The New York Football Giants are 7-2 and are now 1 game out of first place in the NFC East. It has been a fun season thus far, but it has also been stressful. All of the Giants wins have been within 1 score. After watching the Texan game, it felt as though that should have been a game the Giants won more handily. Well, Sunday the Giants face another team below 500 in the Detroit Lions. Despite the Lions poor record, they have won their last 2 and have been in the majority of their games. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Giants are in yet another close one on Sunday, but it would sure be nice to get a win where we’re not sweating in the 4th quarter. To get ready for the Lions and Giants Matchup, let’s take a look at their 1990 meeting.
Coming into this matchup, the Lions were 3-6 whilst the Giants were 9-0. To keep their undefeated season, the Giants would have to stop All-World running back Barry Sanders. The Giants would do just that, holding Sanders to just 69 yards rushing on 11 attempts. The Giants defense was huge in this one, shutting the Lions out completely. They would have 4 sacks and corner back Perry Williams would also have an interception. Offensively, the Giants would rush for 144 yards on the backs of Rodney Hampton, OJ Anderson, Dave Meggett and Lewis Tillman. Despite the rushing attack being the main catalyst for the Giants offense, they would have 0 scores off it. Those scores came from the arm of Phil Simms. Simms would have a 33 yard touchdown pass to Stephen Baker the Touchdown Maker and a 57 yard touchdown pass to Mark Ingram. Kicker Matt Bahr would contribute another 6 points off of field goals, and the Giants would breeze past the Lions 20-0 to improve to 10-0 on the way to their second Super Bowl Championship.
Although their 2022 matchup somewhat mirrors the 1990 meeting as far as records, I’m not sure this game will be as easy for the G-Men. The Lions play as hard as any team in the league and they should not be taken lightly. With that being said, I like the Giants chances of coming out of this one 8-2.
The Giants have proven they know how to win, hopefully this one can be as easy as it was 32 years ago.
Highlights to this Classic:
(Photo: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)