1978 New York Giants season

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1978 New York Giants season
Head coach John McVay
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1977 1979 >

The 1978 New York Giants season was the 54th season for the club in the National Football League.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season[edit]

The Miracle at the Meadowlands is the term used by sportscasters and Philadelphia Eagles fans for a fumble recovery by cornerback Herman Edwards that he returned for a touchdown at the end of a November 19, 1978 NFL game against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium. It was seen as miraculous because it occurred at a point in the game when the Giants were easily capable of running out the game's final seconds. The Giants had the ball, and the Eagles had no timeouts left. Everyone watching expected quarterback Joe Pisarcik to take one more snap and kneel with the ball, thus running out the clock and preserving a 17–12 Giant upset. Instead, he attempted to hand it off to fullback Larry Csonka and botched it, allowing Edwards to pick up the ball and run 26 yards for the winning score.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–13
67,456
2 September 10, 1978 Dallas Cowboys L 34–24
73,265
3 September 17, 1978 Kansas City Chiefs W 26–10
70,546
4 September 24, 1978 San Francisco 49ers W 27–10
71,536
5 October 1, 1978 at Atlanta Falcons L 23–20
47,765
6 October 8, 1978 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–3
63,420
7 October 15, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–14
68,025
8 October 22, 1978 Washington Redskins W 17–6
76,192
9 October 29, 1978 at New Orleans Saints L 28–17
59,807
10 November 5, 1978 at St. Louis Cardinals L 20–10
48,820
11 November 12, 1978 at Washington Redskins L 16–13
53,271
12 November 19, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles L 19–17
70,318
13 November 26, 1978 at Buffalo Bills L 41–17
28,496
14 December 3, 1978 Los Angeles Rams L 20–17
62,629
15 December 10, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–0
52,226
16 December 17, 1978 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–3
56,396

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Dallas Cowboys(2) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 9–3 384 208
Philadelphia Eagles(5) 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 270 250
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 273 283
St. Louis Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 3–5 6–6 248 296
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 2–6 5–9 264 298

Roster[edit]

1978 New York Giants Team Starters
Offense
9 Joe Pisarcik       QB
44 Doug Kotar        RB
39 Larry Csonka      FB
85 Jim Robinson      WR
86 Johnny Perkins    WR
84 Al Dixon          TE
71 Gordon Gravelle   LT
63 Doug Van Horn     LG
56 Jim Clack         C
68 J.T. Turner       RG
62 Ron Mikolajczyk   RT
Defense
75 George Martin     LDE
64 John Mendenhall   NT
77 Troy Archer       LDT
81 Jack Gregory      RDE
10 Brad Van Pelt     LB
53 Harry Carson      LB
55 Brian Kelley      LB
24 Terry Jackson     LCB
22 Ray Rhodes        RCB
28 Beasley Reece     SS
31 Ernie Jones       FS
Kicking Team
18 Joe Danelo       K
13 Dave Jennings    P
33 Bobby Hammond    RB/PR
82 Ernest Pough     WR/KR

Awards and honors[edit]

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