Best rivalries in New York Giants history

In honor of Duke vs. UNC meeting in the Final Four, the greatest Giants rivalry is with the Cowboys.

John Schmeelk: Fiction – The two rivalries are similar in that the two teams have played so many important regular season contests but rarely face each other in the postseason. The Giants and Cowboys have only one playoff matchup, coming after the 2011 season. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels will meet for the first time in the NCAA tournament this year. There’s a difference though: geography. Duke and North Carolina are virtually right next door to one another, which makes their rivalry much more similar to the Giants-Eagles rivalry with the teams only a little more than an hour away from one another on the Turnpike. I’m going Giants-Eagles since the fan bases are so close to one another and have real animus for one another.

Dan Solomone: Fact – There’s a reason the Giants and Cowboys open the season against each other more times than not and often get a primetime slot when they meet. While it may not have the animosity of the Eagles rivalry, the lights are just a little brighter when the Giants and Cowboys play. But what do I know? I’m from the Midwest.

Lance Medow: Fiction – I think it’s easy to go with the Cowboys, but there’s actually more history between the Giants and Eagles. It’s a far more balanced rivalry with Philadelphia leading the all-time series 89-87-2. The latter matchup goes all the way back to the 1930s. In comparison, Dallas has won 71 of the 120 meetings against the Giants and they’ve only met eleven in the postseason compared to four times with Philly. There are so many notable moments between New York and Philadelphia, including Cuck Bednarik’s hit on Frank Gifford in November 1960, The Miracle at the Meadowlands in November 1978, Michael Strahan’s game-winning 44-yard interception return for a score in overtime in October 1999 , Brian Westbrook’s 84-yard punt return for a game-winning score in October 2003, Giants collecting 12 sacks against Donovan McNabb in September 2007 and DeSean Jackson’s game-winning 65-yard punt return for a touchdown to cap a stunning rally in December 2010 I could add plenty more to that list.

Matt Citak: Fiction – This one could go either way between the Cowboys and Eagles. But due to recent years, especially Week 17 of the 2020 season, I’m going with the Eagles. Of the 178 games in the all-time series between the division rivals, Philadelphia currently holds a very slight edge over the Giants. The Eagles have won 89 total games against the Giants, while Big Blue has emerged victorious 87 times. The two teams have also tied twice. With such a short drive separating the two, similar to Duke and UNC, the rivalry between the Giants and Eagles takes the cake as the greatest Giants rivalry.

Lawrence Taylor was the most dominant athlete in his respective sport to come out of UNC.

John Schmeelk: Fiction – Dan, really? You serve this question up to Lance Medow on a silver platter like this? I’m guessing he felt in 8,000 words on Michael Jordan as a response to this question. So, I’ll just agree that it’s Jordan and tell you to go read his answer from him.

Dan Solomone: Fact – There’s an argument to be made, but I just like annoying Lance. I’ll leave it there.

Lance Medow: Fiction – When Michael Jordan is a graduate of your school, I’m sorry, but everyone takes a back seat to him. Lawrence Taylor is right up there, but let’s not also forget what Jordan accomplished in college in comparison to Taylor even before he entered the NBA. Jordan earned ACC Freshman of the Year in 1982 before hitting the game-winning jump shot in the national championship game against Georgetown. He was named an All-American in his sophomore and junior years and also claimed the Naismith and Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984. I understand Giants fans’ allegiance to Taylor, but when you look at the college and then add in the pro resumes of the two, it’s not even close.

Matt Citak: Fiction – I really wanted to go fact on this one, as Taylor’s collegiate career at UNC consisted of an ACC Player of the Year award, Unanimous All-American selection and having his No. 98 jersey retired. But I don’t see how one could not give this honor to Michael Jordan. Jordan racked up the accolades while playing for the Tar Heels. He was named ACC Rookie of the Year, twice selected as First-Team All-ACC, twice selected as Consensus First-Team All-American, ACC Player of the Year and National College Player of the Year, while also helping UNC win a NCAA championship. As great as Lawrence’s collegiate resume is, Jordan’s career at UNC takes the crown.

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