List of New York Giants seasons

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MetLife Stadium, the current home stadium of the New York Giants.

The New York Giants are an American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They are a member of the National Football League (NFL) and play in the NFL's National Football Conference (NFC) East Division. In 89 completed seasons, the franchise has won eight NFL championships, including four Super Bowl victories. The Giants have won more than 600 games and appeared in the NFL playoffs 31 times.[1] Though the Giants play home games in East Rutherford, they draw fans from throughout the New York metropolitan area.[2] In 2010, the team began playing in MetLife Stadium, formerly New Meadowlands Stadium.[3][4]

After Tim Mara paid $500 for the franchise,[5] the Giants joined the NFL in the 1925 season and won their first championship two years later. In 1934, the team won its second title, defeating the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship Game. The Giants won another championship four years later, and made four appearances in the NFL Championship Game from 1939 to 1946, losing each time. New York won its fourth NFL title in 1956, with a 47–7 win over the Bears in the championship game. From 1958 to 1963, the Giants reached the NFL Championship Game five times, but were defeated on each occasion. Following the 1963 season, the franchise did not return to the playoffs until 1981, and finished with more losses than wins 12 times in 17 years.

Thirty years after the team's previous NFL title, the Giants were victorious in Super Bowl XXI, winning against the Denver Broncos 39–20 to end the 1986 season. The Giants won their second Super Bowl four years later, defeating the Buffalo Bills 20–19 in Super Bowl XXV. In the 2000 season, New York returned to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34–7. The 2007 season saw the Giants win their seventh NFL championship at Super Bowl XLII, where they defeated the previously unbeaten New England Patriots 17–14 in a game that is widely considered to be one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.[6][7] The Giants made four consecutive appearances in the playoffs from 2005 to 2008, before an 8–8 record in 2009 caused them to miss the postseason. After missing the playoffs in 2010, they defeated the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 playoffs to reach Super Bowl XLVI, where they defeated the Patriots 21–17. In the most recent season, 2013, the Giants finished 7–9 and did not reach the playoffs.

Table key[edit]

A man in a blue shirt with gray, white, and black stripes, wearing a black baseball cap.
Linebacker Lawrence Taylor helped the Giants win two Super Bowls and was the 1986 NFL Most Valuable Player.
BBA Bert Bell Award
Finish Final position in league, division, or conference
Losses Number of regular season losses
NFC POY United Press International NFC Player of the Year
NFL COY National Football League Coach of the Year Award
NFL CPOY National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award
NFL DPOY National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award
NFL DROY National Football League Defensive Rookie of the Year Award
NFL MVP National Football League Most Valuable Player Award
OT Game was decided in overtime
Pro Bowl MVP Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player Award
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season
Super Bowl MVP Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award
Team Each year is linked to an article about that particular Giants season
Ties Number of regular season ties
UPI NFC ROY UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year
Wins Number of regular season wins


Seasons[edit]

