th quarter 4th down conversion. Double miracle. Steve Smith's first down. Jacobs with the textbook block before the perfect spiral descends into the waiting arms of an unshot Plaxico. 18 and NO!
I have to go with 48...  
Q : 7/14/2013 8:06 pm : link
Eli was lights out from the first snap of the season until the last. It was something to behold, and it stamped his HOF ticket.
Q  
PEEJ : 7/14/2013 8:12 pm : link
Well played
Like others,  
Burt in Alameda : 7/14/2013 8:41 pm : link
each of the SB's was special, but 42 was the best because we stopped the Pat's streak and it was Eli's coming of age game. I remember thinking when the Giants got the ball to start their last drive that it was Eli's time to prove he belonged with the best. He did, history was made, and we all shed a tear of joy. 46 beats 21 because I always believed the Giants were better than Denver and because it validated what occurred four years earlier. Every time I watch 46, I think more of Manningham. Why he left for a paltry 8 million over two years, I will never understand. Surely, the Giants could have afforded that, and Mario had to know he would never have it so good as with Eli throwing to him. Well, maybe we will sign him next year after Hakeem leaves.
XXV has always been my personal favorite  
Greg from LI : 7/14/2013 11:42 pm : link
I loved that 1990 team so much. That was one incredible defense. They just choked the life out of teams. To me, it was just a better game than 42.
I've seen them all ( was 15 for Super Bowl 21)  
djm : 7/15/2013 12:00 am : link
The Super Bowl 42 run was just hilarious. And without that run we probably don't win a 4th in 2011-12. And the magnitude of beating the undefeated pats in that particular fashion? Hilarious.

But pound for pound It's very very hard for me to put any nyg team ahead of the 1990 Giants in terms of how it impacted me. To the ones too young you have to understand how meaningful it was to see the giants walk into candlestick and knock off the defending champ niners and then beat high powered bills one week later in supe 25. You think the pats were mystic and aura? The 80s niners shit on the 2000s pats. We're talking Montana and rice here. The best ever. Period. And NY gut punched and just physically crushed them. So proud to say that. No team ever beat those niners up like the giants did. As amazing as it was to beat the pats it was even more impressive to knock off the 1990 niners in their house. The undefeated mark is hard to ignore though. Love em all. 86 Super Bowl is the funnest to watch on replay.
I can't imagine any sporting experience toping  
chris r : 7/15/2013 3:27 am : link
XLII for me.
sporting experience?  
chris r : 7/15/2013 3:39 am : link
Tie - XXI & XLII  
Ron From NYC : 7/15/2013 7:18 am : link
Both were great, yet very different.

'86 team was the best Giant team, ever, arguably. Eliminated years of frustration. Total euphoria.

XLII was the greatest Giants victory...ever.
If I may get "biblical" for a moment  
PEEJ : 7/15/2013 7:21 am : link
SB XXI - Moses finds the Promised Land after 40 years in the desert

SB XLII - David vs Goliath

I need to define "best win" from the "best game"  
truebluelarry : 7/15/2013 8:25 am : link
The best win is XXI, 30 years of ghosts were exorcised in the Rose Bowl. It was very satisfying to see vets like Carson, Martin, Benson, Simms and others who toiled through many lean years to make it to the top of the mountain.

For best game, I can't decide. It's either XXV or XLII. The Bills weren't undefeated, but the Giants were still heavy underdogs and Buffalo were the darlings of the media that post season. Everywhere you turned it was over-saturation of the K-Gun (the offense of the 90's), Bruce Smith surpassing LT as the NFL's unstoppable defensive force, theie whole team getting fitted for rings before the game, etc. It felt great putting them in their place.
For me it goes  
Essex : 7/15/2013 8:59 am : link
XXI-the first is always the best.

XXV-it is funny, i was probably an idiot, but I thought we had more of a chance against the Pats than we did against the Bills. The Pats were showing some signs of weakness throughout the season; the Bills were peaking, having just won 51-3. There is a reason Belly's gameplan is in the HOF.

XLII- 18-1, although, as i said, the pats were not playing as well as earlier in the season, they were still a historically great team. it also validated the Manning trade.

XLVI-it was such a weird season, so many times I was so disappointed in the team and how I did not feel they showed up. Second Washington game, NO MNF game as examples. But, it was great to get the second bowl for Eli.

