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Ranking All 9 New York Super Bowls: Bills, Giants & Jets

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Ranking All 9 New York Super Bowls: Bills, Giants & Jets

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There have been nine Super Bowls involving New York teams since the first “AFL-NFL Championship Game” in 1967. The Buffalo Bills became notorious for appearing in four straight Super Bowls, losing all four. Their first loss came to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV. It was an epic 20-19 affair.

The Bills came within one game of reaching the Super Bowl last season and remain in the hunt for their first NFL championship again this year. They are +750 at FanDuel entering Week 18 of the regular season.

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Big Blue has reached the Super Bowl five times, winning four.

The New York Jets won their lone Super Bowl appearance – a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in January 1969. It was the biggest upset in terms of NFL odds in Super Bowl history. When the Jets won that game, the AFL was still a thing, the Jets played their home games at Shea Stadium, man had yet to walk on the moon and Lyndon B. Johnson was president.

How does each Super Bowl here rank in terms of overall impact and in importance? Much depends on your fandom, and/or if you were able to successfully wager on their outcomes (though no New York betting apps were available back then, of course). We’re here to give it a shot from a somewhat objective distance.

And we’ll do our best to keep it between the uprights.

Ranking The Bills, Giants & Jets Super Bowls

Here’s our ranking of all nine Super Bowls played featuring teams with New York monikers – even though the Giants and Jets play their home games in New Jersey. The Giants and Jets originally played their home games in New York City. The Giants played at the Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, in addition to the Yale Bowl and Shea Stadium, before moving to the New Jersey Meadowlands in 1976. The Jets followed in 1984 after calling Shea “home” for more than two decades.


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No. 9: Super Bowl 35 (Jan. 28, 2001) | Ravens 34, Giants 7

Odds: Ravens -3

BUZZ: In one of the most lopsided and unwatchable Super Bowls ever, the Baltimore Ravens dominated a Giants team quarterbacked by Kerry Collins. The Giants lost 35-7 and scored their only points on a kickoff return. The Ravens killer defense led by Ray Lewis would allow just one touchdown that entire postseason. The Giants were overwhelmed from the start. The highlight of the night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa was the halftime performance featuring Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears.

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No. 8: Super Bowl 26 (Jan. 26, 1992) | Redskins 37, Bills 24

Odds: Redskins -7

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BUZZ: The second of Buffalo’s four Super Bowl losses was over 16 seconds into the third quarter, after a Jim Kelly pass was picked off and returned to the 2-yard-line. The resulting score put Washington up 26-0 in the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Whatever success Kelly’s “K-Gun” offense enjoyed, it would be countered by a defense that was second-worst in the NFL in yards allowed. The Bills tacked on a pair of garbage time TDs to make the game appear much closer than it actually was.


No. 7: Super Bowl 27 (Jan. 31, 1993) | Cowboys 52, Bills 17

Odds: Cowboys -6.5

BUZZ: O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson shared the spotlight off the field at the Rose Bowl. Simpson handled the pre-game coin toss and Jackson performed at halftime. But this game was no thriller. The Bills grabbed a 7-0 lead early in their third-straight Super Bowl appearance. However, Dallas dominated from there and scored 28 of the next 31 points. The Bills would cut the Cowboys lead to 31-17 on the final play of the third quarter. Game MVP Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith put it away from there, along with a scoop-and-score 9-yard TD from Ken Norton Jr. The Cowboys scored the game’s final 21 points accounting for the lopsided margin.


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No. 6: Super Bowl 28 (Jan. 30, 1994) | Cowboys 30, Bills 13

Odds: Cowboys -10.5

BUZZ: The fourth time was nearly the charm for Buffalo, which led 13-6 at halftime despite being a sizable underdog. The Bills again rolled through the regular season at 12-4 and bounced the LA Raiders and Chiefs in the playoffs. No one outside Buffalo wanted to see the Bills in the Big Game for the fourth-straight time. The Bills rolled into the Georgia Dome with a defiant attitude. That wasn’t good enough to prevent a Thurman Thomas fumble 45 seconds into the third quarter that was run back for a touchdown by Dallas’ James Washington. It was, sadly, downhill from there as the Bills would be shut out the rest of the way. They have not been back to the Super Bowl since.

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No. 5: Super Bowl 46 (Feb. 5, 2012) | Giants 21, Patriots 17

Odds: Patriots -2.5

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BUZZ: This game loses some of its historical impact only because the Giants turned a similar feat just four years earlier in upsetting the favored Patriots. This was the fourth Super Bowl title in Giants history and most-recent title on this list. Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning were again kryptonite to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The Giants forced Brady to take an intentional grounding penalty on the Patriots first offensive snap, which became a safety since it occurred in the end zone.

The Patriots led 17-9 in the third quarter before Big Blue’s defense froze out New England. The Giants kicked a pair of field goals to get back in it. New York’s game-winning drive featured a miraculous 38-yard completion between Manning and Mario Manningham. The Patriots would allow the Giants to score with 57 seconds to play.

It would be enough time for a Brady comeback. His final pass into the end zone of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis fell a yard away from Rob Gronkowski’s outstretched arms. The victory gave the Giants a Super Bowl championship in four consecutive decades.


