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

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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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Mar 20, 2019

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SB Nation
SB Nation 4 months ago
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
Ronnie Burgandy
Ronnie Burgandy 19 days ago
Do a Kobe and Shaq beef please if yaw haven't. God bless.
Ronnie Burgandy
Ronnie Burgandy 19 days ago
Do a Kobe and Shaq beef please if yaw haven't yet.
Zach Taylor
Zach Taylor Month ago
It may be too early, but do one on the post manning broncos.
Zeth Bell
Zeth Bell Month ago
The Texas Rangers after our back to back World Series loses
Ronald Ferguson
Ronald Ferguson Month ago
SB Nation 2006 Miami heat
Joe Fords
Joe Fords 22 hours ago
I think there is always a price for being The Pats Kryptonite.... Damn.... As in damn...
Quiet Corner
Quiet Corner Day ago
I think you need to do a future projection on how the Minnesota Vikings are going to squander the opportunity that they have now and turn back into garbage.
Lorenzo Dawkins
The boat incident was overblown and was NOT the reason they lost the game. Dislike button pressed
Lorenzo Dawkins
First one was a FLUKE
V 3 days ago
we need a collapse video on the championship team nba okc thunder could’ve been
Benjamí Fresc
Benjamí Fresc 3 days ago
That wasn’t cyp.... nvm it doesn’t matter
ghostskiller 445767
Damn this hit too hard
Magikmike39 11 days ago
Eli Manning: Most overrated quarterback ever to win 2 Super Bowls. Any GM would have gotten rid of Manning years ago. John Mara is an idiot stuck in the past. I don't know why he's got such a hard-on for Manning. What's worse is Dave Gettleman is an even bigger idiot. He traded the greatest receiver they've had in Odell Beckham Jr, a guy who's put up better numbers than Jerry Rice and Randy Moss in his first 5 years for a middling 1st round pick, a 3rd round pick, and Jabrill freakin' Peppers, and now they're stuck with $16 million in dead money thanks to arguably one of the worst sign-and-trades in NFL history.
sevenrats 14 days ago
Michael Strahan and JPP and a great game plan by Coughlin. That's how.
warren lamar
warren lamar 16 days ago
Love the detail you use. How come the Panthers are the most up and down team in the history of sports.
Benny Wave
Benny Wave 17 days ago
Who cares. They still toppled the so called Greatest Team of All time not once but TWICE. No one will remember this collapse. People will only remember that Tom Brady could beat everybody else in a Super Bowl except the Giants.
Quinten Palmer
Quinten Palmer 19 days ago
Do a video of the Texans. I think it would be interesting with jj watts story
Messier90 19 days ago
Someone recently asked me if I would have rather seen the Pats go 19-0 or see them win the 6 they currently have, and to be honest it's a tough call for me. That loss to the Giants in SB 42 was by far the worst loss i've ever experienced as a Boston fan, (before that it was the Sox losing to the Yankees in the '03 ALCS) but if I had to make a decision, I would pick 6 rings over 4 even if that means sacrificing a perfect season.
Messier90 17 days ago
Benny Wave 😭😂 I got no reason to complain but I still do lol
Benny Wave
Benny Wave 17 days ago
Im glad it hurt 😂😂😂😂
Arthur McKelvie
Arthur McKelvie 24 days ago
It's been a rough few seasons
Reno Gonzalez
Reno Gonzalez 28 days ago
Proud to be a cowboys fan right now
Buck Buck
Buck Buck 29 days ago
Steven Portillo
Steven Portillo 29 days ago
Saquan Barkley to the rescue
Dominique Brown
Dominique Brown 29 days ago
We have 4 actually
Ryan Casteel
Ryan Casteel Month ago
Two fluke victorys enough said giants have always been a mess in Eli era
Arp Laszlo
Arp Laszlo Month ago
Nice video but how can you do this without mentioning Reese's poor drafting even once? That was the crux. He missed on lower round players every year. Those are the players that help fill out a roster. Those are the players you can develop so you can be choosy about which free agents to keep. Except for his first draft, where I believe that George Young was whispering in his ear, Reese's drafting blew chunks. If the cupboard hadn't been bare, his free agent spree in 2016 would have been unnecessary.
EAGLES GANG215 Month ago
Martin Smith
Martin Smith Month 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 Month ago
Rob gettleman comes in and ruins it even more
JaronZ Month ago
2 Miracle catches and 1 drop by Welker, cost NE two more Super Bowls. Shame
theone2225 Month ago
McAdoo and Reese.....so glad they're gone.
Rizahri Month ago
they were always a mess, they just got lucky
Robert Geist
Robert Geist Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago
Mara was to patient with Reece
Jd D
Jd D Month ago
Carlos Maza approves this video
ocke94 Month ago
That first SB vs. the pats is such bs. But hey, it's football
Isar Soussa
Isar Soussa Month ago
stoppp :’(
roknkawk Month ago
We need a Drake curse breakdown
Wen L.
Wen L. Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago
Odell wasn't great for us yeah a Few One hand catch but he wasn't a Team player
Theroux Month 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 Month ago
jew jork jiants
William O'Toole
William O'Toole Month ago
as the Giants fan the begging is awesome (I live in new england) and this was painful to watch
Alex Doty
Alex Doty Month ago
GO BOYZ ! ! !
Alex Doty
Alex Doty Month ago
David Webster
David Webster Month ago
I really like the format of these videos...chart is a great visual.
AJ Carroll
AJ Carroll Month ago
And they are still collapsing... goodbye OBJ
Geniusjdog Sports
Do the braves collapse
Rodney Jordan
Rodney Jordan Month 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
Coughlin's Jaguars went to the AFC conference final in 2017-2018. How'd that one feel Giants?
Boromir Of Gondor
HEY HEY, do Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 getting swept by Columbus BJ after winning the president's trophy.
Me Tube
Me Tube Month ago
What are these words?
Wish my old giants would be back :( coach Coughlin I miss you soooo much
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