In any event, Giants fans have had some bad memories, such as the 97 Minny playoff game, 02 SF playoff game, the two miracle at the meadowland, but we have been really fortunate fans. 3 of our 5 NFC title wins were on winning FGs on the last play off the game. We won a Super Bowl when a team missed a long FG, and we had two long drives to win it. I consider myself lucky to be a Giants fan.
This was way too tough  
Gman11 : 7/15/2013 9:32 am : link
but after having lived through the '60s and '70s I would have to say that XXI was the best. The frustration of all those years of ineptitude finally ended.
XLII  
Motley Blue : 7/15/2013 9:38 am : link
Probably won't ever see that scenario repeated in the NFL.
The odds of a an undefeated team losing the Super Bowl are astronomical by themselves. An undefeated team with a 3-time Super Bowl winning coach & QB combo that just put up the highest scoring season in league history. Yeah, probably never see that again.
XLII  
Go Terps : 7/15/2013 10:17 am : link
Something in the cosmos shifted that day.
In rewatching the XLVI  
Big Blue '56 : 7/15/2013 10:24 am : link
"America's Game," I had forgotten that we were the ONLY team in SB history to lose 4 games in a row in the regular season and WIN a SB
XLII by far  
David in LA : 7/15/2013 10:29 am : link
I was too young to appreciate the Parcells era Super Bowls.
When you think about it....  
Doomster : 7/15/2013 10:34 am : link
If the Pats won XLII(they were one finger tip catch from a fg attempt), the football world would have proclaimed them the greatest team ever.....that Miami team would be a distant memory in comparisons between the two.....the Pats would have been 4-0 in SB's and the greatest organization in football, have the greatest coach, qb, etc.

But one team stood in their way, and played them like no team did all year.....when the Pats beat the Giants in the last regular season game, all I heard from the local media was, the Giants played over their heads, and the Pats just did not play their best game, and that the game wasn't as close as the final score was.....to see them stop the Pats, was unreal....it was the greatest of the four.....
42  
Oldmanyaps : 7/15/2013 10:58 am : link
I was a senior in college, was down at school outside Philly with a few friends who were Giants fans. We watched every playoff game from my buddy's couch with the same seats and same clothes every week. When they won, my buddies bought a fathead of Eli and a massive Giants flag and wore them as capes.

Needless to say the residents around us were less than pleased when the Giants won and we ran outside with the flag.
Gotta go with 42.  
an_idol_mind : 7/15/2013 11:13 am : link
Aside from the fact that it was a great game, it was just an unbelievable storybook ending to a tumultuous 2007-2008 season.
the Pats would have been  
djm : 7/15/2013 11:50 am : link
4-2 in the super bowl but I get your point. They lose to the Bears in 85 and Pack in 96. As is, they are 3-4 in the big game...which is kind of hilarious. They could be 5-2 but NOOOOOOOOOOOO....
it's really amazing  
djm : 7/15/2013 11:53 am : link
that there is actually a debate about which super bowl means the most to you when super bowl 42 is probably the most amazing moment in NFL history over the past 40-50 years. Giants fans have witnessed 3 of the greatest super bowl victories of all time and that doesn't count super bowl 21 which houses the greatest QB performance of all time and a team that dominated the postseason like no other team did.

Super bowl 46 is kind of bla bla when compared to the other 2 classic finishes. That's pretty crazy.
Doomster  
bsh2z : 7/15/2013 12:06 pm : link
The Pats lost to the Bears after the 85 season
Such a tough question, but I have to go with 42  
schnitzie : 7/15/2013 12:43 pm : link
It was a fairy tail run to the SB, and part of the magic was that expectations were so low. I don't think any of us thought that 2007-08 would be our year or our SB. As a result, most Giants fans approached each game with the sense of "If they lose this, I'll be glad they got this far, and if they win,...holy shit."

Then every single game came out on the "Holy shit" side.

The sweet defeat of Dallas: Terrell Owens and the popcorn, crying, "That's my quarterback"....bwaaaaaaaa!

After they won in Green Bay, when Eli failed to get the memo that he couldn't throw passes in freezing cold weather, and Favre forgot how to...and Tynes kicked field goals until his foot was black and blue because in that cold the ball might as well have been made of cement...and we fucking WON!

I was like, OMFG. We're going to the Super Bowl!

And Michael Strahan was like, "We goin' to da Supah-Bowl!"

And I was like, "OMG. We could win this. This team can win that game...they ended the last game with the Patriots only 3 points down. They know how to score on those fuckers. We can win this."

Holy SHIT!

My brother, Riffy, actually went to the SB that year...wearing a photograph of our Dad, who had passed away in Jan 2007, during the Giants-Eagles playoff game (with the Giants up by 7). So my emotional and physical DNA was at that game.

And then...Slip & grip! The helmet catch! And Plax's gorgeous fade.

Then my brother comes back from the Super Bowl victory to my apt in Brooklyn, and I declare: "We're going to the victory parade, RIIIIIIGHT?"

And we go to the parade...and then we're cold and tired and go to a nice Irish Bar & Grill off Wall Street, we walk in, the place is empty, we hope they'll turn the TVs to the Giants pep rally at City Hall. We order our lunches and go to the bathroom.

And when we come back, the entire place has filled up with euphoric Giants fans, and all TVs are tuned to the Pep Rally, which we watch and cheer, with delicious food (corned beef & cabbage, w/the cabbage boiled in the corned beef broth and nice and al-dente) and Bass Ales, and surrounded by our fellow fans, and immersed in a Giant Fan Epiphany.

"We are going to STOMP YOU OUT!!!"

Then that night, we're at Lincoln Center, as my mom had previously bought us tickets to see the NY Philharmonic. I'm still wearing my Giants Super Bowl victory t-shirt, because I figure, that IS my formal wear.

