How the NY Giants won two Super Bowls, then became a total mess

  • Published on Mar 20, 2019
  • When the NY Giants beat the Patriots for their second Super Bowl in five years, it felt like they were in a position to win in any situation. They weren't the best, but they knew when to turn it on. But before we knew it, everything fell apart. Plagued by injuries and salary cap hell, the Giants did all they could to stay afloat. They brought in some shiny new toys like Odell Beckham Jr., David Wilson and Landon Collins, in hopes of rejuvenating what was left of their Super Bowl core.
    When that didn't work, they jettisoned the last of the old and used free agency to bring in some fresh blood. It worked, but only for a season, and they soon returned to the decline that - at this moment - has no end in sight.
    Written and produced by Will Buikema
    Directed by Mike Imhoff
    Motion graphics by Philip Pasternak and Mike Das
    Shot and edited by Alex Hawley
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  • SB Nation
    SB Nation  2 months ago +155

    Hey hey hey hey thank you! We'll have another episode of Collapse next week, then more in April, so please keep your suggestions coming. They're awesome, y'all are awesome, hope you enjoy

    • Zach Taylor
      Zach Taylor Day ago

      It may be too early, but do one on the post manning broncos.

    • Zeth Bell
      Zeth Bell 7 days ago

      The Texas Rangers after our back to back World Series loses

    • Ronald Ferguson
      Ronald Ferguson 10 days ago

      SB Nation 2006 Miami heat

    • Unknown
      Unknown 23 days ago

      What is the name of the song that starts at 13:54

    • John Nguyen
      John Nguyen 23 days ago

      How about the collapse of Peyton Manning's indianapolis colts.

  • Martin Smith
    Martin Smith 20 hours ago

    Coughlin was forced out (huge mistake). Eli Manning is the most overrated quarterback in NFL history. The guy is a turnover machine. The only thing that exceeded Odell's talent was his ego (he's your problem now Cleveland). The NFL draft proved that this franchise is still in the hands of idiots. I have absolutely no confidence in this team's immediate future. Players come and players go. In the NFL, it's all about the front office.

  • Owen Marye
    Owen Marye 2 days ago

    Rob gettleman comes in and ruins it even more

  • JaronZ
    JaronZ 2 days ago +1

    2 Miracle catches and 1 drop by Welker, cost NE two more Super Bowls. Shame

  • theone2225
    theone2225 2 days ago

    McAdoo and glad they're gone.

  • Rizahri
    Rizahri 3 days ago

    they were always a mess, they just got lucky

  • Robert Geist
    Robert Geist 3 days ago

    Pls do the Phillies 2007-current.
    2 World Series appearances, 102 wins in 2011 behind the 4 Aces, lost 88+ games for 5 seasons thereafter (90+ three times in a row). Ryne Sandberg's managerial debacle, Hamels' no hitter in 2015 prior to be traded at the deadline

  • Nurse08
    Nurse08 3 days ago

    In defense of benching Manning-he wasn’t getting it done. It may not work but they already weren’t going to make the playoffs so why not give someone else a shot?

  • Matt Jahshua
    Matt Jahshua 3 days ago

    As an honest and true Giants fan, this hurts to see visualized. The Giants for the better part of the last 7 seasons have been a poorly run and injury plagued franchise.
    I’m not quite sure if Pat Shurmur and Gettleman are the remedy, in fact i’d bet against it. But hey, 0-16 or 16-0 i’ll always bleed blue.

