1981 New York Giants season

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1981 New York Giants season
Head coach Ray Perkins
General manager George Young
Owner Timothy J. Mara
Wellington Mara
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 27–21
Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 38–24
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1980 1982 >

The 1981 New York Giants season was the 57th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 18 years with a 9–7 record,[1] which placed them third in the National Football Conference East Division.[2] The Giants qualified for the postseason thanks to an overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the last game of the season, coupled with a loss by the Green Bay Packers.[3] In the Wild Card playoffs, the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27–21 in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. New York's season ended with a 38–24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional round.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–10
72,459
2 September 13, 1981 at Washington Redskins W 17–7
53,343
3 September 20, 1981 New Orleans Saints W 20–7
69,814
4 September 27, 1981 at Dallas Cowboys L 18–10
63,449
5 October 4, 1981 Green Bay Packers L 27–14
73,684
6 October 11, 1981 St. Louis Cardinals W 34–14
67,128
7 October 18, 1981 at Seattle Seahawks W 32–0
56,134
8 October 25, 1981 at Atlanta Falcons W 27–24
48,410
9 November 1, 1981 New York Jets L 26–7
74,740
10 November 8, 1981 at Green Bay Packers L 26–24
54,138
11 November 15, 1981 Washington Redskins L 30–27
63,133
12 November 22, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–10
66,827
13 November 29, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–10
57,186
14 December 6, 1981 Los Angeles Rams W 10–7
59,659
15 December 13, 1981 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–10
47,358
16 December 19, 1981 Dallas Cowboys W 13–10
73,009

Game summaries[edit]

Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Giants 7 3 7 3 20
Cardinals 3 0 0 7 10

[4]



Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 0 0 0 10 0 10
Giants 0 0 7 3 3 13

[5]


Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 27, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–21
71,611
Divisional January 3, 1982 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–24
58,360

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Dallas Cowboys(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 8–4 367 277
Philadelphia Eagles(4) 10 6 0 .625 4–4 7–5 368 221
New York Giants(5) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–6 295 257
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 3–5 6–6 347 349
St. Louis Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 2–6 4–8 315 408

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Giants Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "1981 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. pp. 195–196. ISBN 1-57243-641-7. 
  4. ^ "New York Giants 20 at St. Louis Cardinals 10". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dallas Cowboys 10 at New York Giants 13". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved July 21, 2013.