And as we ride in the elevator up to our seats, the elevator operator asks if I went to the parade earlier that day, and I say yes and point to Riffy:

"He actually went to the game!"

At which point 15 octogenarians in the elevator, in front of us, turn around with astonished looks on their faces and say, "REEEEEEEALLY?!?!"

And we remember: Lincoln Center is in New York City. These Orchestra afficionados are all GIANTS FANS!!!

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooot!

Definitely 42. It was more personal.
Sorry, I need to post this:  
schnitzie : 7/15/2013 12:47 pm : link
because I love it (20 seconds of AWESOME):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chNPAQ4pmLk
Shit!  
schnitzie : 7/15/2013 12:48 pm : link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chNPAQ4pmLk
All of these victories have special meaning to me  
RiffRaff : 7/15/2013 12:59 pm : link
Obviously Superbowl XLII is extremely special since I actually went to the game and had my Dad's picture with me to honor his passing a year earlier. Plus the other details that Schnitzie eloquently pointed out above also help with my strong feelings for that game.

But I think the best win for me was against Buffalo in Superbowl XXV. No one expected us to stand up against the Buffalo juggernaut, who had scored an absurd amount of points against their playoff opponents. They were a great team that year, but the Giants knew how to win with adversity. To be down by nine points, and come back with two long time consuming drives to end the 1st half and start the 2nd was amazing. Sharing that victory with my Dad, in Bills country, and telling all those Rochester based front running Bills fans to eat it was just too sweet. It is my favorite Superbowl victory for the G-men.
Dave in Hoboken : 7/14/2013 3:42 pm  
Rick5 : 7/15/2013 3:04 pm : link
Agreed.
XLII by a mile for me.  
Curtis in VA : 7/15/2013 3:11 pm : link
That will never happen again in the history of the league.
Yes  
Torrag : 7/15/2013 4:20 pm : link
...
Forty  
oldog : 7/15/2013 5:11 pm : link
2.
I'm with those who say it's like being asked to say which of your kids  
Del Shofner : 7/15/2013 5:16 pm : link
is your favorite. Just can't be done. I agree with everyone's comments about all four games - I love them (the games, not you BBIers) equally.
Hard to beat 42...  
rptl530 : 7/15/2013 7:20 pm : link
1. XLII
2. XXV
3. XLVI
4. XXI

Who wins in a head to head matchup?  
David in LA : 7/15/2013 7:23 pm : link
Our 42 team or 46? The 46 team features a more polished Eli, and a big play WR corps. The 42 team has the better front 7. Both are red hot though.
the answer is 42 for me  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 7/15/2013 7:41 pm : link
best sports moment of my life and it's likely that it will never get passed. Just the way it all came together and culminated in the greatest Super Bowl moment of all-time (Eli to Tyree) was amazing.

But I can't stress how sweet 46 felt. It was just a team deciding that they wanted to wear that belt again.

The Falcons win was a warning shot to the rest of the league. The Packers win was a straight asswhooping of the defending Champ. The Niners game was an epic street fight that the Giants won on the road. The Pats game was a legendary game where Eli decided that he'd stick them with a dagger again. Eli to Manningham was the greatest pass I've ever seen.

This team has been filled with ups and downs in the "Eli era". But the ups have been so so special. Moments I'll always cherish. Hopefully Eli still has some magic left in that arm.
I'm too young to really remember XXI  
RB^2 : 7/15/2013 7:54 pm : link
but the other three were all great. Moreover, all three of them had great playoff runs (at SF in 91, at Dal and GB in 08, at GB and SF in 12).
Forty  
oldog : 7/15/2013 9:10 pm : link
8, will also be sweet.
Guys,  
Doomster : 7/15/2013 10:36 pm : link
I was talking about BB's legacy with the Patriots, not prior seasons....
best would be  
spike : 7/16/2013 12:01 pm : link
XLII - new golden age of Giants football and Eli becoming the man as we defeated the Goliaths.

XXV - another underdog victory over a much favored powerful AFC opponent

XLVI - amazing postseason but somehow we now own Brady and the Pats

XXI - game was over by halftime
Over by halftime ?  
PEEJ : 7/16/2013 12:09 pm : link
The game was tight in the first half, with the Broncos holding a 10-9 halftime lead, the narrowest margin in Super Bowl history.
PEEJ  
snumber6 : 7/16/2013 12:27 pm : link
Yuu're exactly right ... except I had the same feeling that it was over at halftime ... I felt Denver threw all they had up against us ... and that was the best they could do ...
The scoreboard said we we down by one but my gut said we were up by 14 ...

For more like may others here 42 was easily the best ...
storybook season ... with a lot of interesting side effects ...
the inspiration of Greg Gadson
Eli's fiancee moving from the superstitious seat in GB...
Jerry's buying tickets for Dallas
Strahan's holdout
Tiki's retirement
Shockey out
Tyree's pregame practice
Peyton in the stands
Eli and Peyton right after
many more ...
42  
blakjedi : 7/17/2013 9:17 pm : link
Nothing sports related beats that moment ever.

Ever.
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