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1991 New York Giants season
Head Coach Ray Handley
Home Field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Place 4th NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1990 1992

The 1991 New York Giants season was the 67th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants entered the season as the defending Super Bowl champion but failed to qualify for the playoffs. They were the eighth team in NFL history to enter a season as the defending Super Bowl champion and miss the playoffs.[1] This was the second time the Giants had failed to make the playoffs after winning a Super Bowl, having done so in 1987.

New York businessman Robert Tisch purchased half of the interest in the club. He purchased it from Mrs. Helen Mara Nugent, and her children, Tim Mara and Maura Mara Concannon on February 2.[2]

OffseasonEdit

During the offseason, the Giants lost several members of their coaching staff. Bill Parcells retired while defensive coordinator Bill Belichick became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.[3] Tom Couglin left the club to become the head coach at Boston College.

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1 27Jarrod Bunch Running Back Michigan
2 55 Kanavis McGhee Linebacker Colorado
3 83 Ed McCaffrey Wide Receiver Stanford
4 111 Clarence Jones Tackle Maryland
5 139 Anthony Moss Linebacker Florida State
6 167 Corey Miller Linebacker South Carolina
7 195 Simmie Carter Defensive Back Southern Miss
8 223Lamar McGriggs Defensive Back Western Illinois
9 250 Jerry BouldinWide Receiver Mississippi State
10 278 Luis Cristobal Guard Miami
11 306 Ted Popson Tight End Portland
12 334 Larry Wanke Quarterback John Carroll
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Regular seasonEdit

During the summer of 1991, new Giants’ head coach Ray Handley allowed Hostetler to compete with Simms for the starting job. Coach Ray Handley's choice of Jeff Hostetler to open the 1991 season for the season-opening Monday Night rematch with the 49ers over Phil Simms created controversy.

Hostetler led the Giants to 6 wins in his eleven starts, but broke his back during a week 13 win against Tampa Bay. Simms returned to finish the game, but went 2–3 as Giants starter the remainder of the year and the Giants fell out of the playoffs.

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ScheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Giants points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 2 San Francisco 49ers Win 16 14 1–0
76,319
2 Sept. 8 Los Angeles Rams Loss 13 19 1–1
76,541
3 Sept. 15 at Chicago Bears Loss 17 20 1–2
64,829
4 Sept. 22 Cleveland Browns Win 13 10 2–2
75,891
5 Sept. 29 at Dallas Cowboys Loss 16 21 2–3
64,010
6 Oct. 6 Phoenix Cardinals Win 20 9 3–3
75,891
7 Oct. 14 at Pittsburgh Steelers Win 23 20 4–3
57,608
8 Bye Week
9 Oct. 27 Washington Redskins Loss 13 17 4–4
76,627
10 Nov. 4 at Philadelphia Eagles Loss 7 30 4–5
65,816
11 Nov. 10 at Phoenix Cardinals Win 21 14 5–5
50,048
12 Nov. 17 Dallas Cowboys Win 22 9 6–5
76,410
13 Nov. 24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win 21 14 7–5
63,698
14 Dec. 1 at Cincinnati Bengals Loss 24 27 7–6
45,063
15 Dec. 8 Philadelphia Eagles Loss 14 19 7–7
76,099
16 Dec. 15 at Washington Redskins Loss 17 34 7–8
54,722
17 Dec. 22 Houston Oilers Win 24 20 8–8
63,421
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StandingsEdit

NFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 14 2 0 .875 485 224
Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 .688 342 310
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 285 244
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 281 297
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 196 344

RosterEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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