1985 New York Giants season

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1985 New York Giants season
Head coach Bill Parcells
General manager George Young
Owner Wellington Mara
Timothy J. Mara
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs
Timeline
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< 1984 1986 >

The 1985 New York Giants season was the 61st season for the club in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants entered the season looking to improve on their 9–7 record in 1984, which was enough to qualify the team for the playoffs as the second wild-card team, and to return to the playoffs for the second consecutive year under third-year head coach Bill Parcells. The Giants managed to do both, finishing with 10 victories for the first time since 1963 when the team won 11 games and finishing as the first wild-card team which earned the Giants a home playoff game at Giants Stadium. They defeated the San Francisco 49ers 17–3 in that game, avenging their loss to the 49ers in the previous year's divisional playoffs. However, it was as far as the Giants could get as they were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears in the divisional round at Soldier Field 21–0. Bill Parcells stated in "America's Game: 1986 Giants" that the game the Giants played against the Bears in the playoffs that "an honest evaluation of it, we could have probably beat that team one out of ten times. But that day was one of the days that that could have happened", the Giants were ultimately undone by a whiffed punt from legend Sean Landeta, the ball flew out of the air when he went to punt it from a burst of wind coming of Lake Michigan, the Bears recovered the ball for a touchdown from less than 5 yards from the end zone, and ended up winning 21-0. At the time, the team set a record for most rushing yards in one season by a Giants team.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1985 New York Giants staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Bill Belichick
  • Defensive Line – Lamar Leachman
  • Defensive Backfield – Len Fontes
  • Defensive Assistant – Mike Sweatman

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Romeo Crennel
  • Assistant Special Teams – Mike Sweatman

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Johnny Parker

Roster[edit]

1985 New York Giants roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

[1]

Regular season[edit]

In a game against the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann's career ended on November 18, 1985, when he suffered a gruesome comminuted compound fracture of his leg while being sacked by New York Giants linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson during a Monday Night Football game telecast. The injury was voted the NFL's "Most Shocking Moment in History" by viewers in an ESPN poll, and the tackle was dubbed "The Hit That No One Who Saw It Can Ever Forget" by The Washington Post.[2]

At the time, the Redskins had been attempting to run a "flea-flicker" play. The Giants' defense, however, was not fooled, and they tried to blitz Theismann. Taylor sandwiched Theismann into Carson and inadvertently landed his hip on Theismann's lower right leg, fracturing both the tibia and the fibula.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 Philadelphia Eagles W 21–0
76,141
2 September 15, 1985 at Green Bay Packers L 23–20
56,145
3 September 22, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals W 27–17
74,987
4 September 29, 1985 at Philadelphia Eagles W 16–10
66,696
5 October 6, 1985 Dallas Cowboys L 30–29
74,981
6 October 13, 1985 at Cincinnati Bengals L 35–30
53,112
7 October 20, 1985 Washington Redskins W 17–3
74,389
8 October 27, 1985 at New Orleans Saints W 21–13
54,082
9 November 3, 1985 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 22–20
72,031
10 November 10, 1985 Los Angeles Rams W 24–19
74,663
11 November 18, 1985 at Washington Redskins L 23–21
53,371
12 November 24, 1985 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–3
41,248
13 December 1, 1985 Cleveland Browns L 35–33
66,482
14 December 8, 1985 at Houston Oilers W 35–14
36,576
15 December 15, 1985 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–21
62,310
16 December 21, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–10
66,785

Results[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
• Giants 14 0 0 7 21

[3]


Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 6 7 7 20
• Packers 10 7 0 6 23

[4]


Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 3 0 7 17
• Giants 7 3 10 7 27

[5]


Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
• Giants 0 0 10 0 6 16
Eagles 0 0 3 7 0 10

[6]


Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Cowboys 7 7 7 9 30
Giants 3 3 20 3 29

[7]


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 3 17 10 30
• Bengals 14 7 7 7 35

[8]


Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 3 3
• Giants 0 7 7 3 17

[9]


Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Giants 0 7 0 14 21
Saints 3 0 0 10 13

[10]


Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 10 0 7 20
• Giants 3 3 10 6 22

[11]


Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 6 3 3 19
• Giants 0 7 10 7 24

[12]


Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 0 14 0 21
• Redskins 7 0 7 9 23


Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Giants 0 10 10 14 34
Cardinals 3 0 0 0 3

[13]


Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Browns 7 14 0 14 35
Giants 7 13 3 10 33

[14]


Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Giants 14 21 0 0 35
Oilers 0 14 0 0 14

[15]


Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 14 0 7 21
• Cowboys 7 14 0 7 28

[16]


Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 7 0 10
• Giants 7 21 0 0 28

[17]


Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Dallas Cowboys(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 7–5 357 333
New York Giants(4) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 399 283
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 4–4 6–6 297 312
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–8 286 310
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–7 3–9 278 414

Playoffs[edit]

Wild Card[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 3 0 0 3
• Giants 3 7 7 0 17

Even though the 49ers recorded 362 yards of total offense, with receiver Dwight Clark catching 8 passes for 120 yards, the Giants limited San Francisco to only one field goal. Meanwhile, New York running back Joe Morris rushed for 141 yards.


Divisional[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 0 0
• Bears 7 0 14 0 21

The Giants lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears.


Awards and honors[edit]

  • Phil Simms, Pro Bowl MVP [18]

References[edit]

External links[edit]