American Football Database
1970 New York Giants season
Head Coach Alex Webster
Home Field Yankee Stadium
Record 9–5
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1969 1971

The 1970 New York Giants was the 46th season for the professional American football franchise. This was the first season for the Giants after the AFL-NFL merger, in which ten American Football League teams joined the National Football League. The team was led by second-year head coach Alex Webster. The Giants finished the season 9–5, missing the playoffs by losing their season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. The Giants finished second in their division, a game behind the Dallas Cowboys. They were also only one game out of a wild card playoff spot.


The 1970 Giants offense was led by Pro Bowl performers, quarterback Fran Tarkenton, and running back Ron Johnson. The team was in the top ten in several offensive categories including points, yards, and first downs. The team had over one hundred rushing yards in eleven of its fourteen games, including 202 yards in a week eight win against the Dallas Cowboys. The offense struggled when the team failed to run the ball well, as shown in a week fourteen loss to the Los Angeles Rams in which the Giants rushed for only 50 yards. When the team was able to run the ball and play defense they were able to win games, as shown by the fact that in all their wins, they had a hundred or more rushing yards. The leading passer was Fran Tarkenton, the leading rusher was Ron Johnson, and the leading receiver was Clifton McNeil.[1]


The best defensive game by far for the Giants was the shutout of the Boston Patriots in a week 5 victory. In that game the Giants allowed only 155 total offensive yards. The team leader in interceptions for the Giants was Willie Williams, who had 6 interceptions for 114 total interception yards.

Special teams

The kicker for the Giants that season was Pete Gogolak. Gogolak was a perfect 32 of 32 in extra points but hit only 25 of 41 field goals attempted on the year, with his longest being a kick of 54 yards. Bill Johnson and Ernie Koy shared punting duties for the Giants, each was average for the position. Bobby Duhon and Les Shy were the main kick and punt returners, though neither returned a kick for a touchdown.

1970 NFL Draft

This is a list of draft picks, taken by the Giants in the 1970 NFL Draft. This list includes the tound taken, school, and position of the player selected.[2]

Round Pick Player Position College
1 13 Jim Files Linebacker Oklahoma
4 97 Wes Grant Defensive end UCLA
5 117 Claude Brumfield Guard Tennessee State
6 142 Duane Miller Wide receiver Drake
9 221 Pat Hughes Center Boston University
10 246 Matt Fortier Defensive end Fairmont State
11 273 Alan Pitcaithley Running back Oregon
12 298 Larry Nels Linebacker Wyoming
13 325 Gary Inskeep Tackle Wisconsin–Stout
14 350 Rodney Brand Center Arkansas
15 377 Warren Muir Running back South Carolina
16 402 Vic Nolting Defensive back Xavier
17 429 Walter Breaux Defensive tackle Grambling


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1970-09-19 Chicago Bears L 24–16 Yankee Stadium
2 1970-09-27 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–10 Cotton Bowl
3 1970-10-04 at New Orleans Saints L 14–10 Tulane Stadium
4 1970-10-11 Philadelphia Eagles W 30–23 Yankee Stadium
5 1970-10-18 at Boston Patriots W 16–0 Harvard Stadium
6 1970-10-25 St. Louis Cardinals W 35–17 Yankee Stadium
7 1970-11-01 at New York Jets W 22–10 Shea Stadium
8 1970-11-08 Dallas Cowboys W 23–20 Yankee Stadium
9 1970-11-15 Washington Redskins W 35–33 Yankee Stadium
10 1970-11-23 at Philadelphia Eagles L 23–20 Franklin Field
11 1970-11-29 at Washington Redskins W 27–24 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
12 1970-12-06 Buffalo Bills W 20–6 Yankee Stadium
13 1970-12-13 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–17 Busch Memorial Stadium
14 1970-12-20 Los Angeles Rams L 31–3 Yankee Stadium


NFC East
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 299 221 W-5
New York Giants 9 5 0 .643 301 270 L-1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 325 228 L-3
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 297 314 W-2
Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 241 332 W-1

See also


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