    • Sean C
      Sean C 3 days ago

      Mara was to patient with Reece

  • Jd D
    Jd D 3 days ago

    Carlos Maza approves this video

  • ocke94
    ocke94 4 days ago

    That first SB vs. the pats is such bs. But hey, it's football

  • Isar Soussa
    Isar Soussa 6 days ago

    stoppp :’(

  • roknkawk
    roknkawk 8 days ago

    We need a Drake curse breakdown

  • Wen L.
    Wen L. 9 days ago

    Just blame everything on Bieber :P

    Eli was hot for a while, but unlike Peyton, Eli is just not as strong a QB, when it comes to longevity. Eli's a 50m sprinter and Peyton runs marathons. Peyton can lead teams to the Super Bowl over a long period, make playoff contention, and still be relevant in a competitive division. I see Giants fans claiming Eli's one of the Greatest of All Time, he's good but compared to his brother he's not "great". The only reason why he's even in discussion is just because he was able to beat Tom Brady twice to hold down New England Patriots record. If you take that as a litmus test then Nick Foles should probably be considered 2nd Coming.

  • w41duvernay
    w41duvernay 11 days ago

    And then one of their best players blew his hand up with fireworks. AND they drafted a 3rd round QB with a 1st round pick...LOL

  • Pike Stance
    Pike Stance 12 days ago

    Collapse was inevitable when you have two back to back off- seasons with 20 players potentially being loss. The Giants played the short term gain gambit and they won 2 SBs. Many teams do that as well and fall short.

  • Walter Godwill
    Walter Godwill 12 days ago

    Odell wasn't great for us yeah a Few One hand catch but he wasn't a Team player

  • Theroux
    Theroux 12 days ago

    Outside of those two seasons, the Giants have no playoff wins since losing the 2000 Super Bowl. They only had one playoff victory throughout the 90s as well. If you could ever compact as much success as possible into such a condensed period, this would be it.

    Eli still finna break the all-time career INT record?

  • Darth Maul
    Darth Maul 12 days ago

    jew jork jiants

  • William O'Toole
    William O'Toole 14 days ago

    as the Giants fan the begging is awesome (I live in new england) and this was painful to watch

  • Alex Doty
    Alex Doty 14 days ago

    GO BOYZ ! ! !

  • Alex Doty
    Alex Doty 14 days ago


  • David Webster
    David Webster 15 days ago

    I really like the format of these videos...chart is a great visual.

  • AJ Carroll
    AJ Carroll 16 days ago

    And they are still collapsing... goodbye OBJ

  • Geniusjdog Sports
    Geniusjdog Sports 18 days ago

    Do the braves collapse

  • Rodney Jordan
    Rodney Jordan 19 days ago

    This one sucked... didn't take about the rise and fall and then rise again to later fall of the giants... throw the whole docu-mini away...

  • Boromir Of Gondor
    Boromir Of Gondor 19 days ago +2

    Coughlin's Jaguars went to the AFC conference final in 2017-2018. How'd that one feel Giants?

  • Boromir Of Gondor
    Boromir Of Gondor 19 days ago

    HEY HEY, do Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 getting swept by Columbus BJ after winning the president's trophy.

    • Me Tube
      Me Tube 16 days ago

      What are these words?

  • iStolethisVideojustforYou

    Wish my old giants would be back :( coach Coughlin I miss you soooo much

  • Norg1
    Norg1 20 days ago

    dang eli still with NY he a giant 44444 life !!!!!

  • Evan Williams
    Evan Williams 20 days ago

    They were never able to replace Strahan and Co. Once they left, they sunk it all in offensive players and when they didn't produce they have been a mess since then. That's why you don't sink you eggs in one basket.

  • Oscar Salazar
    Oscar Salazar 20 days ago

    Do the Lakers collapse

  • Matthew Martinez
    Matthew Martinez 22 days ago

    Giants were ahead at the time they had Wrs everywhere for manning ran the ball when they needed to and had an insane 4 man pass rush. Kid of like how teams build today. It just caught up with them

  • Unknown
    Unknown 23 days ago

    What is the name of the song that starts at 13:54

  • man united fan
    man united fan 23 days ago +1

    You should do Manchester United collapse.

  • Groundhog's Day
    Groundhog's Day 27 days ago

    Sports has ever seen. Man I hate those guys.

