Super Bowl

Season 21 Episode 1

Super Bowl XXI - New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos

Aired Sunday 3:15 PM Jan 25, 1987 on CBS
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Super Bowl XXI - New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XXI between the NFC Champion New York Giants and the AFC Champion Denver Broncos at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Final Score: New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20

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    John Madden (II)

    John Madden (II)

    Color Commentator

    Irv Cross

    Irv Cross

    Sideline Reporter

    Will McDonough

    Will McDonough

    Sideline Reporter

    Brent Musburger

    Brent Musburger

    Pregame Host / Trophy Presentation

    Terry Bradshaw

    Terry Bradshaw

    Pregame Analyst

    Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder

    Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder

    Pregame Analyst

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (12)

      • Final Score
        New York Giants 39

        Denver Broncos 20

      • New York Giants Quarterback Phil Simms was named Super Bowl XXI MVP.

      • Coaching Staffs
        New York Giants
        Bill Parcells (Head Coach) (1-0 in Super Bowls)
        Bill Belichick (Defensive Coordinator)
        Romeo Crennel (Special Teams)
        Ron Erhardt (Offensive Coordinator)
        Len Fontes (Defensive Backfield)
        Ray Handley (Running Backs)
        Fred Hoaglin (Offensive Line)
        Pat Hodgson (Receivers)
        Lamar Leachman (Defensive Line)
        Johnny Parker (Strength & Conditioning)
        Mike Pope (Tight Ends)
        Mike Sweatman (Assistant Special Teams)

        Denver Broncos
        Dan Reeves (Head Coach) (0-1 in Super Bowls)
        Marvin Bass (Special Assistant)
        Joe Collier (Defensive Coordinator)
        Kay Dalton (Wide Receivers)
        Chan Gailey (Special Teams & Tight Ends)
        Alex Gibbs (Offensive Line)
        Stan Jones (Defensive Line)
        Al Miller (Strength & Conditioning)
        Myrel Moore (Linebackers)
        Nick Nicolau (Running Backs)
        Mike Shanahan (Offensive Coordinator)
        Charlie West (Defensive Backs)

      • Path to the Super Bowl
        New York Giants
        NFC East Champions (14-2)
        Divisional Playoff: defeated NFC West Champion San Francisco 49ers 49-3.
        Championship Game: defeated Wild Card Washington Redskins 17-0.

        Denver Broncos
        AFC West Champions (11-5)
        Divisional Playoff: defeated AFC East Champion New England Patriots 22-17.
        Championship Game: defeated AFC Central Champion Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT).

      • This is the New York Giants first appearance in the Super Bowl.
        The loss dropped the Denver Broncos' franchise Super Bowl record to 0-2.

      • The coin toss was performed by Willie Davis. New York called Tails and lost the toss. Denver elected to receive.

      • This is the fourth Super Bowl to be played at the Rose Bowl. The facility also hosted Super Bowls XI, XIV and XVII.

      • The New York Giants received a winner's share of $36,000. The Denver Broncos received a loser's share of $18,000.

      • The average cost of a 30-second commercial was $575,000.

      • The face value of Super Bowl XXI tickets was $75.

      • New York was designated the home team for Super Bowl XXI. They wore blue jerseys and white pants while Denver wore white jerseys and white pants.

      • The New York Giants were 9.5 point favorites.

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (3)

