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A Brief History of The New York Giants

The New York Giants have come a long way since being founded by Tim Mara in 1925 on a reported budget of just $500.

It did not take the Giants long to attain success. Though they lost their first game in history—a 14-0 loss to the Frankford Yellow Jackets—the team finished with an 8-4 record in their first season.

Two years later, Mara’s squad hit gold by winning their first ever championship. Starting from 1933 to 1947, the team played in eight NFL championship games, winning twice.

The team had a lengthy playoff drought between 1963 and 1981. Those unremarkable years would be remembered by fans as the period during which the Giants called four different stadiums home, fired several head coaches, and posted some of the franchises’ worst win-loss records in history.

The 1980’s finally came, bringing with them the fresh air of success. They won their first Super Bowl title in 1986, and reclaimed the title four years later.

The team would not win another NFL championship until 2008, when Eli Manning led the Giants to an improbable upset win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Their most recent Super Bowl title was won in 2012.

Super Bowl XLII

The Name:

At the time the joined the NFL, a New York professional baseball team who also call themselves Giants existed. To differentiate the team from that baseball club, the name New York Football Giants was adopted. The term “Giants” was originally inspired by the tall buildings found in New York.

The Championships:

Super Bowl Championships (4): 1986 (XXI), 1990 (XXV), 2007 (XLII), 2011 (XLVI)

NFC Championships (5): 1986, 1990, 2000, 2007, 2011

Playoff appearances (31): 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011

The Home Fields:

Polo Grounds (1925–1955), capacity: 55,000

Yankee Stadium (1956–1973), capacity: 67,205

Yale Bowl (1973–1974), capacity: 70,896

Shea Stadium (1975), capacity: 60,372

Giants Stadium (1976–2009), capacity: 80,242

MetLife Stadium (2010–present), capacity: 82,566

Metlife Stadium


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