  • Martin Ojeda
    Martin Ojeda 29 days ago

    Would like to see a video about the Eagles climbing up from the bottom to a Super Bowl Win 🏆

  • Prez TV
    Prez TV 29 days ago

    Do the Jets after 2010

  • Cade Latham
    Cade Latham 29 days ago

    No other team will ever do what the patriots have done in the salary cap era

  • Cairo Scientia
    Cairo Scientia Month ago

    Its unreal how the ownership, through all of the losses, have still stuck with Eli Manning.

    MAGACOP Month ago


  • Toboloco
    Toboloco Month ago

    Good video

  • Douglas Jones
    Douglas Jones Month ago

    They saved us from Brady having a 8 rings 😊 whew!

  • nayr497
    nayr497 Month ago

    Uh, Giants fan here. None of us thought they were going tp become a dynasty or sustain this. They had some good seasons, but these teams were not that awesome.

  • josh
    josh Month ago

    And they still suck. Who's playing QB? Washed up Eli Manning.

  • Taylor Bolshoi
    Taylor Bolshoi Month ago

    Yeah, but watch this rebuild that's happening right now. While I love and respect Eli, I think the team will be better off with Daniel Jones especially if management thinks Jones is ready to start. If we sadly witness Eli's departure after this season, the Giants are going to have a lot of free cap space. So next year, the Giants just have to sign Bobby Wagner to replace BJ Goodson. No biggie .... hahaha but in all honesty, I don't think the Seahawks can afford Wagner after paying Russell Wilson his extension. And in next year's draft, the Giants only have to get an elite--lengthy, 50/50, jumpball, redzone--type of receiver (Tee Higgins: Clemson, Laviska Shenault Jr.: Colorado, CeeDee Lamb: Oklahoma, Collin Johnson: Texas). They also need to draft an elite right tackle in next year's draft (Solomon Thomas: Georgia, Walker Little: Stanford, Mekhi Becton: Louisville). Basically, the defense is pretty set once they get Bobby Wagner to play ILB alongside Alec Ogletree. The secondary is absolutely gorgeous, the lineman are "hogmollies" and fierce (everybody thinks Dexter Lawrence is going to be playing nose tackle to help everyone else in getting to the QB, but honestly LOOK OUT for the sacks and the overall numbers he's gonna put up, playing the end in this "release the hounds"--styled defense), and the edge rushing unit is going to surprise you this year. Lorenzo Carter is going to improve as he continues to start games in his second year, Markus Golden will thrive after fitting perfectly back into James Bettcher's defensive scheme, and I expect Oshane Ximines (another athletic 3rd round edge rusher like Carter) to also excel with the Giants during his rookie season. These rushers are all relentless and skilled in terms of getting to the quarterback, and with the help of this reinforced and monstrous looking D-line, they're going to be successful at bringing down the quarterback this season. The offense will need to add more height and skill to the wide receiver position along with more depth on the offensive line.

    I still think the Giants should've drafted EDGE Josh Allen at 6, OT Andre Dillard at 17, and still CB Deandre Baker or DL Dexter Lawrence if available at 30, WR Hakeem Butler at 95, still DB Julian Love at 108, and the rest of the selections I would keep as well. Because I like next year's QB draft class a lot more than Daniel Jones. I still like Jones, and I think he fits perfectly with the Giants, but I think we're going to see more talented QBs next year in all honesty. Especially because I am convinced that Eli can play another year, or even two. Cut Kareem Martin and throw any free money at Bobby Wagner. Do whatever it takes to get the best talent in next year's draft who would become the next franchise quarterback, because the Giants would only need to add depth otherwise. And BOOM! That would've been a dynasty kind of team if they went that route.......

