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In 2002 and 2003, they lost to the Atlanta Falcons when Doug Johnson and then Kurt Kittner – who threw for all of 65 yards – played football's most important position. The 2007 Super Bowl champion Giants lost a late-season game to Washington despite Todd Collins completing only eight passes in his first start in 10 years. Three years later, Dallas' Tony Romo fractured his clavicle when he was tackled by linebacker Michael Boley in the first Giants-Cowboys game. In a rematch three weeks later, Jon Kitna threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in 33-20 Dallas victory in Jason Garrett's first game as head coach.

The Giants were more successful facing Green Bay's Scott Tolzien, who threw for 339 yards in his first career start in 2013, and Chase Daniel, who passed for 285 yards in Chicago's overtime loss in MetLife Stadium two years ago.

This season, Nick Mullens started for San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 3 and threw for 343 yards and a touchdown in a 49ers victory. On Oct. 11, Andy Dalton replaced the injured Dak Prescott and led the Cowboys on a pair of field goal drives in the last two minutes in Dallas' 37-34 victory. Against Washington on Nov. 8, Alex Smith replaced another injured starter, Kyle Allen, and threw for 325 yards. But he also tossed two late interceptions and the Giants held on for a 23-20 victory.

The Giants will face another backup this week when they meet the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Paul Brown Stadium. Joe Burrow, the NFL's No. 1 draft choice this year, suffered a serious, season-ending knee injury three days ago in Washington and will soon undergo surgery. Burrow was replaced by Ryan Finley. But for the Giants game, Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor reached into his practice squad and signed Brandon Allen, who reportedly will make his fourth career start.

Coach Joe Judge wouldn't be surprised if both Allen and Finley face the Giants.

"We have seen Brandon Allen," Judge said today. "We saw him in Denver, we saw him in L.A., we saw him maybe in the preseason … so there's been some familiarity with this guy. The thing you see with him is he's a confident player back there. He's a very accurate passer, he's knowledgeable within the system. He can make the guys around him better by distributing the ball.

"Then Finley, the thing that he really brings to the table is he's an aggressive young quarterback, he can make the throws, but he's athletic. He can break the pocket, he can extend it, he's not hesitant to pull that ball down and scramble and make plays with his legs. Look, right now we're preparing for Allen, who was obviously announced today through the press. But we're preparing for Allen as well as Finley because we have to expect to see at least a little bit of both throughout the game. Both are very capable quarterbacks, both present a lot of challenges. We have to really make sure we're working hard this week for both guys."

Phil Simms recalls record 513-yard game vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Phil Simms had many triumphant moments in his storied 15-year Giants career, most notably his nearly flawless MVP performance in the Super Bowl XXI victory against Denver.

But anyone who plays that long bears his share of disappointment and Simms was no exception. Some of the most enduring defeats were not the most significant games or lopsided losses, but those in which the Giants sabotaged their chance to win with turnovers, mental lapses or missed opportunities. It happened often enough that Simms developed a phrase for it.

"We would refuse to win," Simms said.

One of those games occurred on Oct. 13, 1985, in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. The Giants outgained the Bengals, 470-199, finished with more than twice as many first downs (34-16) and outscored them in the second half by 13 points. But they lost, 35-30.

The Giants fell behind, 21-0, rallied to within a point and later trailed by 15 before scoring the game's final 10 points. But they came up short in Cincinnati, a city that has treated them harshly. They are 0-6 in Southwestern Ohio, a streak they will try to end when the teams meet Sunday in Paul Brown Stadium.

Perhaps the most frustrating of those defeats occurred when most of the Giants' offensive output was generated by Simms, who threw for 513 yards; 35 years later, it remains the franchise's single-game record.

In a phone conversation this week, Simms vividly recalled details of that game.

"It was a hot, steamy day in Cincy, I remember that," Simms said. "My uniform was a different color when the game was over because the heat, the turf, whatever. We threw it because we got behind. I threw two picks, if I remember. But physically, it was probably one of my top two or three games ever throwing the ball. We just made so many good throws and catches in the game, it was ridiculous. But we never could get into the end zone."

View photos of Super Bowl XXI MVP and Ring of Honor inductee Phil Simms through the years.

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