Love him or hate him Phil Simms did something magical 26 years ago.
When you hear Simms during next week's broadcast of the Super Bowl, he will be giving you expert analysis like only he can.
What's more, he can back every bold claim up because he has been there and done it.
Not only that, he did it like no other quarterback in this game's history.
In Super Bowl XXI he led his New York Giants to their first win in the big game, a 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos. The way he did it was something quite incredible.
Trailing 10-9 at halftime, he took his Giants on a 63-yard scoring drive which ended with a 13-yard pass to Mark Bavaro. More was to come, and later in the game another drive ended with a deflected pass end up in the hands of Phil McConkey from 6 yards out.
Sandwiched between these two scores were 10 more unanswered points, which put the game well out of the Broncos' reach.
- 22 passes from 25 attempts complete = 88 percent
- 268 yards at an average of 10.72 per attempt
- 3 touchdowns
- QB rating of 150.9
- 10 straight pass completions
The QB rating still stands as the best ever in a Super Bowl. The completion percentage is still the best for passers with over 20 attempts.
over 101,000 fans were packed into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to see this historic day.
There have been some great quarterback shows since then, in what has become a pass orientated league, but still no one has come close to this performance.
It's very hard to see either of the two competing quarterbacks in this year's Super Bowl coming anywhere near to those passing records, but if they do I'm sure Simms will be the first to congratulate them from his lofty position in the broadcast booth.