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Not Shocked By The Giants

Ok, why not give my take. When the Yanks choke I am still surprised, although as the 90s fade in the rear-view mirror, less so all the time (I am not even going to talk about the Knicks, who I expect to bum rush other teams when they're winning so they can get all their players kicked out Miami Playoffs style and lose--or just ask John Starks to keep shooting and shooting and shooting...).

The Giants, on the other hand, well I will never-ever-ever forget that playoff game against Randall Cunningham's Vikings (not known as Mr. Clutch in his Philly days), when the Giants more impressively snatched defeat from the jaws of victory than almost any other team I've ever had the pleasure to witness on TV.

Accept Other Giants squads (and those pesky Knicks again). Here is the sad tale from a NY Daily News article.

Gag order

Here's a look at some memorable leads the Giants have blown in last 10 years:

Sept. 15, 2003: Cowboys 35, Giants 32 (OT)

The Cowboys lead for most of the game at the Meadowlands, but Giants rally from 15 points down to tie the score on Kerry Collins' 20-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 6:20 left. With 11 seconds remaining, Matt Bryant hits a 30-yard field goal for a 32-29 lead, then bounces the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, allowing Dallas to tie it with Billy Cundiff's 52-yard field goal at the gun. Cundiff kicks a 25-yarder - his 7th of the game - on Dallas' second overtime possession.

Jan. 5, 2003: 49ers 39, Giants 38

Giants hold 38-14 lead in third quarter of wild-card game at Candlestick Park before Terrell Owens catches 26-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion to get San Francisco within 16 heading into final period. Giants get outscored, 17-0, in last 15 minutes, but have chance to win on a field goal when bad snap by Trey Junkin causes wild scramble that ends with holder Matt Allen's pass to eligible lineman Rich Seubert falling incomplete.

Dec. 27, 1997: Vikings 23, Giants 22

On strength of four Brad Daluiso field goals and Danny Kanell's touchdown pass to Aaron Pierce, Giants build up 19-3 halftime lead in wild-card game at the Meadowlands. But Randall Cunningham leads Vikings back, getting Minnesota within 22-20 on a 30-yard pass to Jake Reed with 1:38 left. Vikings recover onside kick and win on Eddie Murray's field goal with 10 seconds left.