Giant Bummers: 20 Worst Losses in Big Blue HistoryPosted: January 12, 2009
The Philadelphia Eagles put the squeeze on Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
The New York Football Giants have had lots of tough losses over the years, but the 23-11 setback to the Eagles on Sunday must rank as one of the most difficult of all.
Expectations were extremely high for the defending Super Bowl champions, who entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
In the seasons following their first three Super Bowls (1987, 1991 and 2001) the Giants failed to make the playoffs. This year was different as the Giants made their mark early and went into the playoffs as Super Bowl favorites.
Perhaps what hurts most is that the G-Men were so close to repeating the euphoria of last year’s “Road Warrior” playoff run, capped by the stunning upset of the previously unbeaten Patriots in Super Bowl XLII..
But glory, as they say, is fleeting. Always has been, always will be.
And the Giants have had suffered plenty of heartbreakers in the past — the overtime loss to the Baltimore Colts in 1958, the three successive championship game losses in the early 60s, the playoff meltdowns against the Vikings in 1997 and the 49ers in 2003, right, and the impossible loss to the Eagles in “The Miracle at the Meadowlands” in 1978.
In light of yesterday’s loss, here’s a list of the 20 worst losses in Giants history.
The Worst of the Giants
Eagles 23, Giants 11, Jan. 11, 2009 — Top-seeded Giants lose in divisional playoff, dashing hopes of Super Bowl repeat
49ers 39, Giants 38, Jan. 5, 2003 — Giants blow 38-14 lead, lose to 49ers in controversial, wild card playoff finish
Ravens 34, Giants 7, Jan. 28, 2001 — Ravens defense overwhelms Giants at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa
Vikings 23, Giants 22, Dec. 27, 1997 — Vikings overcome 19-3 halftime lead, score 10 points in last 1:30 to win wild card playoff
49ers 44, Giants 3, Jan. 15, 1994 — 49ers hand Giants the worst playoff loss in their history in divisional round romp
Cowboys 16, Giants 13, OT, Jan. 2, 1993 — Emmitt Smit runs for 168 yards as Cowboys beat Giants to clinch NFC East
Rams 19, Giants 13, OT, Jan. 7, 1990 — Jim Everett throws touchdown to Flipper Anderson in overtime as Ram win divisional playoff
Jets 27, Giants 21, Dec. 18, 1988 — With a playoff berth on the line, crosstown rival Jets rally to beat Giants in final minutes
Bears 21, Giants 0, Jan. 5, 1986 — Chicago stops New York’s playoff run with shutout victory at windy Soldier Field
Eagles 19, Giants 17, Nov. 19, 1978 — In “The Miracle at the Meadowlands,” Eagles Herb Edwards returns fumble for TD win as Giants fail to run out clock
Rams 31, Giants 3, Dec. 20, 1970 — Rams knock Giants out of playoff spot with rout in season finale at Yankee Stadium
Jets 37, Giants 14, Aug. 17, 1969 — It was only a pre-season game, but with the win the Super Bowl champion Jets legitimized themselves in New York
Redskins 72, Giants 41, Nov. 27, 1966 — Giants allow NFL record 72 points to Redskins, who add insult to injury with late field goal
Bears 14, Giants 10, Dec, 29, 1963 — Bears capitalize on five Y.A. Tittle interceptions to beat Giants for NFL title at Wrigley Field, right
Packers 16, Giants 7, Dec. 30, 1962 — Green Bay wins battle as Giants lose second of three consecutive championship games
Colts 23, Giants 17, OT, Dec. 28, 1958 — In “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” Giants lose to Colts in only overtime championship game in NFL history,
Browns 8, Giants 3, Dec. 17, 1950 — After beating Cleveland twice in regular season, Giants lose to Browns in playoff for conference title
Bears 24, Giants 14, Dec. 15, 1946 — Faced with gambling allegations on the eve of the title game, Giants lose to Bears at the Polo Grounds
Bears 56, Giants 7, Nov. 14, 1943 — Chicago quarterback Sid Luckman establishes NFL record with seven touchdown passes
Bears 23, Giants 21, Dec. 17, 1933 — Bears tally a late touchdown on trick play to win first NFL championship game