Super Bowl 21 logo, New York Giants 39VS Denver Broncos 20, MVP Phil Simms

Super Bowl XXI (21)
Game Summary

New York Giants
Denver Broncos
New York Giants Superbowl XXI Ring


New York Giants:
Bill Parcells
Denver Broncos:
Dan Reeves

Half Time Show

Headliner: Southern California-area high school drill teams and dancers.


Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, CA

Date: August 18, 1970
Attendance: 101,063


Phil Simms
Quarterback (QB)
New York Giants

New York Giants Defeats Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.  Phil Simms named MVP.

The NFC champion New York Giants captured their first NFL title since 1956 when they defeated the AFC champion Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI. John Elway who was 13 of 20 for 187 yards in the first half, and the Broncos, held a 10-9 lead at intermission, the narrowest halftime margin in Super Bowl history.

Denver's Rich Karlis opened the scoring with a Super Bowl record-tying 48-yard field goal. Next Series, New York drove 78 yards in nine plays to take a 7-3 lead on Phil Simms's 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zeke Mowatt.

The Broncos came right back with a 58-yard scoring drive on six plays finished off by John Elway's 4-yard touchdown run. The second quarter saw the sack of Elway in the end zone by defensive end George Martin for a New York safety.

Early in the second. the Broncos had a first down at the New York 1-yard line, but failed to score on three running plays and Karlis's 23-yard missed field-goal attempt and slowly the balance of power started to shift.

The Giants took command of the game in the third en route to a 30-point second half, the most ever scored in one half of Super Bowl play.

N.Y. Giants took the lead for good on tight end Mark Bavaro's 13-yard touchdown catch 4:52 3rd. The nine-play, 63-yard scoring drive included the successful conversion of a risky fourth-and-1 play on the New York 46-yard line. Denver was limited to only two net yards on 10 offensive plays in the third period.

Simms set Super Bowl records, most consecutive completions (10) and highest completion percentage (88 percent on 22 completions in 25 attempts). Simms also passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns and was named the game's most valuable player (MVP).

New York running back Joe Morris was the game's leading rusher with 20 carries for 67 yards. Denver wide receiver Vance Johnson led all receivers with five catches for 121 yards.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Denver Broncos 2025:21 5162237/140/0
New York Giants3934:3910131246/121/2
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Broncos1 4:09Karlis 48yd Field Goal30
Giants 1 9:33Mowatt 6 pass from Simms (Allegre kick)37
Broncos112:54Elway 4 run (Karlis kick)107
Giants 212:14safety Martin 0109
Giants 3 4:52Bavaro 13 pass from Simms (Allegre kick)1016
Giants 311:06Allegre 21yd Field Goal1019
Giants 314:36Morris 1 run (Allegre kick)1026
Giants 4 4:04McConkey 6 pass from Simms (Allegre kick)1033
Broncos4 8:59Karlis 28yd Field Goal1333
Giants 411:42Anderson 2 run (Allegre, kick failed)1339
Broncos412:54Johnson 47 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)2039
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