If by greatest you mean dominance, then the answer would be the 1986 team. I saw all four Super Bowl teams from the beginning of the season to the end and that 1986 team was the best one. The DL/LBs were in their prime and couldn't be stopped: LT, Leonard Marshall, Burt, Banks. Carson was still great and George Martin was the savvy vet. They had tremendous depth too with rookies like Pepper Johnson and Erik Howard. I guess the secondary was a little thin but the front 7 was so dominant that it didn't matter.
On offense, they didn't have great playmakers at WR, but the OL was excellent and Joe Morris, Mark Bavero, and Maurice Carthon were physical players who imposed their will. Little Joe was little, but he had huge thighs and was tough to bring down and he was explosive. In some ways, Joe Morris was like a mini-Earl Campbell.
It all came together for the Giants in 1986--a dominant defense, certain aspects of the offense were dominant. They beat the 49ers in the playoffs with a final score of something like 40-3. Montana left in an ambulance. They crushed the Redskins the following week, the QB of the Redskins collapsed on the bench after taking a beating all game. The Giants went on to dominate the Broncos in the second half of the Super Bowl.
"The Giants are 15-33 ever since they drafted Barkley and W.Hernandez in 2018 and a big reason for that lousy record: they drafted Barkley and W.Hernandez in 2018." --Sunshine
90 and 07 were the best SB games. 86 was the best overall team. I have to say 07 was favorite SB team and victory. Nobody expected us to win and they pulled it out.Im still able to talk $#iT over that W!! Simply Beautiful
If you're old enough to remember the first SB win, there can't be anything more special. All of the ghosts of those terrible 70's were exorcised in one beautiful, almost perfect season. That team and those guys delivered what every Giant fan and been craving for. They were dominant, they never gave up and they were led by the greatest coach in Giants history. Everything after '86 was fantastic, but it was the icing on the cake.
'Best Giants team of Super Bowl era CBS Sports believes the 1986 Giants team that beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl is the best Giants’ team of the Super Bowl era:
"New York Giants: 1986* 17-2 overall record Won franchise's first Super Bowl Outscored opponents 105-23 in the postseason
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."
I’m old enough to remember that team well — I was 26 at the time. It was a great, historic team and the best Super Bowl-winning team in franchise history.
I can’t help but think, though, that the 2008 team — pre-Plaxico Burress gun incident — is the best Giants team I have ever watched. That team was ranked No. 3 in the league in offense, No. 5 on defense and featured an Eli Manning playing outstanding football. That team was 11-1 before things were blown apart. I will always wonder how different Giants history might have been if the Burress incident never happened.'
The question is which team was the best, not which team you liked more or enjoyed watching more. Therefore I have to pick the 1986 Giants. I never saw that season live because I did not start following football until 1988, but I’ve watched a handful of the games on YouTube and I have all the playoff games on DVD. The team was dominant and I wish one more time in my lifetime I can watch the Giants have a season like that where they dominate from start to finish. 2008 was the closest they’ve come so far. I’d also like to see them win the Super Bowl without it coming down to the last seconds, haha.
The best team I’ve actually watched live was the 2008 team. It was the only time in my life where I knew the Giants were the best team in football and I knew they were going to win each and every week. I will go to my grave saying that if Plaxico had not shot himself they would have repeated as Super Bowl champions. Nobody will ever change my mind about that.
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AmaniToomerToeDrag: Wouldn't it be so 2020 for the Giants to not only make the playoffs, but to pull off the greatest playoff push in NFL history? Beat the Bills in the Super Bowl. One could dream. Speaking of Dream, what a stud that Daniel Jones is at QB. 😉Later Haters😉
Dec 30, 2020 5:04:18 GMT -5
mrpeppers: More excuses, it never ends. “Just wait”
Dec 14, 2020 20:45:13 GMT -5
mrpeppers: Excuse after excuse.
Dec 14, 2020 20:44:25 GMT -5
mrpeppers: Excuse after excuse.
Dec 14, 2020 20:44:09 GMT -5
mrpeppers: Excuse after excuse
Dec 14, 2020 20:43:43 GMT -5
daytripper: NFT= non football topic? i didnt know that. im old and trying to keep up lol
Jan 23, 2020 10:35:16 GMT -5
56801steve: and he's staying as classless as he is
Jan 20, 2020 11:48:56 GMT -5
56801steve: so he'll pay a fine.
Jan 20, 2020 11:39:28 GMT -5
56801steve: he actually slapped a cops but, hard. he was 'lit up', but forgiveness isnt given for being drunk a bit.
Jan 20, 2020 11:39:18 GMT -5
rjb2006: The Eagles just made chicken salad with 1/2their team consisting of subs and practice squad players...
Dec 29, 2019 20:04:02 GMT -5
frateb: man, for a second i thought detroit was going to pull this one out... i think that would have given us a chance to get as low as 2nd again?
Dec 29, 2019 16:19:47 GMT -5