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Former New York Giants Coach Bill Parcells Lists 1990 NFC Championship Game as Favorite Moment

July 18th, 2013 at 1:41 PM
By Douglas Rush

Next month, former New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells will be enshrined in the National Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Former Giants defensive lineman George Martin will be the one to present Parcells when he comes up for his induction.

Parcells was not selected last season in his first year of eligibility on the ballot, but was not overlooked in his second year as he will join Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen as the Class of 2013.

In a national conference call to talk about his Hall of Fame career, Parcells was asked about what was his favorite coaching moment of his career, in which Parcells chose a game where the Giants were viewed as a huge underdog going into.

“If you pin me down,” Parcells said on a national conference call today, “I would probably say the ’90 Championship Game in San Francisco (in which the Giants defeated the 49ers, 15-13, on Matt Bahr’s 42-yard field goal as time expired). We were heavy underdogs there that day, and San Francisco was going for their three-peat and we had lost our quarterback, Phil Simms, and we had Jeff Hostetler playing, who did a great job for us. I think probably that if you pin me down, that was – there were so many great players playing in that game, really, that that’s what makes it memorable to me. As a matter of fact, the referee, Jerry Markbreit, told me that of all the games he ever officiated, that was the greatest game he ever officiated. So that kind of stuck with me, too, that an official would view it that way as well.

Heading into that game, the 49ers were the then-two,time defending Super Bowl Champions looking to win their third straight title and were an eight-point favorite at Candlestick Park against the Giants. But the Giants defense hung tough against one of the league's best offenses and even knocked Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana out of the game, forcing Steve Young to come in and finish.

The Giants ended the 49ers dynasty when Matt Bahr drilled a game-winning, 42-yard field goal as time expired to send the Giants to Super Bowl XXV as they beat the 49ers 15-13.

The 71-year-old Parcells owns a career 172-130-1 career coaching record and was 77-49-1 in the regular season with the Giants, plus 8-3 in the postseason with two Super Bowl Championships. Parcells will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, August 3.


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15 Responses to “Former New York Giants Coach Bill Parcells Lists 1990 NFC Championship Game as Favorite Moment”

  1.  Krow says:

    Belichick’s masterpiece. Bet it was quite a thrill for Parcells to watch him do it.

  2.  GOAT56 says:


    Fewell has his faults but I think especially last year the issue was much more the players. DTs play was poor, as was the LB play and webster forgot how to play football. We will have issues with some calls because Fewell tends to be more conservative than most of us would like. But we have enough to make his defense work this year if the CBs stay healthy. I think the speed at LB is the DL does it job will help a lot in the short to medium range passes that were completed so easily last year.

    •  Krow says:

      A coach is supposed to put his players in the best position he can for them to succeed. We were 28th against the run and 31st against the pass last season. So if you feel Perry Fewell did a good job then this is about where you think we belong talent-wise.

    •  kujo says:

      …by us.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        That’s probably true but I don’t think it’s a given. If Nicks has the type of year I think he can have with the running game, Cruz and improved Randle then he might price himself out. I think we franchise him in 2014. I think Nicks is going to want more than we are willing to give but we won’t let him go when we can keep him for 10.5 mil. If we don’t sign him before the year I’m really worried about keeping him long term because what a true #1 WR would be worth on the open market with no other #1 WRs.

        A ton of guaranteed money seems like to best way to make it work. Meaning maybe 30 mil in guarantees to offset a 10-11 mil per year offer.

        •  Krow says:

          The only shot we have is to sign him before we’re deep into the 2013 season. If he hits the market it won’t matter what he did. He’ll still get a mega-offer from someone. He has no ties to the area. He’s won a Superbowl. He’s not big on the celebrity lifestyle or endorsements. There’s no reason he won’t follow the money.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    I remember that game so well
    we were down 13-12
    SF was running the game out
    then Marshall knocked Montana out
    and LT forced Roger Craig to fumble

    •  LUZZ says:

      One of the most delicious wins of my life as Giants fan. No way did I think we had the horses (offensively) to stay with the 9ers on their field, who were going for their 3-peat.

      I don’t generally get into the whole “the better team lost” thing since it’s crap in today’s NFL where teams are so close talent wise. But in the 1990 champ game, the 9ers were the better team, we stole that one. Not often do you win an NFC championship game on the road without getting into the endzone.

  4.  Krow says:

    The more I think about it … I wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants are already assuming they’ll have to move on from Hakeem Nicks. We really don’t know how tight the cap situation is. It may be so bad that they already know they can’t make a deal.

  5.  Aaron21 says:

    I have to ask, do you really think Nicks is worth the$$? His numbers are not that impressive and he hasn’t played a full season in a couple of years now. I think Eli makes good receiverslook great at times.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      when HEALTHY, Nicks is a terrific WR and makes the other WR’s better because of the attention he garners.

      They should pay him. Good thing Randle doesn’t come up for a few years, because i have a feeling he will be the best out of the 3.

    •  jfunk says:

      It’s really simple. He’s a legit stud at X. The going rate for the position is $10-12MM per.

      Eli can do nothing to make a receiver have the physical skills required to play X, draw double teams, and still make plays despite that attention from the defense. Much like Eli makes the players around him better, so does true #1 X receiver.

      Not having a stud at X changes your entire offense for worse. Much like a franchise QB, you hold onto them when you have them because you never know when you’ll have another chance to acquire one.

    •  Krow says:

      Worth it or not … he’s going to get it. But in the salary cap era every GM has to balance a lot of spinning plates. Money spent on one guy is money not spent on another. Only a few people know all the factors teams have to weigh in a decision as large as Hakeem’s prospective contract. But I do know that $11,000,000 is 2-3 very good starters.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    One of the best games ever. That defense was ridiculous. And then they beat another “better” team in the Super Bowl.

    Nicks will be here, and he’s worth whatever he gets. He remains the second most important member of the team and makes THE ENTIRE OFFENSE deadly because of how defenses have to account for him. His presence allows for savings at tight end, on the offensive line, and in the slot (if we had just a B+ receiver at the X-position Cruz would have made more). He even allows for savings on defense. As for Eli “making” receivers, yeah, but not Nicks. How about the end of the half up in Green Bay in 2011? How many receivers make that play? Did Eli “make” Hakeem in those playoffs or might it have been the other way around? I’d call it a true partnership. Hakeem is going to be here for years to come.

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