Ranking the biggest matches in blue

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20) September 14, 1986. Giants 20, Chargers 7

In Week 1 of the 1986 season, the Giants allowed 31 points while losing to Dallas; and the San Diego Chargers scored 50 and gained 500 yards in a rout of the Miami Dolphins. The oft-repeated question before the teams met at Giants Stadium the following week was how the Giants defense would suppress the Chargers offense. The answer? Easily. San Diego scored just seven points, had 25 yards and held the ball for just 20:16 as the Giants rolled, 20-7. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts completed 19 of 43 passes and was intercepted five times. Joe Morris and Lionel Manuel scored touchdowns and Joe Cooper kicked a pair of field goals for the Giants, who lost just one game after Game 1 and finished 17-2, including a victory at the Super Bowl XXI.

19) October 10, 1993. Giants 41, Washington 7

From 1988 to 1990, the Giants won three straight games in Washington by a combined eight points. Over the next two years, they lost a pair of 17-point decisions to the Potomac. After two dismal seasons, they proved in Game 5 of the 1993 season that they would once again be a force in the NFC East with a crushing 41-7 rout of the home side at RFK Stadium. The Giants led 27-0 before Washington scored its only touchdown. Phil Simms completed 14 of 17 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns. David Meggett threw a fourth touchdown pass on a halfback option. Wide receiver Mike Sherrard caught a scoring pass from each while finishing with four receptions for 124 yards. Tight end Howard Cross had two touchdowns. Lewis Tillman rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown. The Giants beat Washington, 415-304, and did not commit a turnover.

18) Dec. 5, 1999. Giants 41, Jets 28

The 1999 Giants finished a disappointing 7-9, but had a game they could relish in the offseason. In Week 13, their offense played their best game of the year in a 41-28 victory over their compatriots at Giants Stadium. The Giants, who led 34-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, amassed season highs in points, first downs (25), total yards (490), rushing yards (152) and passing yards (338) . Quarterback Kerry Collins, the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, completed 17 of 29 passes for 341 yards, three touchdowns with no interceptions. Amani Toomer caught all three scoring passes, including 80 and 61 yards, and finished with six receptions for 181 yards. Ike Hilliard had six receptions for 121 yards and Joe Montgomery rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown. Jessie Armstead led the defense with seven tackles, including a sack.

17) September 11, 1989. Giants 27, Washington 24

The Giants played their second straight opener on a Monday night against Washington, this time in the nation’s capital. Raul Allegre’s 52-yard field goal as time expired – his second three-pointer in the 2:17 final – gave the Giants a stunning 27-24 win and silenced what had been a deafening crowd at RFK Stadium . The Giants jumped to 14-0 as Odessa Turner (30 yards) and David Meggett (62 yards) caught touchdown passes from Phil Simms. Ottis Anderson’s 14-yard touchdown gave the Giants a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. But two touchdowns, the second on a 24-yard interception return by Monte Coleman, gave Washington the lead, 24-21. Allegre’s 32-yard field goal tied the game and after the Giants forced a punt, the offense went 36 yards in five plays shy of its winner.

16) September 9, 1990. Giants 27, Eagles 20

Lawrence Taylor missed all of Giants training camp in 1990 and didn’t show up to the team until four days before the season due to a contract dispute. The absence didn’t stop him from playing like, say, Lawrence Taylor. In a season opener on Sunday night, Taylor fired Philadelphia quarterback Randall Cunningham three times among his seven tackles as the Giants beat their NFC East rivals, 27-20, at the Giants Stadium. Taylor was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Trailing at halftime, 10-6, the Giants took control with three consecutive touchdowns, on passes from Phil Simms 12 yards to Rodney Hampton and 41 yards to Mark Ingram, and the punt return of 68 yards from David Meggett. The win ended the Giants’ four-game losing streak against the Eagles.

15) Dec. 24, 1989. Giants 34, Raiders 17

The Giants scored 17 unanswered second-half points to win their third straight game and clinch their first NFC East title since 1986 with a 34-17 win over the Los Angeles Raiders at Giants Stadium. The triumph improved the Giants’ record to 12-4 in the second of three straight double-digit winning seasons. David Meggett’s 76-yard punt return touchdown gave the Giants a 7-0 lead. The Raiders took a 14-7 lead before Anderson’s first 1-yard score helped to tie the game at 17-17 at halftime. Anderson’s second touchdown gave the Giants the lead for good. Bjorn Nittmo’s second field goal and Phil Simms’ 3-yard touchdown capped the scoring.

14) November 24, 1991. Giants 21, Buccaneers 14

Ten months after winning Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium, the 6-5 Giants returned there to face the 2-9 Buccaneers. The Giants prevailed, 21-14, in a game with two memorable milestones. The first was the return of Phil Simms, who had thrown just two passes in the first 11 games after first-year coach Ray Handley named Jeff Hostetler the starting quarterback. After Hostetler injured his back in the third quarter, Simms had his first significant action of the season. His game-winning 30-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Baker with 16 seconds left capped a performance in which he completed 10 of 14 passes for 100 yards. Defensively, the Giants fired Vinny Testaverde seven times – this included linebacker Pepper Johnson’s 4.5 sacks, which was the Giants’ individual single-game record until Osi Umenyiora broke it 16 years later.

13) September 2, 1984. Giants 28, Eagles 27

The Giants and Phil Simms needed successful starts in 1984. The team had endured a disastrous 3-12-1 season in 1983, when injuries limited Simms to just two games – his total in the previous two seasons. Everyone got what they needed as Simms threw for 409 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-27 triumph at Giants Stadium. The 409 yards was then the second most in team history. Simms threw touchdown passes for 16 yards to Zeke Mowatt, 65 yards to Byron Williams and 35 and 16 yards to Bobby Johnson. Williams and Johnson combined for 13 catches for 304 yards. Lawrence Taylor had seven tackles and a sack.

12) December 7, 1986. Giants 24, Washington 14

The Giants and Washington were tied at 11-2 when they met at RFK Stadium for first place in the NFC East. Phil Simms threw three touchdown passes and the defense overwhelmed the home side’s offense as the Giants won their seventh straight game, 24-14. Simms completed 15 of 29 passes for 255 yards, including 9 yards to Mark Bavaro (five catches for 111 yards), 7 yards to Bobby Johnson and 16 yards to Phil McConkey. The defense intercepted six of quarterback Jay Schroeder’s passes — a total the Giants haven’t matched since — and fired him four times.

11) Dec. 21, 1985. Giants 28, Steelers 10

A loss at Dallas the previous week left the Giants needing a win in their season finale to clinch a playoff berth. They earned it — and a playoff home game — by scoring all of their first-half points in a resounding 28-3 win over Pittsburgh at Giants Stadium. Joe Morris rushed for 202 yards, then the second-most in franchise history, and scored three touchdowns to bring his season total to 21, which remains a franchise single-season record. Giants. Morris scored on runs of 1, 9 and 65 yards. The defense fired the Steelers quarterbacks three times to bring its season total to 68, which is also a team record.

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