Flashback to Wild Card Weekend victories
While the Giants won't be participating in this weekend's postseason festivities, Wild Card Weekend always brings back some fond memories for Big Blue.
The Giants have played in 11 Wild Card games in franchise history and have a 6-5 record. Their first Wild Card matchup came in 1981 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when Rob Carpenter finished with 193 total yards from scrimmage as the Giants defeated the Eagles 27-21 at Veterans Stadium.
Just a few years later in 1984, the Giants were back in the Wild Card round, traveling to Los Angeles to take on the Rams at Anaheim Stadium. Rams quarterback Jeff Kemp was held to just 109 passing yards while the Giants recovered two fumbles on their way to a 16-13 win.
The following season, the Giants welcomed the San Francisco 49ers to East Rutherford for the franchise's first Wild Card game at Giants Stadium. The Big Blue defense was able to hold Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and the 49ers offense out of the end zone as Joe Morris rushed for 141 yards and Phil Simms threw two touchdowns passes, helping the Giants emerge with an impressive 17-3 victory.
It would be almost a decade before the Giants' next Wild Card game, as the franchise secured a first-round bye in each of their next three trips to the playoffs, including their runs to Super Bowls XXI and XXV.
The Giants won their fourth consecutive Wild Card game at the conclusion of the 1993 season when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings at home, 17-10. Rodney Hampton rushed for a whopping 161 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries (4.9 avg.) while adding six receptions for an additional 24 yards. The Giants' defense also picked up three sacks and a fumble recovery in the win.
As we all remember, the Giants went on a magical run to the franchise's legendary win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Tom Coughlin's squad picked up four huge victories that postseason, but it all started with the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium during Wild Card Weekend. Eli Manning completed 74 percent of his passes and threw for two touchdowns, while the defense forced three turnovers, including two interceptions of Bucs QB Jeff Garcia. The win was the first postseason victory of Manning's career.
The franchise's most recent Wild Card win occurred exactly nine years ago today against the Atlanta Falcons. This represented the team's first playoff game at MetLife Stadium, and it was quite a memorable one. The Falcons got the scoring started by forcing Manning into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone for a safety. But after falling behind 2-0, the Giants went on to score 24 straight points while keeping Atlanta off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, resulting in a 24-2 win. Of course, this victory sparked the Giants' impressive run to another victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
View photos of the franchise's history of Wild Card wins, dating back to their first appearance in 1981.
Time flies: One year since Joe Judge's introductory press conference
Believe it or not, tomorrow will be exactly one year since Joe Judge was first introduced as the 21st head coach in the history of the New York Giants.
A lot has happened over the last year since Judge took the stage at the EY Coaches Club at MetLife Stadium to face the New York media for the first time. However, despite all of the difficult challenges that arose over the past 12 months, both on and off the field, Judge's message never veered from his opening remarks.
Below is a small portion of Coach's comments from his first day with the Giants:
"Now, there is a question out there that I'm sure a lot of people are asking, and that's number one – who am I? Well, maybe I can explain that a little bit better, but instead of saying, 'Who am I,' by telling you what's relevant in this conversation with being the coach of the New York Giants— what I'm about. What I'm about is an old school physical mentality. We're going to put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are going to be proud of because this team will represent this area. We will play fast, we will play downhill, we will play aggressive. We will punch you in the nose for 60 minutes, we will play every play like it has a history and a life of its own, with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves. That is our mission right here. I'm about caring for the players in the locker room. Let's not forget there's a human element to this game. Let's not think that in professional sports that paying a pay check to somebody makes it absent of empathy. We need to make sure that we take care of the players in our locker room, that we treat them the right way, that we teach them the correct techniques, and that we put them in the right situations to be successful. We're going to ask these men to come in and give everything they have every day. We're going to demand it, and we appreciate everything they give us. It's our responsibility to take care of them on a daily basis and make sure that when they are done with our game, they are better furthered for the rest of their career as a father, a husband, and a professional in whatever avenue they take.
Top 10 plays of Giants' 2020 season
The Giants had some memorable moments during the 2020 season.
Check out the video below to watch the top 10 plays from Big Blue's 2020 campaign.