While it might sound dramatic, the Giants saved their season with their comeback victory last week.
While it was a hell of a win, the Giants did not have much time to celebrate.

Tomorrow night, they travel to San Francisco to take on one of the NFL’s best, the 49ers.

To prepare for this matchup, let’s look back on the Giants and 49ers 1986 Monday Night Football matchup.

Going into this week 13 matchup, the Giants and 49ers were 2 of the NFL’s best teams.  The Giants stood at 10-2, while the 49ers were 7-4-1.  The Giants and 49ers were also in the early stages of one of the 1980s best rivalries.  The 2 teams had met the previous 2 years in the playoffs, splitting the series. This face-off was a great test for both teams.  The first half of this game was all 49ers.  Joe Montana tossed a touchdown pass to Jerry Rice whilst Rice ran in another.  Add on a Ray Wersching field goal, and the 49ers had a 17-0 lead at the half.  What didn’t help matters was Phil Simms tossing 2 first-half interceptions.  Phil Simms would more than make up for that with his 2nd half-performance.

Without spoiling anything too early, the Giants would finish the game with 13 total rushing yards.  This meant the brunt of the offense would fall on the right arm of Phil Simms.  That right arm came alive in the second half.  Simms would fire a 17-yard touchdown to running back Joe Morris and a 34-yard touchdown pass to receiver Stacey Robinson.  Another 49-yard pass to Robinson would leave the Giants on the 1-yard line.

Future Super Bowl MVP Ottis Anderson would then punch it in to give the Giants a 21-17 lead.  Simms would finish with 388 passing yards.  Simms wasn’t the only part of the Giants team to come alive.  The same defense that gave up 17 points in the first half would hold the 49ers to 0 points in the 2nd half.

The Giants went into Candlestick Park and orchestrated a 17-point comeback to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in their own house.  

The Giants are heading into Santa Clara as 10.5-point underdogs tomorrow night.  They are playing without 4 starters.  They need A LOT to go right to defeat the 49ers.  That said, the Giants just completed one of the best comebacks in the history of this franchise.  Yes, it was against a poor Cardinals team.  But we have momentum.  As a fan base, all we can do is believe the team can ride that momentum to an upset win tomorrow night.

The Giants need to do what they did 37 years ago: beat one of the NFL’s best in their own house.

Highlights of this Classic:

Photo: Giants.com

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