Unfortunately, the New York Giants are sitting out this year's NFL playoffs. On the bright side, Giants fans won't need defibrillators to watch this year's NFC Championship Game. The four-time Super Bowl champions, who are 5-0 in the conference finals, have provided fans with some of the most memorable and heart-stopping moments in conference-championship game history. Here's a recollection of those unforgettable games and the individual performances which made them special.
Red-Skinned (Jan. 11, 1987) -- Okay, so not all of the Giants' NFC Championship Game victories were edge-of-your-seat thrillers. The G-Men demolished the Washington Redskins, 17-0, in the 1986 conference finals at Giants Stadium to reach the team's first Super Bowl. Aside from the historic footnote, New York's defensive domination in the postseason was unforgettable. Big Blue beat up its first two playoff foes by a combined score of 66-3 on the road to Super Bowl XXI.
Taylor Made (Jan. 20, 1991) -- The Giants stunned the two-time defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in the 1990 NFC Championship Game, 15-13, on Matt Bahr's fifth field goal of the contest as time expired. But the turning point of this grudge match happened moments earlier when the great Lawrence Taylor pounced on Roger Craig's fumble to give the G-Men new life. With the victory, New York avenged a bitter 7-3 loss to San Francisco on Monday Night Football and advanced to Super Bowl XXV to face the Buffalo Bills.
Kerry's Calling Card (Jan. 14, 2001) -- The 2000 NFC Championship Game was over by halftime, as the Giants raced out to a 34-0 lead against the Minnesota Vikings and coasted to a 41-0 victory at Giants Stadium. Equally as shocking as the final score was the performance of hit-or-miss quarterback Kerry Collins, who threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair to Ike Hilliard. Unfortunately, the Giants were blown out by the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
Frozen in Time (Jan. 20, 2008) -- The Giants shocked the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFC Championship Game, 23-20, on Lawrence Tynes' 47-yard field goal in overtime on a frostbitten Lambeau Field. Two other heroes for the Giants were Plaxico Burress, who abused the Packers for 11 catches for 154 yards, and Corey Webster, whose overtime pick of the legendary Brett Favre set up the game-winning field goal. The Giants moved on to Super Bowl XLII and a date with history.
San Francisco Treat (Jan. 22, 2012) -- For the second time in four years, Tynes kicked the Giants to the Super Bowl. His 31-yard field goal 7:54 into overtime defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, in the 2011 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick. Moments earlier, rookie Jacquian Williams reserved his place in team lore by forcing a special teams fumble to set up the game-winning kick. The Giants went on to beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in five seasons.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. He proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @Pegcitysports.