    Offense Starting Lineup:
    WR: Sterling Shepard, DARIUS SLAYTON
    Slot: GOLDEN TATE, Corey Coleman
    LT: Nate Soldier
    LG: Will Hernandez*, DRAFT
    C: Jon Halapio, Spencer Pulley
    RT: ANDRE DILLARD*, Chad Wheeler
    TE: Evan Engram*, Rhett Ellison
    RB: Saquon Barkley*

    DT: BJ Hill, RJ McIntosh
    NT: Dalvin Tomlinson, DEXTER LAWRENCE
    ILB: Alec Ogletree, RYAN CONNELLY
    EDGE: Lorenzo Carter, DRAFT
    CB: Janoris Jenkins*, DRAFT
    CB: JULIAN LOVE, Sam Beal

    ...... but one can only dream for perfection. STILL I believe the Giants will make a quick return to the winner's circle and possibly the podium if they get Wagner and work on the offense in the draft next year in the way I'm suggesting. You heard it here, first!

  • Patrick Nasser
    Patrick Nasser Month ago

    More hockey beefs...Colorado vs Detroit video was great...Go Avalanche

  • Patrick Nasser
    Patrick Nasser Month ago +1

    Atlanta Braves 90's disappointed

  • Joshua Miranda
    Joshua Miranda Month ago

    The New York Giants: From Super Bowl to Derp Bowl

  • Zachary Sturgeon
    Zachary Sturgeon Month ago

    This starts out saying the Patriots "might" be the greatest dynasty in the history of the NFL. They are unequivocally the greatest dynasty in the history of sports in the history of the universe, writ large.

  • pensfan044
    pensfan044 Month ago

    You guys should do the Pittsburgh Penguins in the mid/late 80s to the early 2000s. "From Back-to-Back to Bankrupt."

    NFL DNA Month ago

    this collapse is a Joke!!!!

  • Kaque Burlington
    Kaque Burlington Month ago +3

    Ask any player, coach, coordinator, GM, exec, owner, any fan of the team, “Here’s the deal, you win 2 SB titles, 4 years apart, both times winning in overtime on the road in the Conference Championship game, followed by 2 game winning SB drives against the greatest dynasty ever, both SBs. However, after that, no playoffs for 4 or 5 years & losing records”. Everyone is signing on to that.

  • John Doe
    John Doe Month ago

    If it wasn’t for those wins Eli would be sacked ages ago

  • Radio Active
    Radio Active Month ago

    Well, I do know....for a fact, that the giants won at least one of their superbowls because the refs robbed the Patriots.....It's probably the superbowl that would have resulted in a perfect season for the Patriots.......just saying..........

  • Jed Lin
    Jed Lin Month ago +1

    To be fair, the two Giants teams that won those superbowls must have been the worst ones to ever do it. On paper, they were not that great.

  • Africa Supreme
    Africa Supreme Month ago

    This story is not over, the NY Giants aint done sticking it up

  • shookthees
    shookthees Month ago

    Why did you leave out Asante Samuel's dropped INT, and Wes Welker's dropped pass in SB46 which gifted the Giants those 2 SB victories. I'm just kidding.

  • Joe
    Joe Month ago

    12:11 do my eyes spy a Hefty Lefty!?!?!?!? Love you Jared!!

  • ACE
    ACE Month ago

    Doing it once is maybe 'luck'. Maybe. But beating a team twice on the biggest stage of your sport requires skill and shows who was the better team and 'player'... Not 'luck'.

  • STCB Prod.
    STCB Prod. Month ago


  • Kaybe Vang
    Kaybe Vang Month ago

    They made a deal with the devil to win 2 Super Bowls and now they are paying the price

  • mortalwombat2011
    mortalwombat2011 Month ago

    Lol, I feel like this might need to be updated

  • Brad2Penske
    Brad2Penske Month ago

    Reese stinks and deserves no credit, but he’s still better than Gettleman!

  • Justin Nardine
    Justin Nardine Month ago

    The first one was too much!

  • Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith Month ago

    You need to do the 2001/02 Mets. Coming off their WS appearance in 2000, they missed the playoffs in '01 before creating the infamous Mets Super Team of 2002 which had a losing record finishing fifth in the NL East. There is also the collapse of the Mets after the 2006 playoff run from which they did not recover until lightening struck in 2015.

