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CBS Sports chooses greatest Giants team of all-time

CBS Sports recently chose each NFL franchise's greatest team since the start of the Super Bowl Era.

The criteria used to determine the winner for each team included the following factors:

  • Average margin of victory during the regular season
  • Offensive and defensive rankings, specifically as it relates to scoring
  • Strength of the opposition
  • Talent on the roster
  • How far the team advanced in the postseason.

The Giants had several talented teams to choose from, but the crown ended up going to the 1986 squad. It's only fitting after the Giants unveiled their classic blue uniforms that will be worn for two games this season.

Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.

As CBS Sports' Bryan DeArdo writes, "After dropping their season-opener in Dallas, the Giants would lose just one more game during the rest of the '86 season. In the playoffs, the Giants walloped Joe Montana and the 49ers, 49-3, before shutting out Washington in the NFC Championship Game. In Super Bowl XXI, New York trailed 10-9 at intermission before outscoring the Broncos 30-10 in the second half en route to a 39-20 victory. Game MVP Phil Simms enjoyed an historic outing, completing a record 88% of his pass attempts for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He completed all 10 of his attempts in the second half while throwing touchdown passes to Mark Bavaro and Phil McConkey.

"The Giants' dominant defense, a unit that included four Pro Bowlers in defensive ends Jim Burt, Leonard Marshall, Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor (that year's Defensive Player of the Year) intercepted John Elway three times. New York's defense also came up with a pivotal goal-line stand during the first half that included Taylor's crucial tackle of Elway just short of the goal line. The Broncos also had no answers as it related to stopping Giants linebacker Carl Banks, who recorded 10 tackles that included four behind the line of scrimmage."

The Giants wound up going 17-2 overall this year, outscoring its opponents 105-23 in the postseason. This led to the franchise's first Super Bowl title.

Phil Simms was named MVP after completing an impressive 88 percent of his passes against the Broncos, which still stands today as the Super Bowl record.

The iconic blue uniform worn by Giants legends in the '80s and '90s returns for two Legacy Games this season.