The Giants travel to South Beach this weekend to take on the Dolphins in a matchup of 7 loss teams. The Giants and Dolphins have an interesting history of matchups that favors the Giants, especially on the road. Big Blue has never lost to the Dolphins in Miami. To get ready for this weekend’s matchup, let’s take a look at the last time the Giants met the Dolphins on December 5th, back in 1993.
Although this matchup took place on the same date as this Sunday, the circumstances surrounding it are much different. The Dolphins were 9-2, and the Giants were 8-3 heading into this cross-conference duel. Although the G-Men and Fins are still alive for a playoff spot this year, the two teams can only wish they were in the same spot they were 28 years ago. Despite these differences, there is one similarity between the two matchups: both may (hopefully not) feature a backup quarterback. Steve DeBerg was filling in for the injured Dan Marino/Scott Mitchell in the 1993 matchup, and he himself almost had to leave the game as well. The Giants knocked DeBerg out of the game for two possessions due to a busted chin that needed 5 stitches. This is a hypnosis of the entire game, as the Giants defense was able to force three turnovers, including two interceptions of DeBerg. To go along with the turnovers, the Giants also had a blocked field goal and three sacks, including one that resulted in a safety by Keith “The Hammer” Hamilton. Offensively, the Giants rolled out a very balanced attack. In his final year as a Giant, Phil Simms threw for 257 yards and a touchdown, while the Giants rushing attack led by Rodney Hampton went for 110 yards. Although the Dolphins kept the game close with a late Hail Mary, this game was always the Giants to win.
The Giants may be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones, going up against a formidable defense in Miami. If he’s out, we better hope he has a better performance than Steve DeBerg had in this meeting. Whether Danny Dimes plays or not, the Giants need a win to keep their season alive.
Do like you did back in 1993 Giants, and beat Miami in their own house.
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(Photo: AP Photo/Wayne Fleisher)