Jets quarterback Joe Namath “guarantees” victory on the Thursday before the game, then goes out and leads the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory over a Baltimore team that had lost only once in 16 games all season.
The NFC champion New York Giants capture their first NFL title since 1956 when they down the AFC champion Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI. The victory marks the NFC’s fifth NFL title in the past six seasons. Simms passes for 268 yards and scores three touchdowns as he is named MVP. He sets Super Bowl records for most consecutive completions (10) and highest completion percentage (88 percent on 22 completions in 25 attempts).
The NFC champion New York Giants win their second Super Bowl in five years with a 20-19 victory over AFC titlist Buffalo. Anderson is named MVP as he rushes 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens’ defense completes a dominating season by permitting just 152 yards, forcing 5 turnovers, recording 4 sacks, and not allowing an offensive touchdown en route to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory.
History repeats itself in incredible fashion as the Giants ride another amazing fourth-quarter comeback by Eli Manning to win their second Super Bowl championship in four years.
Eli Manning and the Giants one-up Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17 for New York’s fourth Super Bowl title.
Cruz accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates New York Giants CEO Steve Tisch.
The Giants release Hillis. His contract was worth $945,000 against the salary cap this season.
The Giants release Kiwanuka. The Giants list the move as “failed physical.” Releasing him saves the Giants $4.825 million against 2015’s salary cap and leaves Kiwanuka free to sign with any team, even before free agency begins. Coach Tom Coughlin:
The thing that has always impressed me about Kiwi is how serious he is about the game. He was always prepared and always in outstanding condition and played very hard. And he had some nasty in him. I always felt like you could count on certain things from him: eight [or] nine sacks, harass the quarterback, and you could move him around, inside, outside. He is dependable, reliable and there is no question about his professionalism. His character and professionalism and serious approach to the game will be missed.
The Giants announce that Coughlin has agreed to a one-year extension of his contract. This deal was done because the Giants have a policy of not letting their coaches operate with only one year left on their contracts.