2004 New York Giants season
Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Home Field Giants Stadium
Record 6–10
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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2003 2005

The 2004 NFL season was the 80th season for the New York Giants. After starting the season 5–2, the Giants finished 6–10, 2nd in the NFC East.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin was hired to replace Jim Fassel, who was fired following the conclusion of the 2003 season.

NFL draft[edit | edit source]

The San Diego Chargers selected Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning with the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Manning, however, refused to play in San Diego, and the New York Giants, who had selected North Carolina State quarterback Phillip Rivers with their first pick of the draft (the #4 overall pick) were able to trade Rivers (along with other compensation) to the Chargers, in return for the highly-touted Manning. The Giants also selected former Boston College offensive guard Chris Snee, Auburn linebacker Reggie Torbor, and strong safety Gibril Wilson. All four of these picks would start at least once during the season, and remain with the Giants for at least four seasons.

Round Player Position School/Club Team
1 Philip Rivers (traded to Chargers) Quarterback NC State


Regular season[edit | edit source]

Although the Giants had traded for Eli Manning, the season began with veteran quarterback and former league MVP Kurt Warner as the starter. After a season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Warner and the Giants enjoyed surprising success, starting a four-game winning streak that included road victories over the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Following a Halloween rout of the Minnesota Vikings, 34–14, the Giants were 5–2, trailing the then-undefeated Philadelphia Eagles by just two games.

The high-water mark of the Giants season came on November 7, when the Giants led the Chicago Bears 14–0 at the end of the first quarter. Over the rest of the game, though, the Giants turned the ball over five times, allowed the Bears to score 28 unanswered points (20 in the second quarter) and lost by a score of 28–21. After another loss, this time on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, Giants coach Tom Coughlin decided to replace Warner with Manning. The decision did not show immediate success, as the Giants turned the ball over ten times in the next four games, scoring a total of 37 points.

Close losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals followed, dropping the Giants to 5–10. The season did end with a glimmer of hope, however, as the Giants rallied from a 16–7 fourth quarter deficit to end the season with a 28–24 victory over the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys. Manning threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes, and Tiki Barber scored the game winner.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 at Philadelphia Eagles L 31–17
2 September 19, 2004 Washington Redskins W 20–14
3 September 26, 2004 Cleveland Browns W 27–10
4 October 3, 2004 at Green Bay Packers W 14–7
5 October 10, 2004 at Dallas Cowboys W 26–10
6 Bye
7 October 24, 2004 Detroit Lions L 28–13
8 October 31, 2004 at Minnesota Vikings W 34–13
9 November 7, 2004 Chicago Bears L 28–21
10 November 14, 2004 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–14
11 November 21, 2004 Atlanta Falcons L 14–10
12 November 28, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles L 27–6
13 December 5, 2004 at Washington Redskins L 31–7
14 December 12, 2004 at Baltimore Ravens L 37–14
15 December 18, 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers L 33–30
16 December 26, 2004 at Cincinnati Bengals L 23–22
17 January 2, 2005 Dallas Cowboys W 28–24

Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 0 .813 6–0 11–1 386 260 L2
Dallas Cowboys 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 293 405 L1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 303 347 W1
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 1–5 6–6 240 265 W1

Roster[edit | edit source]

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

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