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The long decline of the Silver and Black got its early momentum on this dark night in Seattle. The Kingdome was usually a temple of doom for the Raiders, and it showed on this night. The Seahawks manhandled any quarterback L.A. put in during a 37-0 shellacking.
The toughness of the Giants en route to a Super Bowl was represented in a number of games. Against the 49ers, New York put up 21 points in the second half. A 21-17 triumph further shaped the Giants' character.
The historians don't often look at this game as the beginning of the decline for the Los Angeles Raiders, but it was. After cruising to a 31-14, thanks to two defensive TDs, a reserve San Diego quarterback named Mark Herrmann whipped up a Charger rally to tie. Marcus Allen rescued victory for L.A. with a 28-yard touchdown for the 37-31 win.moreless
The 'Skins were alone atop the NFC East when the met the Giants for what was, to New York, a must-win. Joe Morris's rushing proved instrumental as the Giants prevailed in a 27-20 dogfight.
The Giants wanted to maintain the high intensity they had rode in 1985. After trailing 14-0, New York stormed back and took the lead. But Dallas won in the last minutes, 31-28, on new Cowboy Herschel Walker's TD. It would be the most points the Giants defense gave up all season.moreless