      • Super Bowl Rosters
        New York Giants
        #2 Raul Allegre (K)
        #24 Ottis Anderson (RB)
        #67 Billy Ard (LG) *
        #58 Carl Banks (LOLB) *
        #89 Mark Bavaro (TE) *
        #60 Brad Benson (LT) *
        #64 Jim Burt (NT) *
        #53 Harry Carson (RILB) *
        #44 Maurice Carthon (RB) *
        #25 Mark Collins (CB)
        #77 Eric Dorsey (DE)
        #28 Tom Flynn (S)
        #30 Tony Galbreath (RB)
        #61 Chris Godfrey (RG) *
        #54 Andy Headen (LB)
        #48 Kenny Hill (SS) *
        #74 Erik Howard (NT)
        #57 Byron Hunt (LB)
        #88 Bobby Johnson (WR)
        #68 Damian Johnson (T)
        #52 Pepper Johnson (LB)
        #59 Brian Johnston (C)
        #51 Robbie Jones (LB)
        #5 Sean Landeta (P)
        #46 Greg Lasker (S)
        #86 Lionel Manuel (WR) *
        #70 Leonard Marshall (RDE) *
        #75 George Martin (LDE) *
        #80 Phil McConkey (WR)
        #87 Solomon Miller (WR)
        #20 Joe Morris (RB) *
        #84 Zeke Mowatt (T)
        #63 Karl Nelson (RT) *
        #65 Bart Oates (C) *
        #34 Elvis Patterson (LCB) *
        #55 Gary Reasons (LILB) *
        #66 William Roberts (T)
        #81 Stacy Robinson (WR) *
        #22 Lee Rouson (RB)
        #17 Jeff Rutledge (QB)
        #78 Jerome Sally (NT)
        #11 Phil Simms (QB) *
        #56 Lawrence Taylor (ROLB) *
        #27 Herb Welch (FS) *
        #23 Perry Williams (RCB) *

        Denver Broncos
        #35 Ken Bell (RB)
        #54 Keith Bishop (LG) *
        #64 Billy Bryan (C) *
        #69 Tony Colorito (NT)
        #59 Darren Comeaux (LB)
        #63 Mark Cooper (RG) *
        #55 Rick Dennison (LB)
        #7 John Elway (QB) *
        #73 Simon Fletcher (DE)
        #43 Steve Foley (FS) *
        #62 Mike Freeman (G/C)
        #90 Freddie Gilbert (DE)
        #85 Joey Hackett (TE)
        #31 Mike Harden (RCB) *
        #36 Mark Haynes (CB)
        #2 Mike Horan (P)
        #98 Ricky Hunley (RILB) *
        #80 Mark Jackson (WR)
        #57 Tom Jackson (ROLB) *
        #82 Vance Johnson (WR) *
        #75 Rulon Jones (RDE) *
        #3 Rich Karlis (K)
        #88 Clarence Kay (TE) *
        #71 Greg Kragen (NT) *
        #8 Gary Kubiak (QB)
        #76 Ken Lanier (RT) *
        #33 Gene Lang (RB)
        #22 Tony Lilly (S)
        #77 Karl Mecklenburg (LILB) *
        #87 Bobby Micho (TE)
        #89 Orson Mobley (TE)
        #74 Dan Remsberg (T)
        #48 Randy Robbins (S)
        #50 Jim Ryan (LOLB) *
        #84 Clint Sampson (WR)
        #30 Steve Sewell (RB)
        #49 Dennis Smith (SS) *
        #70 Dave Studdard (LT) *
        #61 Andre Townsend (DE) *
        #81 Steve Watson (WR) *
        #47 Gerald Willhite (RB) *
        #45 Steve Wilson (CB)
        #23 Sammy Winder (RB) *
        #52 Ken Woodard (LB)
        #20 Louis Wright (LCB) *

        * Starters

      • Referee: Jerry Markbreit (9)
        Umpire: Bob Boylston (101)
        Head Linesman: Terry Gierke (72)
        Line Judge: Bob Beeks (59)
        Field Judge: Pat Mallette (82)
        Side Judge: Gil Mace (90)
        Back Judge: Jim Poole (92)

      • Super Bowl XXI Entertainment:
        Pregame: Salute to California with the Beach Boys
        Anthem: Neil Diamond
        Half Time: Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary with George Burns, Mickey Rooney, Grambling State University Marching Band, Disney characters and Southern California-area High School drill teams and dancers

        Half Time Program: Ghost Riders in the Sky, Theme songs from Bonanza, Indiana Jones, and Footloose, Hoedown Song, Cheek to Cheek, What a Feeling" (Theme from Flashdance), That's Entertainment, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and When You Wish Upon a Star.

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