NFL champions (1920–1969) NFL champions Super Bowl champions (1966–present) Super Bowl champions Conference champions * Division champions + Wild Card berth # One-game playoff berth ^
New York Giants yearly win–loss records, with division standings, playoff results, and award winners
Season Team League Conference Division Finish Wins Losses Ties Postseason results Awards
1925 1925 NFL 4th 8 4 0
1926 1926 NFL 7th 8 4 1
1927 1927 NFL NFL champions 1st NFL champions 11 1 1 Named NFL Champions[A] NFL champions
1928 1928 NFL 6th 4 7 2
1929 1929 NFL 2nd 13 1 1
1930 1930 NFL 2nd 13 4 0
1931 1931 NFL 5th 7 6 1
1932 1932 NFL 5th 4 6 2
1933 1933 NFL East[B] + 1st 11 3 0 Lost NFL Championship (Chicago Bears) 23–21
1934 1934 NFL NFL champions East + 1st 8 5 0 Won NFL Championship (Chicago Bears) 30–13 NFL champions
1935 1935 NFL East + 1st 9 3 0 Lost NFL Championship (Detroit Lions) 26–7
1936 1936 NFL East 3rd 5 6 1
1937 1937 NFL East 2nd 6 3 2
1938 1938 NFL NFL champions East + 1st 8 2 1 Won NFL Championship (Green Bay Packers) 23–17 NFL champions Mel Hein (NFL MVP)[8]
1939 1939 NFL East + 1st 9 1 1 Lost NFL Championship (Green Bay Packers) 27–0
1940 1940 NFL East 3rd 6 4 1
1941 1941 NFL East + 1st 8 3 0 Lost NFL Championship (Chicago Bears) 37–9
1942 1942 NFL East 3rd 5 5 1
1943 1943 NFL East 2nd ^ 6 3 1 Lost Divisional Playoff (Washington Redskins) 28–0
1944 1944 NFL East + 1st 8 1 1 Lost NFL Championship (Green Bay Packers) 14–7
1945 1945 NFL East T-3rd 3 6 1
1946 1946 NFL East + 1st 7 3 1 Lost NFL Championship (Chicago Bears) 24–14
1947 1947 NFL East 5th 2 8 2
1948 1948 NFL East T-3rd 4 8 0
1949 1949 NFL East 3rd 6 6 0
1950 1950 NFL American[C] 2nd ^ 10 2 0 Lost Conference Playoff (Cleveland Browns) 8–3
1951 1951 NFL American 2nd 9 2 1
1952 1952 NFL American T-2nd 7 5 0
1953 1953 NFL Eastern 5th 3 9 0
1954 1954 NFL Eastern 3rd 7 5 0
1955 1955 NFL Eastern 3rd 6 5 1
1956 1956 NFL NFL champions Eastern * 1st 8 3 1 Won NFL Championship (Chicago Bears) 47–7 NFL champions Frank Gifford (NFL MVP)[9]
1957 1957 NFL Eastern 2nd 7 5 0
1958 1958 NFL Eastern * 1st ^ 9 3 0 Won Divisional Playoff (Cleveland Browns) 10–0
Lost NFL Championship (Baltimore Colts) 23–17 OT[10][D]
Frank Gifford (Pro Bowl MVP)[11]
1959 1959 NFL Eastern * 1st 10 2 0 Lost NFL Championship (Baltimore Colts) 31–16
1960 1960 NFL Eastern 3rd 6 4 2 Sam Huff (Pro Bowl MVP)[11]
1961 1961 NFL Eastern * 1st 10 3 1 Lost NFL Championship (Green Bay Packers) 37–0 Allie Sherman (NFL COY)[12]
1962 1962 NFL Eastern * 1st 12 2 0 Lost NFL Championship (Green Bay Packers) 16–7 Y. A. Tittle (NFL MVP)[13]
Allie Sherman (NFL COY)[12]
Andy Robustelli (BBA)[14]
1963 1963 NFL Eastern * 1st 11 3 0 Lost NFL Championship (Chicago Bears) 14–10 Y. A. Tittle (NFL MVP)[13]
1964 1964 NFL Eastern 7th 2 10 2
1965 1965 NFL Eastern T-2nd 7 7 0
1966 1966 NFL Eastern 8th 1 12 1
1967 1967 NFL Eastern Century 2nd 7 7 0
1968 1968 NFL Eastern Capitol 2nd 7 7 0
1969 1969 NFL Eastern Century 2nd 6 8 0
1970 1970 NFL NFC East 2nd 9 5 0 Alex Webster (NFL COY)[15]
1971 1971 NFL NFC East 5th 4 10 0
1972 1972 NFL NFC East 3rd 8 6 0
1973 1973 NFL NFC East 5th 2 11 1
1974 1974 NFL NFC East 5th 2 12 0 John Hicks (UPI NFC ROY)[16]
1975 1975 NFL NFC East 4th 5 9 0
1976 1976 NFL NFC East 5th 3 11 0
1977 1977 NFL NFC East 5th 5 9 0
1978[E] 1978 NFL NFC East 5th 6 10 0
1979 1979 NFL NFC East 4th 6 10 0
1980 1980 NFL NFC East 5th 4 12 0
1981 1981 NFL NFC East 3rd # 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Philadelphia Eagles) 27–21
Lost Divisional Playoffs (San Francisco 49ers) 38–24
Lawrence Taylor (NFL DPOY/NFL DROY)[17]
1982[F] 1982 NFL NFC 10th 4 5 0 Lawrence Taylor (NFL DPOY)[17]
1983 1983 NFL NFC East 5th 3 12 1 Lawrence Taylor (NFC POY)[18]
1984 1984 NFL NFC East 2nd # 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Los Angeles Rams) 16–13
Lost Divisional Playoffs (San Francisco 49ers) 21–10
1985 1985 NFL NFC East 2nd[G] # 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (San Francisco 49ers) 17–3
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Chicago Bears) 21–0
Phil Simms (Pro Bowl MVP)[11]
1986 1986 NFL Super Bowl champions NFC * East + 1st 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (San Francisco 49ers) 49–3
Won Conference Championship (Washington Redskins) 17–0
Won Super Bowl XXI (Denver Broncos) 39–20 Super Bowl champions
Lawrence Taylor (NFL MVP/NFC POY/NFL DPOY/BBA)[17][18]
Bill Parcells (NFL COY)[12]
Phil Simms (Super Bowl XXI MVP)[19]
1987[H] 1987 NFL NFC East 5th 6 9 0
1988 1988 NFL NFC East 2nd[I] 10 6 0
1989 1989 NFL NFC East + 1st 12 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Los Angeles Rams) 19–13 OT[20] Ottis Anderson (NFL CPOY)[21]
1990 1990 NFL Super Bowl champions NFC * East + 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Chicago Bears) 31–3
Won Conference Championship (San Francisco 49ers) 15–13
Won Super Bowl XXV (Buffalo Bills) 20–19 Super Bowl champions
Ottis Anderson (Super Bowl XXV MVP)[22]
1991 1991 NFL NFC East 4th 8 8 0
1992 1992 NFL NFC East 4th 6 10 0
1993 1993 NFL NFC East 2nd # 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Minnesota Vikings) 17–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (San Francisco 49ers) 44–3
Dan Reeves (NFL COY)[12]
1994 1994 NFL NFC East 2nd 9 7 0
1995 1995 NFL NFC East 4th 5 11 0
1996 1996 NFL NFC East 5th 6 10 0
1997 1997 NFL NFC East + 1st 10 5 1 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Minnesota Vikings) 23–22 Jim Fassel (NFL COY)[12]
1998 1998 NFL NFC East 3rd 8 8 0
1999 1999 NFL NFC East 3rd 7 9 0
2000 2000 NFL NFC * East + 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Philadelphia Eagles) 20–10
Won Conference Championship (Minnesota Vikings) 41–0
Lost Super Bowl XXXV (Baltimore Ravens) 34–7
2001 2001 NFL NFC East 3rd 7 9 0 Michael Strahan (NFL DPOY)[23]
2002 2002 NFL NFC East 2nd # 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (San Francisco 49ers) 39–38
2003 2003 NFL NFC East 4th 4 12 0
2004 2004 NFL NFC East 2nd 6 10 0
2005 2005 NFL NFC East + 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Carolina Panthers) 23–0
2006 2006 NFL NFC East 3rd # 8 8 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Philadelphia Eagles) 23–20
2007 2007 NFL Super Bowl champions NFC * East 2nd # 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 24–14
Won Divisional Playoffs (Dallas Cowboys) 21–17
Won Conference Championship (Green Bay Packers) 23–20 OT[24]
Won Super Bowl XLII (New England Patriots) 17–14 Super Bowl champions
Eli Manning (Super Bowl XLII MVP)[7]
2008 2008 NFL NFC East + 1st 12 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Philadelphia Eagles) 23–11
2009 2009 NFL NFC East 3rd 8 8 0
2010 2010 NFL NFC East 2nd 10 6 0
2011 2011 NFL Super Bowl champions NFC * East + 1st 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Atlanta Falcons) 24–2
Won Divisional Playoffs (Green Bay Packers) 37–20
Won Conference Championship (San Francisco 49ers) 20–17 OT
Won Super Bowl XLVI (New England Patriots) 21–17 Super Bowl champions
Eli Manning (Super Bowl XLVI MVP)[25]
2012 2012 NFL NFC East 2nd 9 7 0
2013 2013 NFL NFC East 3rd 7 9 0
2014 2014 NFL NFC East 3rd 3 7 0

