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Updates

2020 Season

2020 Season Preview: Quarterback David Jones and running back Saquon Barkley will lead the Giants into battle for new coach Joe Judge. The team is rebuilding and competing at the same time, which doesn’t always go well. But if the offensive line holds together and the defense can stop the run, New York could be part of the playoff picture in the final weeks of 2020.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: The big news in New York was Eli Manning giving way to young Daniel Jones at quarterback in the season’s first month. Jones looked great at times, but the rest of the offense struggled and the defense was one of the league’s worst. Running back Saquon Barkley played hurt much of the season, and the Giants finished 4–12.

September 22, 2019: After trailing 28–10 at halftime, rookie Daniel Jones led the Giants to a 32–31 victory over the Buccaneers. It was the second-largest comeback in NFL history by a quarterback making his first start.

2019 Season Preview: Some fans are still scratching their heads over the pick of quarterback Daniel Jones in the first round. The team’s defense needed more help than it got in the draft. The offense—starring Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley—should be better with a healthy blocking line, but the defense remains a huge question mark.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The big story for the Giants in 2018 was the play of Saquon Barkley, who set team record for rookies with 1,307 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. He also set an NFL record for rookie running backs with 88 pass receptions. An injury to Odell Beckham and poor protection for quarterback Eli Manning kept the Giants from scoring as well as they should. They started the year 1–7 and finished with three losses in a row. Defensive backs Landon Collins and Janorus Jenkins were among the few bright spots on defense.

November 18, 2018: Rookie Saquon Barkley ran for 142 yards and scored three touchdowns in 38–35 win over the Buccaneers. Barkley was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

2018 Season Preview: Eli Manning is back for another season and the Giants have built a very good team around him. They will be better in pass protection and pass catching, while rookie running back Saquon Barkley is the best backfield partner Manning has had since Tiki Barber. The team’s defense depends on shutting down the run and controlling opposing passing attacks.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: On paper, the Giants looked as good as any team in the NFC. But their receivers could not stay healthy and their running backs could not carry the load by themselves. That left Eli Manning without many options, and the Giants struggled to score. The defense gave up too many big plays and the result was a 3–13 record.

November 5, 2017: Eli Manning became the fifth quarterback in history to pass for 50,000 yards.

September 24, 2017: Odell Beckham Jr. caught his 300th pass in his 45th NFL game, becoming the fastest ever to reach 300 receptions.

2017 Season Preview: Eli Manning could throw for 5,000 yards if Odell Beckham and newcomer Brandon Marshall play injury-free. With a rock-solid defense, the only thing keeping the Giants from being a Super Bowl favorite is their so-so running game.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The team’s investment in defensive players paid off, as the Giants held opponents to 20 points or less in nine of their 11 victories. Damon Harrison and Landon Collins had breakout years on defense, and Jason Pierre-Paul finally returned to full strength. New York’s running game was its big weakness, and it caught up with the club in the playoffs when they lost to the Packers in the opening round.

2016 Season Preview: With a new head coach and new talent on defense, the Giants are the favorites to win their division. Eli Manning leads an offense that features three strong receivers—Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard. The defense has nowhere to go but up after a terrible 2015.

2015 Season

2015 Season Preview: The Giants have a glamorous offense led by Eli Manning and receivers Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz. But defense wins games in the NFL, and the New York D is not what it used to be. A fireworks accident knocked Jason Pierre-Pau out for the season and there is no one to take his place.

2014 Season

January 31, 2015: Odell Beckham Jr. was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

September 1, 2014: The Giants have a new offense built around Eli Manning’s quick decision-making and accurate throws. With help from newcomer Rashad Jennings at running back, Manning should have a balanced squad to work with. On defense, the Giants needed help at defensive back and got it with the additions of cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Dominique Ridgers-Cromartie.

2013 Season

September 4, 2013: If David Wilson steps up and becomes a force at running back, the Giants could have the most explosive offense in the NFC. Eli Manning and his receivers already make up one of football’s finest passing attacks. New York’s defensive line also ranks among the best in the business. If the linebackers and defensive backs play to their potential, the Giants could be looking at a return trip to the Super Bowl.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: Three December losses cost the Giants a spot in the playoffs. They finished 9–7 for the second year in a row, but this time had no chance to defend their championship. Victor Cruz and Eli Manning had Pro Bowl seasons, but the defense came up short in key situations.

Summer, 2012: The Giants actually look stronger at the beginning of 2012 than they did at the end of their amazing Super Bowl victory. Can they win another championship? Only one team in the last 20 years has done it. Eli Manning and Big Blue will give it their best shot.

More Go-To Guys

Em Tunnell was a coach by the time I started following the Giants. But I could tell from the way my dad and uncle talked about him that he had been an amazing player. (Bowman Gum Co.)

Same deal with Rosey Brown. He was the key blocker on the Giants’ offense in the 1960s. (Topps, Inc.)

Joe Morris was small enough to squeeze through holes in the line. When there was no hole, he just jumped over everybody! (Author’s Collection)

  • Ward Cuff — Running Back
    Born: 8/12/1913
    Died: 12/24/2002
    Played for Team: 1937 to 1945
    In the days when star players were asked to do a little of everything, Ward Cuff did everything well. He was a top runner and kicker, and a good defensive player, too. Cuff helped the Giants win the championship in 1938 and was an All-Star each year from 1939 to 1941.

  • Emlen Tunnell — Defensive Back
    Born: 3/29/1925
    Died: 7/22/1975
    Played for Team: 1948 to 1958
    During the 1950s, the passing game became an important weapon for NFL teams. Emlen Tunnell was the league’s best at defending against the pass. He finished his career with 79 interceptions—a record at the time—and was the first African-Amercian player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Roosevelt Brown — Offensive Lineman
    Born: 10/20/1932
    Died: 6/9/2004
    Played for Team: 1953 to 1965
    “Rosey” Brown was one of the NFL’s biggest linemen, but also one of the quickest. He was a tremendous blocker on running plays, and he also took great pride in keeping his quarterbacks safe. Brown was picked to play in the Pro Bowl nine times from 1955 to 1965.