No. 4: Super Bowl 21 (Jan. 25, 1987) | Giants 39, Broncos 20

Odds: Giants -9.5

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BUZZ: The first Giants pro football championship since 1956 ended 20 years of frustration and lost opportunities. Super Bowl 21 reflected dominance in all three phases of the game at the Rose Bowl by the Giants. It would be Gotham’s second title in four months, with the Mets winning the World Series the previous October.

Bill Parcells’ Giants were significant favorites in this game at sportsbooks and did not disappoint. Big Blue trailed 10-7 in the first quarter before ripping off 26 unanswered points on a safety, field goal, rushing TD and a pair of TD passes via the arm of game MVP Phil Simms. The Giants QB finished with a Super Bowl record-high 150.92 passer rating. The game concluded with Parcells being doused by the first-ever nationally televised Gatorade shower.

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No. 3: Super Bowl 3 (Jan. 12, 1969) | Jets 16, Colts 7

Odds: Colts -19.5

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BUZZ: This remains the biggest Super Bowl upset in betting history and the one and only Super Bowl appearance by Gang Green. Coached by Don Shula, the mighty Baltimore Colts finished 13-1 and crushed the Cleveland Browns 34-0 in the NFL title game. But the Jets had Broadway Joe Namath, all that mojo and his infamous “guarantee” issued before the game in Miami’s Orange Bowl.

Namath would be MVP of the game although he did not throw a TD pass. He didn’t have to. The Jets powerful running game and Namath’s controlled passing attack consumed large chunks of clock and kept the ball away from the Colts. The Jets defense did the rest. The game gave the AFL some much-needed legitimacy two years ahead of the planned merger between the two leagues. Namath’s legend continues unabated to this day. He was last seen peddling Medicare referrals.


No. 2: Super Bowl 25 (Jan. 27, 1991) | Giants 20, Bills 19

Odds: Giants -7

BUZZ: So much of this game, which was played more than 30 years ago, still resonates across the culture of the NFL and across New York from the Hamptons to Niagara Falls. The protagonists’ names are legendary. Scott Norwood. Ottis Anderson. Thurman Thomas. Marv Levy. Parcells. Kelly. Belichick. This would be the first of four straight Super Bowl losses for Kelly, Levy and the Bills. That’s a feat unmatched in NFL history. No other team has appeared in more than three consecutive Super Bowls.

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Whitney Houston’s rendition of the pre-game national anthem remains the most spectacular in the history of American sport. The combination of her unrivaled, angelic-yet-powerful voice amid war in the Persian Gulf produces goose bumps to this day. The game was played at Tampa Stadium, which is now the site of a parking lot next to Raymond James Stadium. The defensive game plan was crafted by Belichick, Parcells’ coordinator, and sits in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Bills averaged nearly a point per minute of ball possession but would only have the ball for 19:27. Game MVP Anderson (103 yards, 1 TD) ran roughshod over Buffalo’s defense. Kelly could only watch, sitting idle for more than 40 minutes of play. Still, Buffalo would lead 19-17 after Thomas scored eight seconds into the final quarter. The Giants took a 20-19 lead on Matt Bahr’s second FG. The teams would swap punts before the Bills brought the ball to the Giants 29-yard line after a 61-yard drive with eight seconds to play. Norwood’s 47-yard attempt sailed wide-right by less than a yard.

The rest remains history/misery.

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No. 1: Super Bowl 42 (Feb. 3, 2008) | Giants 17, Patriots 14

Odds: Patriots -12

BUZZ: So, what could top Super Bowl 25 on this list? Well, how about game won by the Giants in which Big Blue denied the hated-by-all New England Patriots, Belichick and Brady a perfect 19-0 season. That’s what happened in Super Bowl 42 in Glendale, Arizona. 18-1 remains a permanent scar on the resume of Brady and Belichick.

And this Super Bowl victory – the first of two against the Patriots – immortalized Eli Manning forever in the lore of the Empire State as the ultimate Giant giant-killer. This game was the first title for the Giants in the post-Parcells era – even though Coughlin was Parcells’ wide receivers coach before becoming a head coach at Boston College. It also helped to emotionally cleanse the Giants loss in Super Bowl 35.

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The Giants almost missed the playoffs and played New England down to the wire in a 38-35 loss to close out the regular season. As a wild-card team, the Giants captured three road playoff games. The NFC title was clinched in the chill of Green Bay on a 47-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes in overtime.

Super Bowl 42 saw three lead changes in the final quarter. Brady found Randy Moss in the end zone with 2:42 to play to give the Patriots a 14-10 lead. But New England’s defense could not stop destiny. The final lead change was set up by the so-called “Helmet Catch,” considered to be among the greatest plays in Super Bowl history.

Manning escaped the grasp of at least three Patriots’ defenders and chucked a pass down the middle. Tyree leaped in the air and caught the ball, pressing it against his helmet while being mauled by Rodney Harrison. The 32-yard gain came with 58 seconds to play and left the ball on New England’s 24. A wide-open Plaxico Burress scored the game-winning TD four plays later on a 13-yard pass from Manning.

Unbelievable then and now.

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Bill Speros for Bookies.com
Bill Speros
Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.