Super Bowl XX|Super Bowl XXII

January 25, 1987

New York defeated Denver in a back and forth championship game that saw the Giants win their first title in thirty years.

The Broncos, behind quarterback John Elway had an impressive first half, and led by merely one point at the half.

However, the Giants offense exploded in the second half, with Super Bowl MVP QB Phil Simms passing for 3 touchdowns. The New York defense also woke up after halftime, stifling Elway and the Broncos offense from the 3rd quarter onward.

Attendance at the Rose Bowl was 101,063. Bill Parcells coached the New York team, while Dan Reeves led the Broncos.

Statistics (from www.superbowl.com):

                             SCORING
Denver                 10  0  0 10 -- 20
New York Giants          7  2 17 13 -- 39

DEN- FG Karlis 48,  4:09 1st
NYG- Mowatt 6 pass from Simms (Allegre kick),
     9:33 1st
DEN- Elway 4 run  (Karlis kick), 12:54 1st
NYG- safety Martin 0, 12:14 2nd
NYG- Bavaro 13 pass from Simms (Allegre kick),
     4:52 3rd
NYG- FG Allegre 21, 11:06 3rd
NYG- Morris 1 run  (Allegre kick), 14:36 3rd
NYG- McConkey 6 pass from Simms (Allegre kick),
     4:04 4th
DEN- FG Karlis 28,  8:59 4th
NYG- Anderson 2 run  (kick failed),11:42 4th
DEN- Johnson 47 pass from Elway (Karlis kick),
     12:54 4th

TEAM STATISTICS                Den.          NY-G
Total First Downs               23             24
  Rushing                        5             10
  Passing                       16             13
  Penalty                        2              1
Total Net Yardage              372            399
Total Offensive Plays           64             64
  Avg. Gain per Offensive Play 5.8            6.2
Rushes                          19             38
  Yards Gained Rushing (Net)    52            136
  Average Yards per Rush       2.7            3.6
Passes Attempted                41             25
  Passes Completed              26             22
  Had Intercepted                1              0
  Tackled Attempting to Pass     4              1
  Yards Lost Att. to Pass       32              5
  Yards Gained Passing (Net)   320            263
Punts                            2              3
  Average Distance            41.0           46.0
Punt Returns                     1              1
  Punt Return Yardage            9             25
Kickoff Returns                  5              4
  Kickoff Return Yardage        84             53
Interception Return Yardage      0             -7
Fumbles                          2              0
  Own Fumbles Recovered          2              0
  Opponent Fumbles Recovered     0              0
Penalties                        4              6
  Yards Penalized               28             48
Total Points Scored             20             39
Touchdowns                       2              5
  Rushing                        1              2
  Passing                        1              3
  Returns                        0              0
Extra Points                     2              4
Field Goals                      2              1
  Field Goals Attempted          4              1
Safeties                         0              1
Third-Down Efficiency         7/14           6/12
Fourth-Down Efficiency         0/0            1/2
Time of Possession           25:21          34:39

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Denver                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Elway                   6        27      10     1
Willhite                4        19      11     0
Sewell                  3         4      12     0
Lang                    2         2       4     0
Winder                  4         0       3     0

New York Giants        No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Morris                 20        67      11     1
Simms                   3        25      22     0
Rouson                  3        22      18     0
Galbreath               4        17       7     0
Carthon                 3         4       2     0
Anderson                2         1       2t    1
Rutledge                3         0       2     0


Passing
Denver            Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Elway              37      22     304     1     1
Kubiak              4       4      48     0     0

New York Giants   Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Simms              25      22     268     3     0


Receiving
Denver            No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Johnson            5       121      54     1
Willhite           5        39      11     0
Winder             4        34      14     0
M. Jackson         3        51      24     0
Watson             2        54      31     0
Sampson            2        20      11     0
Mobley             2        17      11     0
Sewell             2        12       7     0
Lang               1         4       4     0

New York Giants   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Bavaro             4        51      17     1
Morris             4        20      12     0
Carthon            4        13       7     0
Robinson           3        62      36     0
Manuel             3        43      17     0
McConkey           2        50      44     1
Rouson             1        23      23     0
Mowatt             1         6       6t    1


Interceptions
Denver            No.      Yds.     LG    TD
None              --        --      --    --

New York Giants   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Patterson          1        -7       7     0


Punting
Denver            No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Horan              2        41.0    42     0

New York Giants   No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Landeta            3        46.0    59     0


Punt Returns
Denver            No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Willhite           1     1       9     9    0

New York Giants   No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
McConkey           1     1      25    25    0


Kickoff Returns
Denver            No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Bell               3        48      28     0
Lang               2        36      23     0

New York Giants   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Rouson             3        56      22     0
Flynn              1        -3       3     0



Denver Broncos              New York Giants         
                   ==  Offense  ==                     
Bryan, Billy       C    Oates, Bart          C 
Bishop, Keith      G    Ard, Billy           G 
Cooper, Mark       G    Godfrey, Chris       G 
Lanier, Ken        T    Benson, Brad         T 
Studdard, David    T    Nelson, Karl         T 
Kay, Clarence      TE   Bavaro, Mark         TE
Johnson, Vance     WR   Manuel, Lionel       WR
Watson, Steve      WR   Robinson, Stacy      WR
Willhite, Gerald   RB   Carthon, Maurice     RB
Winder, Sammy      RB   Morris, Joe          RB
Elway, John        QB   Simms, Phil          QB

                   ==  Defense  ==                      
Kragen, Greg       NT   Burt, Jim            NT 
Jones, Rulon       DE   Marshall, Leonard    DE 
Townsend, Andre    DE   Martin, George       DE 
Jackson, Tom       OLB  Banks, Carl          OLB
Ryan, Jim          OLB  Taylor, Lawrence     OLB
Hunley, Ricky      ILB  Carson, Harry        ILB
Mecklenburg, Karl  ILB  Reasons, Gary        ILB
Harden, Mike       CB   Patterson, Elvis     CB 
Wright, Louis      CB   Williams, Perry L.   CB 
Foley, Steve       FS   Welch, Herb          FS 
Smith, Dennis      SS   Hill, Kenny          SS 

                  ==  Substitute  ==                    
Bell, Kenny               Allegre, Raul              
Colorito, Tony            Anderson, Ottis            
Comeaux, Darren           Collins, Mark              
Dennison, Rick            Dorsey, Eric               
Fletcher, Simon           Flynn, Tom                 
Freeman, Mike             Galbreath, Tony            
Gilbert, Freddie          Headen, Andy               
Hackett, Joey             Howard, Erik               
Haynes, Mark              Hunt, Byron                
Horan, Mike               Johnson, Bobby L.          
Jackson, Mark             Johnson, Damian            
Karlis, Rich              Johnson, Pepper            
Kubiak, Gary              Johnston, Brian            
Lang, Gene                Jones, Robbie              
Lilly, Tony               Landeta, Sean              
Micho, Bobby              Lasker, Greg               
Mobley, Orson             McConkey, Phil             
Remsberg, Dan             Miller, Solomon            
Robbins, Randy            Mowatt, Zeke               
Sampson, Clint            Roberts, William           
Sewell, Steven            Rouson, Lee                
Wilson, Steve             Rutledge, Jeff             
Woodard, Ken              Sally, Jerome              

                  ==  Did Not Play  ==

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