Minneapolis Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl XXI

With Week 7 in the NFL officially underway, we’re looking back at Super Bowl XXI between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos.

January 25, 1987

Once again played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the New York Giants and Denver Broncos would show down in Super Bowl XXI in front of over 101,000 fans. The Giants would score a record 30 points during the second-half of Super Bowl XXI, a record that still stands today, eventually leading them to a 39-20 victory over the Broncos.

Giants quarterback Phil Simms scrambled for three touchdowns in the big game, which would lead his team to their first Super Bowl victory and his eventual Super Bowl MVP awarding.

Super Bowl XXI was broadcast on CBS in 1987, with a total of 87.2 million fans tuning in. The cost of a 30-second commercial continued to rise, now up to $600,000, with announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden both handling broadcasting duties. The National Anthem for Super Bowl XXI was sung by Willie Davis, and the halftime show was a “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary,” featuring the Southern California high school drill team and dancers.

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