1966 New York Giants season

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1966 New York Giants season
Head coach Allie Sherman
Owner Wellington Mara
Home field Yankee Stadium
Results
Record 1–12–1
Division place 8th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1966 New York Giants season was the 42nd season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants finished in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 1–12–1 record, the worst in franchise history.[1][2]

The 1966 Giants surrendered the most points in NFL history for a 14-game season.[3][4] They allowed 501 points in 14 games, or an average of 35.8 points per game.[2] This total broke the league record for the most points given up in a season.[5] The next most points allowed by a Giants team was 427 in the 2009 season, which was 16 games.[2] The Giants allowed opponents to score more than 30 points in eight of the 14 games, and gave up over 50 points three times.[1] They are the only team in history to give up 500 points in a 14-game season.[3][4]

On November 27, the Giants played the highest-scoring game in NFL history, losing to the Washington Redskins, 72–41.[6] It was the first of three straight games in which the Giants gave up more than 45 points; they allowed 49 points against the Cleveland Browns and 47 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 11 at Pittsburgh Steelers T 34–34 0–0–1
37,693
2 September 18 at Dallas Cowboys L 52–7 0–1–1
60,010
3 September 25 at Philadelphia Eagles L 35–17 0–2–1
60,177
4 October 2 Cleveland Browns L 28–7 0–3–1
62,916
5 October 9 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–19 0–4–1
43,893
6 October 16 Washington Redskins W 13–10 1–4–1
62,865
7 October 23 Philadelphia Eagles L 31–3 1–5–1
63,018
8 October 30 Bye
9 November 6 St. Louis Cardinals L 20–17 1–6–1
62,967
10 November 13 at Los Angeles Rams L 55–14 1–7–1
34,746
11 November 20 Atlanta Falcons L 27–16 1–8–1
62,746
12 November 27 at Washington Redskins L 72–41 1–9–1
50,439
13 December 4 at Cleveland Browns L 49–40 1–10–1
61,651
14 December 11 Pittsburgh Steelers L 47–28 1–11–1
62,658
15 December 18 Dallas Cowboys L 17–7 1–12–1
62,735

With the addition of the expansion Atlanta Falcons, the NFL had an odd number (15) of teams.[7] This necessitated the use of bye weeks. The Giants received the most centrally located bye, in Week 8, thus perfectly dividing their season into two 7-game halves. They lost all seven games after the break.[1] (In contrast, the expansion Falcons were 0–8 before they got their bye in Week 9, but 3–3 afterwards.)[8]

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 10 0 17 34
Steelers 7 7 17 3 34

[9]

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 3 1 .769 9–3–1 445 239 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 9 5 0 .643 8–5 326 340 W4
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 9–4 403 259 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 7–5–1 264 265 L3
Washington Redskins 7 7 0 .500 7–6 351 355 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 8 1 .385 4–8–1 316 347 W2
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 2–5 204 437 L1
New York Giants 1 12 1 .077 1–11–1 263 501 L8

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "1966 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "New York Giants Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Team Game Finder Query Results: In a single season, from 1960 to 1977, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points Allowed". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Pasquarelli, Len (May 18, 2009). "Schedule expansion gaining momentum". ESPN. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago, Illinois: Triumph Books. p. 143. ISBN 1-57243-641-7. 
  6. ^ "Redskins Set Mark In 72–41 Win Over Giants". Park City Daily News. Associated Press. November 25, 1966. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Atlanta Falcons: Team History". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ "1966 Atlanta Falcons". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ "New York Giants 34 at Pittsburgh Steelers 34". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved September 15, 2014.