2000 New York Giants season

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2000 New York Giants season
Head coach Jim Fassel
General manager Ernie Accorsi
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs
(Eagles) 20–10
Won NFC Championship
(Vikings) 41–0
Lost Super Bowl XXXV
(Ravens) 34–7
Pro Bowlers 2

The 2000 New York Giants season was the 76th season the Giants have played football as a professional ball club in the National Football League (NFL). The team started the new millennium very impressively. The team finished 12-4 and played great football throughout the playoffs until the Super Bowl, where they were beaten by the mighty Raven defense.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2000 NFL Draft
2000 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Ron Dayne  RB Wisconsin
2 42 Cornelius Griffin  DT Alabama
3 73 Ron Dixon  WR Lambuth
4 105 Brandon Short  LB Penn State
5 140 Ralph Brown  DB Nebraska
6 177 Dhani Jones  LB Michigan
7 217 Jeremiah Parker  DE California
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

2000 New York Giants final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Giants points Opponents Record
1 August 5 Chicago Bears Loss 8 20 0–1
2 August 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars Loss 13 16 0–2
3 August 18 at New York Jets Loss 24 27 0–3
4 August 25 Baltimore Ravens Loss 17 24 0–4

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Regular season[edit]

The Giants began the 2000 season hoping to get over the hump of coming short during their past two seasons. They would go on to finish the year with a 12–4 record and represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXV.

With revived quarterback Kerry Collins the passing game improved from a previously mediocre attack. The running game averaged 256.5 yards per game and became known as the “thunder and lightning" backfield with Ron Dayne and Tiki Barber. The defense allowed just 246 points, with its greatest strength being against the run allowing a second best 3.2 yards per carry.

Early in the season the Giants’ record stood at 7–2 and coming off two double digit wins, before they lost two straight home games to decline to 7–4. That was when Head Coach Jim Fassel made a bold move and publicly stated in the postgame press conference: "This team is going to the playoffs". This became the defining moment of the season, and the Giants won their next five games to become the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Channel Attendance Record
1 September 3, 2000 Arizona Cardinals W 21–16 FOX 4:15
77,434
1-0
2 September 10, 2000 at Philadelphia Eagles W 33–18 FOX 4:15
65,530
2-0
3 September 17, 2000 at Chicago Bears W 14–7 FOX 1:00
66,944
3-0
4 September 24, 2000 Washington Redskins L 6–16 FOX 4:15
78,216
3-1
5 October 1, 2000 at Tennessee Titans L 14–28 FOX 1:00
68,341
3-2
6 October 8, 2000 at Atlanta Falcons W 13–6 FOX 1:00
50,947
4-2
7 October 15, 2000 Dallas Cowboys W 19–14 FOX 1:00
78,189
5-2
8 Bye
9 October 29, 2000 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–7 FOX 4:05
78,087
6-2
10 November 5, 2000 at Cleveland Browns W 24–3 FOX 1:00
72,718
7-2
11 November 12, 2000 St. Louis Rams L 24–38 FOX 1:00
78,174
7-3
12 November 19, 2000 Detroit Lions L 21–31 FOX 1:00
77,897
7-4
13 November 26, 2000 at Arizona Cardinals W 31–7 ESPN 8:30
42,094
8-4
14 December 3, 2000 at Washington Redskins W 9–7 FOX 1:00
83,485
9-4
15 December 10, 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–10 CBS 1:00
78,164
10-4
16 December 17, 2000 at Dallas Cowboys W 17–13 ESPN 8:30
61,311
11-4
17 December 23, 2000 Jacksonville Jaguars W 28–25 CBS 1:00
77,924
12-4

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) New York Giants 12 4 0 .750 328 246 W5
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 351 245 W2
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 281 269 W1
Dallas Cowboys 5 11 0 .313 294 361 L2
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 .188 210 443 L7

Postseason[edit]

In the divisional playoffs, the Giants defeated MVP runner-up Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles 20–10, in which rookie WR Ron Dixon returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Jason Sehorn intercepted a McNabb pass for a touchdown. The win was the third by the Giants over the Eagles for the season.

In the NFC Championship against the favored Minnesota Vikings, Kerry Collins threw five TDs (including two to Ike Hilliard) as they progressed to the franchise's 3rd Super Bowl by demolishing Minnesota 41–0. Combined with the Giants only other NFC championship game played at home (1986), the Giants have outscored their two opponents 58–0 in home NFC championship games.

In the Super Bowl, playing against arguably the greatest defense in history, the Giants were dominated and lost Super Bowl XXXV 34-7 against the Baltimore Ravens. Kerry Collins threw four interceptions, including one that was returned for a TD; the Giants scored their only touchdown with a Ron Dixon 97-yd second-half kickoff return. It was the Giants' only Super Bowl loss.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Ron Stone, NFC Pro Bowl Selection [3]
  • Jessie Armstead NFC Pro Bowl selection

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 New York Giants Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 295
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362

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