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

  • 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
    Check out our full video catalog:
    Visit our playlists:
    Like SB Nation on Facebook:
    Follow on Twitter:
    Follow on Instagram:
    Explore SB Nation:
  • SportsSports

Comments • 1 653

  • SB Nation
    SB Nation  3 months ago +158

    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 14 days ago

      Do a Kobe and Shaq beef please if yaw haven't. God bless.

    • Ronnie Burgandy
      Ronnie Burgandy 14 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

  • ghostskiller 445767

    Damn this hit too hard

  • Magikmike39
    Magikmike39 6 days ago +1

    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
    sevenrats 9 days ago

    Michael Strahan and JPP and a great game plan by Coughlin. That's how.

  • warren lamar
    warren lamar 11 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 12 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 14 days ago

    Do a video of the Texans. I think it would be interesting with jj watts story

  • Messier90
    Messier90 15 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
      Messier90 12 days ago

      Benny Wave ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got no reason to complain but I still do lol

    • Benny Wave
      Benny Wave 12 days ago +1

      Im glad it hurt ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Arthur McKelvie
    Arthur McKelvie 19 days ago

    It's been a rough few seasons

  • Reno Gonzalez
    Reno Gonzalez 23 days ago

    Proud to be a cowboys fan right now

  • Buck Buck
    Buck Buck 24 days ago

    E A G L E S

  • Steven Portillo
    Steven Portillo 24 days ago +1

    Saquan Barkley to the rescue

  • Dominique Brown
    Dominique Brown 24 days ago

    We have 4 actually

  • Ryan Casteel
    Ryan Casteel 26 days ago

    Two fluke victorys enough said giants have always been a mess in Eli era

  • Arp Laszlo
    Arp Laszlo 28 days 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 29 days 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
    JaronZ Month ago +2

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

  • theone2225
    theone2225 Month ago

    McAdoo and glad they're gone.

  • Rizahri
    Rizahri Month ago

    they were always a mess, they just got lucky

  • Robert Geist
    Robert Geist Month ago +1

    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 Month ago

    In defense of benching Manning-he wasnโ€™t getting it done. It may not work but they already werenโ€™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.
    Iโ€™m not quite sure if Pat Shurmur and Gettleman are the remedy, in fact iโ€™d bet against it. But hey, 0-16 or 16-0 iโ€™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
    ocke94 Month ago

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

  • Isar Soussa
    Isar Soussa Month ago

    stoppp :โ€™(

  • roknkawk
    roknkawk Month ago

    We need a Drake curse breakdown

  • Wen L.
    Wen L. Month ago +1

    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 Month ago +1

    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
    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 +1

    GO BOYZ ! ! !

  • Alex Doty
    Alex Doty Month ago +1


  • David Webster
    David Webster Month ago +1

    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
    Geniusjdog Sports Month ago

    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
    Boromir Of Gondor Month ago +1

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

  • Boromir Of Gondor
    Boromir Of Gondor Month ago

    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?

  • iStolethisVideojustforYou

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

  • Norg1
    Norg1 Month ago

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

  • Evan Williams
    Evan Williams Month 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 Month ago

    Do the Lakers collapse

  • Matthew Martinez
    Matthew Martinez Month ago +1

    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 Month ago

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

  • man united fan
    man united fan Month ago +2

    You should do Manchester United collapse.

  • Groundhog's Day
    Groundhog's Day Month ago

    Sports has ever seen. Man I hate those guys.

  • Martin Ojeda
    Martin Ojeda Month ago

    Would like to see a video about the Eagles climbing up from the bottom to a Super Bowl Win ๐Ÿ†

  • Prez TV
    Prez TV Month ago

    Do the Jets after 2010

  • Cade Latham
    Cade Latham Month ago +1

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

  • Cairo Scientia
    Cairo Scientia Month ago +1

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

    • Leorick T.
      Leorick T. 28 days ago +1

      The mannings are part of the "good old boys" club

    MAGACOP 2 months ago


  • Toboloco
    Toboloco 2 months ago

    Good video

  • Douglas Jones
    Douglas Jones 2 months ago +1

    They saved us from Brady having a 8 rings ๐Ÿ˜Š whew!

  • nayr497
    nayr497 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Taylor Bolshoi
    Taylor Bolshoi 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Patrick Nasser
    Patrick Nasser 2 months ago +1

    Atlanta Braves 90's disappointed

  • Joshua Miranda
    Joshua Miranda 2 months ago

    The New York Giants: From Super Bowl to Derp Bowl

  • Zachary Sturgeon
    Zachary Sturgeon 2 months ago +1

    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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    this collapse is a Joke!!!!

  • Kaque Burlington
    Kaque Burlington 2 months ago +3

    Ask any player, coach, coordinator, GM, exec, owner, any fan of the team, โ€œHereโ€™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 recordsโ€. Everyone is signing on to that.

  • Radio Active
    Radio Active 2 months 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 2 months 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.