Statistics above are current as of November 16, 2014. An em dash (—) indicates that the category is not applicable.

All-time records[edit]

New York Giants all-time win–loss records
Statistic Wins Losses Ties Win %
New York Giants regular season record 661 547 33 .546
New York Giants postseason record 24 24 .500
All-time regular and postseason record 685 571 33 .544

Notes[edit]

  • A The NFL did not hold playoff games until 1932. The team that finished with the best regular season record was awarded the league championship.[26]
  • B In 1933, the league split into East and West divisions.[26]
  • C In 1950, the league switched to American and National conferences.[27]
  • D This was the first championship game in NFL history where an overtime period was played, and has been nicknamed "The Greatest Game Ever Played".[10][28]
  • E In 1978, the NFL expanded its regular season schedule, which had been 14 games since 1961, to 16 games.[29]
  • F Due to the 1982 NFL strike, the league was split into two conferences, instead of its usual divisional alignment. The season was shortened to nine games, and the top eight teams in each conference earned berths in an expanded 16-team playoff tournament.[30]
  • G The Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins finished the 1985 season with identical 10–6 records. Dallas was awarded the NFC East title because they had the best head-to-head record among the three teams. The Giants were awarded a wild card berth because of their record in NFC play, while Washington did not qualify for the playoffs due to a head-to-head loss against the San Francisco 49ers, who also finished 10–6.[31]
  • H The 1987 NFL strike caused the schedule to be reduced to 15 games.[32]
  • I The Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams (NFC West), and New Orleans Saints (NFC West) finished the 1988 season with identical 10–6 records. Philadelphia was awarded the NFC East title due to a head-to-head sweep of the Giants in regular season play, while Los Angeles was awarded a wild card berth based on winning percentage in NFC play. The Giants and Saints did not qualify for the playoffs.[33]

References[edit]

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