Historical New York Giants clips is a weekly Giants 101 feature that takes a look back at vintage video of Big Blue, both in color and black and white, over the course of their illustrious history. Whether it's a win or a loss, the purpose of this feature is to help educate newer generations of Giants fans and to bring older generations of Giants fans back in time. Enjoy.
Because nothing substantial happened (ie. playoffs or championship) in 1970, the season is not often reflected on by those were were born after it. Short of being alive to witness it, it's one that has been lost in the vault forever. But like every chapter in a book, the 1970 season paved the way for things to come and would be the last time New York Giants fans got to experience a team competing for the playoffs until 1981 – a 10 year drought that saw only one winning season (8-6 in 1972).
At 7-4 in week 12, Big Blue was fading fast and trailed both the St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. Although they were coming off a big win in week 11 over the Washington Redskins, they still needed to win the remainder of their games, and that started with the visiting Buffalo Bills.
Trailing 6-3 at halftime, head coach Alex "Big Red" Webster made one thing clear: Play harder or it's all over.
Player harder they did, indeed. The Giants came out in the second half with a 62-yard kickoff return that set-up the game-tying field goal, and then it was off to the races. Fran Tarkenton would go on to toss two 4th quarter touchdowns (one to Clifton McNeil and one to Tucker Frederickson), while Ron Johnson added 100 yards on 21 carries en route to a 20-6 victory.
The Giants would then defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 34-17 in week 13 and move onto the Los Angeles Rams. A win meant a playoff birth for the first time since 1963, but the team collapsed and were embarrassed 31-3 in front of the home town crowd.
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