The New York Giants are based in the metropolitan area of New York and are a part of the NFL. They compete in the NFC East division playing their home games at MetLife Stadium, in New Jersey, about five miles from New York City. The stadium is also home to the New York Jets.
The club was established back in 1925 as one of the five original teams that were part of the NFL and is the only one of this set of teams that is still active today. The Giants have won a total of eight NFL Championships, four of these games before the modern Super Bowl era and the four other titles coming since the 1970 AFL and NFL merger.
History of the New York Giants
In a 14-year period in the 1930s and 1940s, the New York Giants got to the championship game on eight occasions, leading to two victories. This included the New York Giants team of 1944, still widely regarded as the best defensive team to have ever played the game.
In 1956, the New York Giants started playing at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Vince Lombardi was the offence coach at the time for the team and Tom Landry was looking after the defence.
They reached five NFL championships in this period, but lost each one, including losing to the Indianapolis Colts in what is often called the greatest game ever played. The club went through a dry period for most of the 1960s and 1970s, but their fortunes began looking up again in the 1980s.
Rising to Prominence
Bill Parcells took over the New York Giants in 1983 and made several changes to personnel. In 1985, they lost out to eventual Super Bowl champions the Chicago Bears.
However, they would go on to claim their first Super Bowl of the modern era the following season. Lawrence Taylor was a wrecking ball for the team, helping them defeat the Denver Broncos in the big game. They won another title in 1990 by beating the Buffalo Bills in the final game after defeating the 49ers, who had been seeking a third consecutive title.
Further Super Bowls
The team then went into decline, prompting a rebuilding process during most of the 1990s. They reached the Super Bowl again in 2001 but lost out to the Baltimore Ravens.
Tom Coughlin took over as head coach in 2004 and Eli Manning arrived at the team. This led to them capturing a third Super Bowl title in 2007, defeating the New England Patriots (hitherto undefeated during the whole season) 17-14.
After a number of postseason collapses in subsequent years, the Giants won a fourth Super Bowl in 2011, this time beating the Green Bay Packers. Since then, the team has been struggling and is going through another rebuilding phase.
Support of the New York Giants
The New York Giants have undergone and survived numerous financial difficulties over the years. They previously played at Giants Stadium but moved to MetLife Stadium as soon as it was finished in 2010.
This new project was a joint partnership between the Giants and the New York Jets. Private funds were used to build the stadium. The current owners of the New York Giants are Steve Tisch and John Mara.
Most of the fan base for the team comes from the metro area of New York. When the New York Giants first moved over to New Jersey in 1976, people from that region also started to support the team.
There has always been a high level of demand for New York Giants tickets, even when the team has been in one of its troughs. In terms of rivalries, its main opponents are the Philadelphia Eagles, their battles going as far back as the 1930s. Other rivals include the New York Jets, the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys.
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