The Giants’ Chad Morton returns a punt for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 11, 2005, at Giants Stadium.

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10 Most Memorable Giants Season Openers

September 07, 2018 - 9:33 am


The New York Giants will play in their 94th season opener Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Big Blue’s record in season openers has been historically good — 50-38-5 — New York has won just one of their last seven Week 1 games.

Here’s a look at the 10 most memorable Giants season openers in the modern era.

10. Sept. 12, 2010: Giants 31, Panthers 18

The Giants opened their new stadium — known then as New Meadowlands Stadium — on a high note, as Eli Manning passed for three touchdowns and the defense intercepted Carolina quarterback Matt Moore three times en route to the victory.

9. Sept. 9, 2007: Cowboys 45, Giants 35

Despite Manning passing for 312 yards and four touchdowns, three to Plaxico Burress, the Giants lost a heartbreaker in Dallas. Big Blue rallied from 16 points down in the fourth quarter to cut the Cowboys’ lead to 38-35. But Dallas answered on the ensuing drive with a 51-yard TD pass from Tony Romo to Sam Hurd.

The Giants’ Eli Manning prepares to hand off the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Sept. 9, 2007.
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8. Sept. 9, 1990: Giants 27, Eagles 20

Just days after ending his holdout, Lawrence Taylor sacked Philadelphia QB Randall Cunningham three times in the victory at Giants Stadium.

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7. Sept. 1, 1996: Bills 23, Giants 20 (OT)

In one of the Giants’ most gut-wrenching openers, New York squandered a 17-0 second-quarter lead at home. Steve Christie’s 34-yard field goal in overtime was the death knell.

6. Sept. 5, 1993: Giants 26, Bears 20

In Dan Reeves’ debut as Giants coach, Phil Simms tossed a 1-yard TD pass to Jarrod Bunch with 1:07 remaining against the Bears at Soldier Field. On Chicago’s next snap, Taylor strip-sacked Jim Harbaugh and recovered the fumble, sealing the victory.

Giants QB Phil Simms looks to pass against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 5, 1993, at Soldier Field.
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5. Sept. 15, 1963: Giants 37, Colts 28

The Giants stormed back from a 21-3 second-quarter deficit to beat Johnny Unitas and the Colts in Baltimore. Y.A. Tittle passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns, and Phil King caught five passes for 101 yards and a score in the win.

4. Aug. 31, 1997: Giants 31, Eagles 17

With Philadelphia going in for what would’ve been the tying score with five minutes to play, Sam Garnes intercepted a Rodney Peete pass and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown to ice the victory.

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3. Sept. 21, 1969: Giants 24, Vikings 23

Big Blue trailed 23-10 in the fourth quarter before Fran Tarkenton, playing against his former and future team, completed 16- and 10-yard touchdown passes Don Herrmann in the final five minutes to pull out the win at Yankee Stadium.

2. Sept. 11, 2005: Giants 42, Cardinals 19

New York found itself down 13-7 at halftime but then dominated the Cardinals in the second half, outscoring them 35-6 in the Meadowlands. The Giants were helped by Willie Ponder’s 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Chad Morton’s 52-yard punt return for a score.

1. Sept. 11, 1989: Giants 27, Redskins 24

Raul Allegre kicked a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to tie it and then a 52-yarder as time expired to win the Monday night game in D.C.