Giants win in first-ever ‘Sunday Night Football’ game on ESPN

This week in 1987, the New York Giants hosted the New England Patriots in the first-ever “Sunday Night Football” game on ESPN.

The game kicked off at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 8, with the broadcast team of Mike Patrick, Roy Firestone and Larry Csonka, plus Chris Berman in the studio.

The Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions, entered the game at 1-6 after opening the season with five straight losses – three of those that came during the three-week player strike, during which replacement players have been used.

The Patriots entered the game at 4-3 and were on course to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season under head coach Raymond Berry.

In the game, the Giants took a 14-0 halftime lead and then led 17-7 after three quarters. Future Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor recorded two sacks and intercepted Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan at the New York 15-yard line with just over a minute remaining in regulation to secure a 17-10 victory for the Giants.

The Giants finished the season at 6-9 and out of the playoffs. Many blamed their lack of preparation during the three game stoppage for the lost season.

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