NFL America's Game: New York Giants
The New York Giants hadn't won an NFL championship in 30 years before Bill Parcells' led them to two Super Bowl victories in 5 years.
In 1986, the Giants were loaded. On defense, Lawrence Taylor, considered by many to be the best Outside Linebacker ever to play the game, won the NFL MVP Award. He and Middle Linebacker, Harry Carson, both future Hall of Famers, led an overwhelming defense that allowed just 236 points during the regular season.
On offense, the Giants were led by Tight End Mark Bavaro, 1500 yard rusher, Joe Morris and Quarterback Phil Simms, a good quarterback who had yet to prove he could be great.
In Super Bowl XXI he did just that with a precision passing game that is unmatched as the Giants defeated the Broncos 39-20. Four years later, injuries threatened to ruin the Giants' 1990 season. With 2 weeks to go in the regular season, Simms was lost for the remainder of the year and it would be up to an untested, back-up, Jeff Hostetler to lead the team into the playoffs.
Although he had thrown barely more than 100 passes in the previous 6 seasons, Hostetler exceeded all expectations, winning 5 straight starts including a victory over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV, one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history.