SUPER BOWL XXI New York Giants 39, Denver Broncos 20 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California January 26, 1987 Attendance: 101,063
Denver Broncos (AFC)
New York Giants (NFC)
Phil Simms passed for 268 yards, which led to three touchdown passes.
Phil Simms set innumerable Super Bowl records and walked away with MVP honors, as the Giants captured their first NFL title since 1956 and marked the NFC's fifth NFL title in the past six seasons.
Simms set records for most consecutive completions (10) and highest completion percentage (88%, 22-of-25). In addition, he produced 268 yards in the air, which led to three touchdown passes. The Giants trailed, 10-9 at halftime, but scored 17 third-quarter points to take charge of the game.
The Giants 30 second-half points set a Super Bowl record. Simms and TE Mark Bavaro combined on a13-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 remaining to pull in front for good. Simms sealed the win with a TD pass to WR Phil McConkey, who caught the pass after it was tipped by teammate Bavaro, who earlier caught a TD pass. Elway's final TD came on a 47-yard pass to Vance Johnson with just over two minutes remaining in the game. The Giants held the Broncos to a net two yards on 10 offensive plays in the third quarter to put the game away.