FILE - In this Jan. 25, 1987, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is chased by New York Giants Leonard Marshall during NFL football Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif. ( AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
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January 07, 2016


Jan. 25, 1987

At Pasadena, Calif. - 101,063

Denver 10..0..0.10-20

N.Y. Giants .7..2.17.13-39

Phil Simms led the New York Giants to a 30-point second half to beat the Denver Broncos, winning their first Super Bowl and first NFL championship in 30 years.

Simms completed 22 of 25 for 268 yards, including three touchdown passes, and was unanimously voted the Most Valuable Player. He also set a Super Bowl record with 10 straight completions during New York's second-half tear. His 88 percent completion rate was an NFL playoff record.

John Elway, in his first of five Super Bowls, helped Denver to a 10-9 halftime lead. New York started the second half with three plays for 9 yards, and the Giants' punting team ran onto the field at its 46. Suddenly, the Giants shifted out of punt formation, and Jeff Rutledge, the second-string quarterback, came up behind center to take the snap and sneak for 1 yard and a first down. Six plays later, Simms hit tight end Mark Bavaro for 13 yards, the Giants led 16-10 and the rout was on.



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