Giants players walk the picket line at the Meadowlands during the 1987 NFL players' strike.
The Giants have won four Super Bowls in their history, and many feel there could fifth in the cards for them in this Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning era. But it may not be this season.
The team's performance history after winning Super Bowls is not overwhelmingly good, which had brought to ask what will happen this time around. How has the team fared coming off SB victories? Thought you'd ask that question....
In their defense of Super Bowl XLII, the Giants finished the 2008 season with a 12-4 record winning 11 of their first 12 games. WR Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg the night before that eleventh win against the Redskins and Giants would win just one more game the rest of the way. They went on to lose miserably in the Divisional Playoffs to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-11.
After winning their first NFL Championship in 30 years in Super Bowl XXI, the Giants' chances of repeating were thwarted in 1987 by a 24-day players' strike that cancelled one game and saw the league embarrassingly subject the fans to three weeks of games featuring replacement players.
The Giants were ill-prepared for the strike. Unlike other teams (such as the Redskins, who would go on to win the Super Bowl) the Giants did not take the replacement games seriously and lost all three of them, costing them a chance to legitimately defend their title.
The wait for another title would not be long, however. In 1990, Bill Parcells would have his Giants pointed toward the big game again. The Giants opened the season with ten straight wins, finished 13-3 and went on to win Super Bowl XXV in thrilling fashion over the Buffalo Bills, 20-19. Parcells would leave the Giants after the season due to health reasons and convinced GM George Young to name RB coach Ray Handley as his replacement instead of his top assistant, Bill Belichick.
1991 was not a total disaster. The team did not make the playoffs, but posted an 8-8 record amidst Handley's inexperience which included such poor decisions as naming Jeff Hostetler the starting QB over Phil Simms. The next season the team would fall into complete disarray, going 6-10, leading to Handley's dismissal. Below is the 1991 Giants highlight reel....