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NFL Breakdown: A Slightly Different Look at Giants vs. 49ers

With the New York Giants facing the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, one can’t help but think back to the classic battles these two teams had in the 1980’s. The most famous of these perhaps was the 1990 NFC Championship Game on January 20, 1991 where Leonard Marshall knocked out Joe Montana. Then with Steve Young at quarterback and the 49ers needing just two first downs to run out the clock, Lawrence Taylor recovered a Roger Craig fumble, setting up a Matt Bahr 42-yard field goal, his fifth of the day, propelling the Giants to Super Bowl XXV against the Buffalo Bills, a historic game in its own right.

Step back in time with some Old School Spin as our Mike Damergis takes a look at the New York / San Francisco rivalry profiling their classic matchups during the 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1990 seasons.

FYI – For all you Big Blue and Leonard Marshall fans, here’s the entire interview that Mike did with Leonard with regard to those great Giants teams.

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  • Mike Damergis is a Media Director & Radio Professor for Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Mike ‘s career started with WNEW AM & FM in 1987, as a desk assistant for legendary DJ Scott Muni. He got his big break with the Toronto’s FAN 590 in 1997, when he was named the afternoon producer for Bob McCown’s “Prime Time Sports. Mike landed with New York’s WFAN in 2004 as the evening producer and game-day radio producer for the N.Y. Giants. Damergis earned a master’s degree in journalism from Iona College and published a book about the USFL. Damergis spent five years in satellite radio, including an extensive run as the morning show producer for XM Radio’s “Baseball This Morning” with Buck Martinez, Mark Patrick and Orestes Destrade. . You may contact Mike directly @


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