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A Look back: Giants vs Washington 1984 Week 9

truebluelarry : 11/30/2022 9:40 am
The significance of this game to the Parcells-era Giants can not be understated. The march toward Super Bowl XXI began right here. Having already purged the roster of malcontents during the off season, Parcells made several adjustments to the starting 22 following a disappointing loss to the Eagles and an inconsistent 4-4 start.

Among the most significant adjustments were within the OL, which can be pin-pointed as the genesis of "The Suburbanites" and installing Joe Morris as the starting HB over Butch Woolfolk (heretofore relegated to KR duties).

The dividends paid were tremendous and the landslide victory over the two-time NFC champion Redskins cathartic. So celebratory was the Giant sideline that the very first Gatorade Dunk of the head coach occurred as the clock clicked toward zero - carried out by Jim Burt and Lawrence Taylor. In one of Parcells' classic button-pushing motivational moves he had ridder Burt hard during the week leading up to the game, challenging his ability to handle Redksins center Jeff Bostic. Burt and the rest of the Giants defense stymied Washington's formidable rush attack to 79 yards, particularly frustrating Pro Bowler John Riggins to 51 yards on 16 carries.

This game also marked a reversal of fortune for New York against their rival. The Giants had lost five consecutive games to the Redskins going back to 1981 (the streak began with the infamous "Squib Game" - which happened to be Simms last start for the Giants for nearly three calendar years, spanning November 1981 to Spetember 1984), and starting here New York would turn the tables and win 10 of the next 11 non-strike games.

The margin of victory was quantifiable in many ways: The was the Giants biggest win over Washington since a 48-21 win in 1968, the largest margin of victory over any opponent since a 32-0 win at Seattle in 1981 and the most points scored by the Giants since putting 38 on the scoreboard against Dallas in 1980.

Accolades followed for individual Giants as well. Morris' three-TD performance in this game signaled something of a hallmark for him, as he'd repeat the feat four more times in 1985 on his way to leading the NFL with 21 rushing tDs and a club record 1,336 rushing yards, the first Giant 1,000-yard rushing performance since 1972.

Simms went on to become the first Giant QB to pass for 4,000 yards in 19843, and notably is the first Giant player to win the NFC Player Of The Week award for this Week 9 performance against Washington. The POTW award was instituted in 1984, Lawrence Taylor won the Defensive POTW in Week 2 against Dallas.

While the 1984 Giants continues a somewhat bumpy ride to a 9-7 Wild Card qualifying finish, for the first time in a long time the arrow was pointing upward and an aura of confidence surrounded the Giants.


New York Times
game summary (mentions Gatorade dunk), Joe Morris' big day

New York Daily News
back page
game summary part 1
game summary part 2, Joe Morris
game photos & league notes (interesting in that Gary Hogeboom is noted for had been playing poorly since Lawrence Taylor ravaged him in Week 2)

game summary part 1
game summary part 2
reckoning for the Redskins

Bergen Record
back page
game summary, bad day for Washington
Riggins frustrated
game photos

The Journal News
game summary (mentions Gatorade Dunk), revamped defense

Washington Post *very good football coverage*
game summary part 1, Riggins no where to run
game summary part 2, Redskins fall out of first place, Parcells pleased


day-after notes & accolades
NY Daily News
big things ahead for Giants?, Simms comes into his own, George Young speaks, Joe Morris

Bergen Record
roster reshaping paying off, Simms wins NFC OPOTW award

Giants vs Washington 1984 Week 9 (shaky VHS tape; Summerall & Madden) - ( New Window )
jvm52106 : 11/30/2022 9:46 am : link
of the game (rough video)
link - ( New Window )
definitely a milestone  
bluepepper : 11/30/2022 9:54 am : link
on the way to Super Bowl XXI. Was away at college at the time and the game wasn't on TV. I had low expectations as we had started the season pretty good but had cooled off. Wasn't even following the scores until I got back to my dorm room and turned on a radio. Heard the announcer say something like, in 3rd qtr it's NY 30 Washington 6 and almost fell of my chair. Definitely a "not the same old Giants" moment for me.
If I remember the story right....  
BillKo : 11/30/2022 10:09 am : link
.....Parcells had rode Burt all week in practice after a loss to the Eagles in Philly the previous week.

Burt didn't play badly, but Parcells made him the whipping boy. In fact, Burt was so mad during the week he punched a hole in the weight room wall.

So after a huge win over the Skins, Burt sought some revenge.

I think they said when Burt did it, everyone was shocked, thinking Parcells would freak out. Instead he smiled and everyone knew it was going to be a good week.
Thanks Larry. Always a good read from you. I couldn’t think of a  
Ivan15 : 11/30/2022 10:33 am : link
Better game to start building toward SB XXI.
LT clearly gets concussed around  
jvm52106 : 11/30/2022 11:34 am : link
the 43:45 forward minute mark. In today's NFL he is out of the game.
thanks again Larry. Great to reminisce about these seminal  
Victor in CT : 11/30/2022 11:35 am : link
RE: LT clearly gets concussed around  
jvm52106 : 11/30/2022 11:40 am : link
In comment 15927174 jvm52106 said:
the 43:45 forward minute mark. In today's NFL he is out of the game.

Watching LT on the sideline, the continued issue at least 5 minutes (real time) afterward, would have had him declared out immediately today.
This game was the start of the next seven year run  
Giants86 : 11/30/2022 1:30 pm : link
I was up at college and was elated that we finally beat the skins and won by a large margin. Next 7 years were mostly good ones! Great memories.
RE: RE: LT clearly gets concussed around  
aquidneck : 11/30/2022 5:39 pm : link
In comment 15927182 jvm52106 said:
In comment 15927174 jvm52106 said:


the 43:45 forward minute mark. In today's NFL he is out of the game.

Watching LT on the sideline, the continued issue at least 5 minutes (real time) afterward, would have had him declared out immediately today.

Ignorance is bliss.

The players, the league and the public were blissfully unaware of CTE in 1984.
Wow !!!!  
Tyeson : 11/30/2022 6:29 pm : link
Great write up & summary. Humbled by days gone by, but definitely excited ‘bout days ahead and it starts again on Sunday !
Remember it well  
Thegratefulhead : 12/1/2022 3:33 pm : link
Everything changed.
Thanks for the video! I was at that game...  
GA5 : 12/1/2022 6:43 pm : link
Lots of name I haven't thought of in a long time. Kevin Belcher at center, who had a bright future ahead of him, but died in a car accident. The late Dave Jennings, the great punter, who would have been the All Pro punter of the era, except for Ray Guy. And that Phil Simms could throw a nice ball. Also, Darius Slayton has recently been reminding me a lot of Lionel Manuel.
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