Count Up to Super Bowl 50: A Look Back at Super Bowl XXI

The New York Giants and Denver Broncos went head to head in Super Bowl XXI. The end score was 39-20 with the Giants in the lead. The game was played in Pasadena, California at The Rose Bowl on January 25, 1987. There were a total of 101,063 people in attendance for this year’s Super Bowl.

The Giants played hard during the second half of the game, giving themselves a record name during the Super Bowl. They scored 30 points during the second half of the game, which up to this point, wasn’t heard of. The MVP of the game was Phill Simms, quarterback of the Giants, had 25 rushing yards on 3 carries and three touchdowns. It’s safe to say that Simms was on fire during Super Bowl XXI.

CBS broadcasted the game in 1987 and there were a total of 87.2 million viewers watching Super Bowl XXI. The cost of a 30 second commercial was $600,000, which is a major increase from Super Bowl XX. Pat Summerall and John Madden were both announcers at the Super Bowl in 1987. And the National Anthem was sung by Willie Davis. The halftime show was a “Salute to Hollywood‘s 100th Anniversary” with Southern California high school drill teams and dancers.

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