  • Andy Robustelli— Defensive Lineman
    Born: 12/6/1925
    Died:5/31/2011
    Played for Team: 1956 to 1964
    When Andy Robustelli joined the Giants in 1956, he was the final piece in their defensive puzzle. The team won the NFL title that year and went on to play in five more championship games during his career. Robustelli used his quickness and intelligence to become a great pass-rusher, even though most blockers outweighed him by 50 pounds or more. In 1962, he won the Bert Bell Award as the NFL’s top player.

  • Joe Morris — Running Back
    Born: 9/15/1960
    Played for Team: 1982 to 1988
    Joe Morris proved that bigger isn’t necessarily better in pro football. He led the league in touchdowns in 1985 and ran for over 300 yards in the postseason the year the Giants won the Super Bowl. Morris eventually passed Alex Webster as the team’s all-time rushing leader.Rodney Hampton and Tiki Barber eventually surpassed him.

  • Mark Bavaro — Tight End
    Born: 4/23/1963
    Played for Team: 1985 to 1990
    Few tight ends combined toughness and talent the way Mark Bavaro did. He loved to hit and get hit so much that teammates started calling him “Rambo.” He set a team record with 12 catches in a game as a rookie in 1985 and was picked to play in the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987. Bavaro’s most famous moment came after a catch against the San Francisco 49ers in 1986. It took seven tacklers to drag him to the ground.

  • Victor Cruz — Receiver
    Born: 11/11/1986
    First Year with Team: 2010
    Victor Cruz was almost cut from the Giants in 2010, but he survived to become one of their best players in 2011. He caught 82 passes and set a team record with 1,536 yards on the way to a championship season. Cruz celebrated his touchdowns with a Salsa dance.

More Fun Facts

Cheer up, Bob Tucker. You were always a Pro Bowl player in my eyes. (Giants/NFL)

  • CHANGE OF ADDRESS
    From 1973 to 1976, the Giants had four different home fields: Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium, and Giants Stadium.

  • NO RESPECT
    One of the team’s best players in the 1970s was Bob Tucker. He caught more passes in the 1970s than any other tight end in the NFL—but he never made the Pro Bowl!

  • YARD WORK
    Beginning in their first season, the Giants led the NFL in yards gained seven years in a row.

League Leaders

Eddie Price is a guy that a lot of fans don’t know about—even though he was the last Giant to lead the league in rushing. (Bowman Gum Co.)

I always wondered why someone named Homer would go into football instead of baseball. Doh! (Topps, Inc.)

With the team’s great defensive line in the early 1960s, Dick Lynch had a lot of opportunities to pick off desperate passes. (Philadelphia Gum Co.)

  • RUSHING YARDS
    1936 — Tuffy Leemans — 830
    1943 — Bill Paschal — 572
    1944 — Bill Paschal — 737
    1951 — Eddie Price — 971

  • RECEIVING YARDS
    1932 — Ray Flaherty — 350

  • PASSING YARDS
    1933 — Harry Newman — 973
    1935 — Ed Danowski — 794

  • RUSHING TDs
    1943 — Bill Paschal — 10
    1944 — Bill Paschal — 9
    1985 — Joe Morris — 21

  • RECEIVING TDs
    1932 — Ray Flaherty — 5
    1933 — Dale Burnett — 3 (tied for NFL lead)
    1933 — Kink Richards — 3 (tied for NFL lead)
    1945 — Frank Liebel — 10
    1967 — Homer Jones — 13

  • PASSING TDs
    1933 — Harry Newman — 11
    1935 — Ed Danowski — 10
    1962 — Y.A. Tittle — 33
    1963 — Y.A. Tittle — 36

  • POINTS
    1933 — Ken Strong — 64 (tied for NFL lead)
    1949 — Gene Roberts — 102 (tied for NFL lead)
    1963 — Don Chandler — 106

  • INTERCEPTIONS
    1944 — Howie Livingston — 9
    1947 — Frank Reagan — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
    1951 — Otto Schnellbacher — 11
    1958 — Jimmy Patton — 11
    1961 — Dick Lynch — 9
    1963 — Dick Lynch — 9 (tied for NFL lead)
    1968 — Willie Williams — 10

  • SACKS
    1986 — Lawrence Taylor — 20.5
    2001 — Michael Strahan — 22.5
    2003 — Michael Strahan — 18.5

Playing for the Championship

SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1933 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 23–21
1934 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Won 30–13
1935 NFL Championship Detroit Lions Lost 26–7
1938 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Won 23–17
1939 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 27–0
1941 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 37–9
1944 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 14–7
1946 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 24–14
1956 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Won 47–7
1958 NFL Championship Baltimore Colts Lost 23–17 (OT)
1959 NFL Championship Baltimore Colts Lost 31–16
1961 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 37–0
1962 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 16–7
1963 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 14–10
1986 NFC Championship Washington Redskins Won  17–0
1986 Super Bowl XXI Denver Broncos Won 39–20
1990 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Won 15–13
1990 Super Bowl XXV Buffalo Bills Won 20–19
2000 NFC Championship Minnesota Vikings Won 41–0
2000 Super Bowl XXXV Baltimore Ravens Lost 34–7
2007 NFC Championship Green Bay Packers Won 23–20 (OT)
2007 Super Bowl XLII New England Patriots Won 17–14
2011 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Won 20–17 (OT)
2011 Super Bowl XLVI New England Patriots Won 21–17

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