  • Hoder Harris
    Hoder Harris Month ago

    He lost his arms in the making of this video.

  • Lone Swifter
    Lone Swifter Month ago +2

    Patriot Killers they are, but both SB XLII and XLVI were both a fluke. They were lucky, but this is the hard cost for dealing with the devil as salary caps rises and Eli was never an elite QB in the first place. What really made the G-Men burn to ashes is losing their best reciever, OBJ. Enjoy the hell and stress rebuilding the team as Eli's retirement is on the way. They had it all, but it is better off rather to be forgettable moments that wished it could've been avoided. At the end of the day, its all business, never personal as judgements and sacrifices had to be made for around all professional of sports.

  • Ethan N.
    Ethan N. Month ago

    I think this should be edited to say the NFC East in general lol.

  • Kyle Rozek
    Kyle Rozek Month ago

    If joe Philbin's kid never fell through that ice, the Giants would only have one SB

  • James Spadafora
    James Spadafora Month ago

    this video was awesome! so many uneducated people with their dumb opinions dont know any of this

  • harold mccoy
    harold mccoy Month ago +2

    Cowboys WON the Odell Beckham catch contest dude!!!!

  • Juan Carlos Ottavianelli jr

    Reese ruined everything ... Accorsi built those teams

    • Juan Carlos Ottavianelli jr
      Juan Carlos Ottavianelli jr 2 days ago

      @Durran Osman I hear you but Reese was just a mistake to promote to GM hes a real good scout & actually 07 was the best drafts they put together & it was Gettleman who was head of player personnel so he made the choices on who they targetted & following Accorsi model... Gettleman should've been promoted to GM bc Reese kept Ross around as player personel & we saw how that went for 8 years of poor drafts ...

    • Durran Osman
      Durran Osman 2 days ago

      Reese draft key players who contributed to the 07 run. Reese had bad drafts later on. The one thing Reese was good at was not overpaying players during extensions. However, not keeping Linval really hurt him. Reese is a mixed bag.

  • Travis John
    Travis John Month ago +2

    This one is kinda dumb. Most teams that win it all have down periods after. You cite Antrel Rolle being let go as a huge loss. Rolle was great in 2013 but was absolutely terrible his remaining years.

  • Dylan P.
    Dylan P. Month ago

    Do the Packers

  • Will Y
    Will Y Month ago

    Desean Jackson punt return TD

  • Scott Fairbanks
    Scott Fairbanks Month ago

    They remind me of the late 90's to early 00's Florida Marlins. The Marlins had two Cinderella years no one expected and ended up winning the World Series both times. But during the intervening years and especially the years after, they really did not look like the same teams. They were also forced to unload some talent due to cap hits i believe. But it all cannot be blamed on that. Just terrible mismanagement for the Marlins. Same thing has been going on for the NY Giants. Just look are the 2019 offseason. Traded Odell and drafting weirdly. Not a great look for a team desperate for new star players.

  • OmegaMan
    OmegaMan Month ago +5


  • Davon Gordon-White
    Davon Gordon-White Month ago

    This has to be updated we get this clown David Gettleman who let Landon Collins walk and sign with the Redskin then we trade Odell to the Damn Brown's and the rumors are that they will draft a defense player as opposed to a Quarter back.

  • NoctemAeternusMusic

    Coughlin takes too much blame when it was the GM that dismantled that team.

  • R. William Comm
    R. William Comm Month ago

    Giants are a classy team but ‘07 Giants at 10-6 regular season got very lucky on Favre interception to go play undefeated Pats & ‘11 Giants were 9-7 in the regular season. Both Super Bowls were great accomplishments but Giants never really reigned as champions. Feel good story that died but never a truly great team since Parcells left. Not a Pats fan but they’ve beat my team too many times & are the only real dynasty in NFL since 92-95 Cowboys & have wrecked the NFL for nearly 20 years.

