1987 New York Giants season

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1987 New York Giants season
Head coach Bill Parcells
General manager George Young
Owner Wellington Mara
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 6–9
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers LB Lawrence Taylor

The 1987 New York Giants season was the 63rd season for the club in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants entered the season as the defending Super Bowl champion but failed to qualify for the playoffs. They were the sixth team in NFL history to enter a season as the defending Super Bowl champion and miss the playoffs.[1] The Giants started the season 0-5, becoming the first Super Bowl champion to lose their first 5 games. Ultimately, the Giants never recovered from their 0-5 start, and fell to 6-9 and miss the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

1987 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 28 Mark Ingram  WR Michigan State
2 55 Adrian White  DB Florida
3 83 Stephen Baker  WR Fresno State
4 112 Odessa Turner  WR Northwest State
4 Supp. Rod Randle  DB Southern Arkansas
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 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]

1987 New York Giants roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Giants points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 14 at Chicago Bears Loss 19 34 0–1
65,704
2 Sept. 20 Dallas Cowboys Loss 14 16 0–2
73,426
Sept. 27 at Miami Dolphins Canceled 0–2
3 Oct. 5 San Francisco 49ers Loss 21 41 0–3
16,471
4 Oct. 11 Washington Redskins Loss 12 38 0–4
9,123
5 Oct. 18 at Buffalo Bills Loss (OT) 3 6 0–5
15,737
6 Oct. 25 St. Louis Cardinals Win 30 7 1–5
74,391
7 Nov. 2 at Dallas Cowboys Loss 24 33 1–6
55,730
8 Nov. 8 New England Patriots Win 17 10 2–6
73,817
9 Nov. 15 at Philadelphia Eagles Win 20 17 3–6
66,172
10 Nov. 22 at New Orleans Saints Loss 14 23 3–7
67,639
11 Nov. 29 at Washington Redskins Loss 19 23 3–8
45,815
12 Dec. 6 Philadelphia Eagles Win (OT) 23 20 4–8
65,874
13 Dec. 13 at St. Louis Cardinals Loss 24 27 4–9
29,623
14 Dec. 19 Green Bay Packers Win 20 10 5–9
51,013
15 Dec. 27 New York Jets Win 20 7 6–9
68,318

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Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 7 066 19
• Bears 3 71410 34

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Week 2[edit]

1 234Total
• Cowboys 3 733 16
Giants 7 070 14

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Week 3[edit]

1 234Total
• 49ers 3 141014 41
Giants 0 7014 21

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Week 4[edit]

1 234Total
• Redskins 3 2177 38
Giants 3 090 12

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Week 5[edit]

1 234OTTotal
Giants 0 0300 3
• Bills 0 0033 6

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Week 6[edit]

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 007 7
• Giants 14 3310 30

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Week 7[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 0 1077 24
• Cowboys 7 7019 33

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Week 8[edit]

1 234Total
Patriots 0 073 10
• Giants 0 1430 17

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Week 9[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 7 373 20
Eagles 10 070 17

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Week 10[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 0 770 14
• Saints 3 10010 23

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Week 11[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 10 630 19
• Redskins 0 0914 23

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Week 12[edit]

1 234OTTotal
Eagles 0 60140 20
• Giants 7 0673 23

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Week 13[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 7 377 24
• Cardinals 14 1300 27

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Week 14[edit]

1 234Total
Packers 0 037 10
• Giants 0 1370 20

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Week 15[edit]

1 234Total
Jets 7 000 7
• Giants 0 1730 20

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Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(3) 11 4 0 .733 7–1 9–3 379 285 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 8 0 .467 4–4 5–7 340 348 W2
St. Louis Cardinals 7 8 0 .467 3–5 7–7 362 368 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 0 .467 3–5 4–7 337 380 W2
New York Giants 6 9 0 .400 3–5 4–8 280 312 W2

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Lawrence Taylor, NFC Pro Bowl selection[19]
  • Lawrence Taylor, Pro Football Weekly: 1st team all-conf.[19]
  • Lawrence Taylor, UPI: 2nd team all-conf.[19]
  • Lawrence Taylor, Associated Press: 2nd team all-NFL[19]
  • Lawrence Taylor, Pro Football Weekly: 1st team all-NFL[19]

References[edit]

External links[edit]