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1981 New York Giants season
Head Coach Ray Perkins
Home Field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Place 3rd NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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1980 1982

The 1981 New York Giants season was the 57th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 18 years with a 9–7 record,[1] which placed them third in the National Football Conference East Division.[2] The Giants qualified for the postseason thanks to an overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the last game of the season, coupled with a loss by the Green Bay Packers.[3] In the Wild Card playoffs, the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27–21 in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. New York's season ended with a 38–24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional round.[2]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–10
72,459
2 September 13, 1981 at Washington Redskins W 17–7
53,343
3 September 20, 1981 New Orleans Saints W 20–7
69,814
4 September 27, 1981 at Dallas Cowboys L 18–10
63,449
5 October 4, 1981 Green Bay Packers L 27–14
73,684
6 October 11, 1981 St. Louis Cardinals W 34–14
67,128
7 October 18, 1981 at Seattle Seahawks W 32–0
56,134
8 October 25, 1981 at Atlanta Falcons W 27–24
48,410
9 November 1, 1981 New York Jets L 26–7
74,740
10 November 8, 1981 at Green Bay Packers L 26–24
54,138
11 November 15, 1981 Washington Redskins L 30–27
63,133
12 November 22, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–10
66,827
13 November 29, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–10
57,186
14 December 6, 1981 Los Angeles Rams W 10–7
59,659
15 December 13, 1981 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–10
47,358
16 December 19, 1981 Dallas Cowboys W 13–10
73,009

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 27, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–21
71,611
Divisional January 3, 1982 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–24
58,360

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 367 277 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 368 221 W-1
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 295 257 W-3
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 347 349 W-3
St. Louis Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 315 408 L-2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "New York Giants Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nyg/. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "1981 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nyg/1981.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  3. Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. pp. 195–196. ISBN 1-57243-641-7.
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