  • Fod Woggler
    Fod Woggler Month ago

    Professional Football's Sentient Derp

  • Christopher Huynh
    Christopher Huynh Month ago +1

    This is why the Salary Cap and Free Agency were put into place; to prevent teams from easily forming dynasties. This is why the 49ers and Cowboys couldn't sustain their success. This goes to show that even though the Giants pieced it together, twice, to defeat the Patriots in the SB, the Patriots still come out with the last laugh.
    Since the 2011 SB loss, the Patriots have won 3x SBs and they've done it while managing their salary cap, losing key players, but replacing them with effective veterans and/or rookies. For the past 18 years, the Patriots have maintained their level of success and status as a dynasty, simply because they refuse to overpay. Even this off-season, most people were upset that they let Trey Flowers walk. But then they replaced him with someone else and will go on to win another 10+ games this season, go to the playoffs, more than likely get a first-round bye, and go from there.
    And the Patriots are also winning with undrafted players, late round picks, and "washed up" veterans

  • orangeapples
    orangeapples Month ago

    What is going on? I don’t care about pro sports but I have been on your channel for 2 hours. I never knew the games came with so much off the field drama. Holy crap.

  • Duck Hunt
    Duck Hunt Month ago

    if they have all of the best players the giants would become dynasty

  • Connor Akers
    Connor Akers Month ago

    Do a Collapse on the 05 White Sox

  • M Wright
    M Wright Month ago

    Do one on the packers

  • Nurse08
    Nurse08 Month ago

    As much as it will pain me since they're my guys how about the 49ers post Harbaugh. 😭😭

    • rikki evans
      rikki evans Month ago

      Nurse08 I’m a Hawks fan and I want to see that, mainly because the Hawks-49ers rivalry was great and I believe could have been a great one for a while before Harbaugh left

  • teto85
    teto85 Month ago

    The Giants had, and still have, crappy management. The best team on the field will win, but if it is crippled by bad management, it won't go anywhere. And Coughlin is now back with the Jags crying over players not attending OPTIONAL workouts. Why do loser coaches and executives keep getting recycled by the NFL?

  • Diego Lofranco
    Diego Lofranco Month ago

    LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers (both stints) or 2013-2015 Indiana Pacers next?

  • J. Rhodan
    J. Rhodan Month ago

    Should’ve been called “How Eli survived the collapse” 😂

  • Danimal The Animal
    Danimal The Animal Month ago

    Sacramento Kings collapse: from being an elite team in the early 2000s to a decade long rebiuld.

  • Shiela Ingram
    Shiela Ingram Month ago +1

    As a Giants fan this makes me so sad

  • TribeVegas100
    TribeVegas100 Month ago +1

    Damn this was insightful. Despite being an Eagles, I remember routing for the Giants in those Superbowls. I definitely like seeing them win. Now, as for the Cowhoes....

  • Dark Demonik
    Dark Demonik Month ago +1

    Answer- Jerry Reese got exposed that's what happened every Giants fan knows this

  • Dee Eagle
    Dee Eagle Month ago +3

    you even missed david wilson having to retire due to spinal stenosis and of course reese doing some absolutely woeful drafting

  • O O
    O O Month ago

    If the NFL got rid of single elimination in the playoffs, the Pats would win the Super Bowl every year

    • ZhangK71
      ZhangK71 Month ago

      O O 2007 Patriots almost for sure. 2001 Patriots? Not so sure about that one. Also doubt it for the 2018 Patriots.

  • Erik Hopkins
    Erik Hopkins Month ago

    Leave it to New York to BEAT Boston!

  • JamesEarlMoans
    JamesEarlMoans Month ago

    Jerry Reese nickel and dimed the offensive line and couldn't hit a good linebacker in the draft with a two by four. Then got scared off drafting Laremy Tunsil for Eli Apple who couldn't handle playing in New York. It is indeed a mess.

  • Max Kellerman
    Max Kellerman 2 months ago

    If you're a Giants WR and have a big game or memorable play against the Cowboys, you'll get a huge payday lol. Regardless how much you get injured