1992 New York Giants season

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1992 New York Giants season
Head coach Ray Handley
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 4th in NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1991 1993 >

The 1992 New York Giants season was the 68th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division with a 6–10 record.[1] Head coach Ray Handley was fired after this season,[2] when the Giants finished 1–6 after starting the season 5–4.[1]

Injuries helped to mar the Giants' season. Starting quarterback Phil Simms, who had regained the position after spending most of 1991 at second string behind Jeff Hostetler, suffered a severe elbow injury in week 4 and did not return. Hostetler returned to the starting lineup after Simms' injury before he too would be lost due to a concussion suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles.[3][4] The Giants were then forced to turn to a pair of rookies, Kent Graham and Dave Brown, but Graham suffered from elbow and shoulder problems, and Brown suffered a broken right thumb.[5][6] Hostetler returned for the final two games of the season, a win over the Kansas City Chiefs and a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.[4][7]

Perhaps the most catastrophic injury was the torn Achilles' tendon suffered by future Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in Week 10,[8] as the Giants only won once more after the injury.[1] It was the second consecutive year that an injury to Taylor ended his season prematurely (a sprained knee in Week 13 of the 1991 season forced Taylor to miss the final game of the regular season and a previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals).[9][10][11]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1992 San Francisco 49ers L 31–14
74,519
2 September 13, 1992 Dallas Cowboys L 34–28
76,430
3 September 21, 1992 at Chicago Bears W 27–14
63,444
4 Bye
5 October 4, 1992 at Los Angeles Raiders L 13–10
43,103
6 October 11, 1992 Phoenix Cardinals W 31–21
70,042
7 October 18, 1992 at Los Angeles Rams L 38–17
53,541
8 October 25, 1992 Seattle Seahawks W 23–10
67,399
9 November 1, 1992 at Washington Redskins W 24–7
53,647
10 November 8, 1992 Green Bay Packers W 27–7
72,038
11 November 15, 1992 at Denver Broncos L 27–13
75,269
12 November 22, 1992 Philadelphia Eagles L 47–34
68,153
13 November 26, 1992 at Dallas Cowboys L 30–3
62,416
14 December 6, 1992 Washington Redskins L 28–10
62,998
15 December 12, 1992 at Phoenix Cardinals L 19–0
28,452
16 December 19, 1992 Kansas City Chiefs W 35–21
53,428
17 December 27, 1992 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–10
64,266

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 .813 409 243
Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 354 245
Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 300 255
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 306 367
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 243 332

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1992 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ Litsky, Frank (December 31, 1992). "Pro Football; Handley's Unhappy Reign Is Brought to an End". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. pp. 269–270. ISBN 1-57243-641-7. 
  4. ^ a b Litsky, Frank (December 20, 1992). "Pro Football; Hostetler Does His Part, and More". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Litsky, Frank (December 16, 1992). "Pro Football; Optimistic Hostetler Returns to Practice". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ Litsky, Frank (October 17, 1992). "Pro Football: Giants Notebook; For Simms, Next Year Is Too Far Downfield". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ Litsky, Frank (December 28, 1992). "Pro Football; Exit Losing". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Litsky, Frank (November 10, 1992). "Pro Football; Successors Are Sought to an Irreplaceable Giant". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bored Taylor practices again". Hudson Valley News. Associated Press. December 4, 1991. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Litsky, Frank (December 21, 1991). "Football; Today, the Motivated vs. the Moribund". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Oilers–Giants notes". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. December 22, 1991. Retrieved May 1, 2011.