1977 New York Giants Season
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1977 New York Giants Season
1977 New York Giants season
OwnerWellington Mara
Timothy J. Mara
Head coachJohn McVay
Home fieldGiants Stadium
Results
Record5-9
Division placeT-4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Brad Van Pelt

The 1977 New York Giants season was the franchise's 53rd season in the National Football League (NFL).[1] The Giants had a 5-9 record in 1977 and finished in a tie for last place with the Philadelphia Eagles.[2][3]

The Giants selected defensive end Gary Jeter in the 1977 NFL Draft with the fifth overall pick.[4] Before the season, the Giants signed quarterback Joe Pisarcik, who won the starting position to replace Craig Morton, whom they had traded to the Denver Broncos. New York won their opening game of the year against the Washington Redskins, prevailing 20-17 on a field goal by Joe Danelo in the final seconds.[5] After losses in their next three games, victories over the San Francisco 49ers and Redskins evened the Giants' record at 3-3. Afterwards, New York lost six of their last eight games.[2] With a season-ending 12-9 defeat by the Chicago Bears in overtime,[6] the team concluded the year at 5-9.[2]

Offensively, New York's season total of 181 points was lower than all but four of the 27 other NFL teams.[6] Pisarcik started 11 of the Giants' 14 games in 1977 and threw for 1,346 yards, but had 14 passes intercepted and only four touchdowns. Bobby Hammond led the Giants in rushing with 154 carries for 577 yards. Doug Kotar and Larry Csonka also rushed for more than 450 yards each.[2] The team's leading receiver statistically was Jimmy Robinson, who caught 22 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns. Gary Shirk was the only other Giants player with multiple touchdown catches, while Johnny Perkins was second behind Robinson with 20 receptions. On defense, cornerback Bill Bryant led New York with three interceptions.[2] For the second consecutive season, linebacker Brad Van Pelt was the only Giant to make the Pro Bowl.[7]

Offseason

NFL Draft

1977 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 5 Gary Jeter  DE USC
2 32 Johnny Perkins  WR Abilene Christian
4 88 Mike Vaughan  T Oklahoma
5 117 Randy Dean  QB Northwestern
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 Washington Redskins W 20-17
76,086
2 September 25, 1977 at Dallas Cowboys L 41-21
64,215
3 October 2, 1977 at Atlanta Falcons L 17-3
46,374
4 October 9, 1977 Philadelphia Eagles L 28-10
48,824
5 October 16, 1977 San Francisco 49ers W 20-17
70,366
6 October 23, 1977 at Washington Redskins W 17-6
53,903
7 October 31, 1977 at St. Louis Cardinals L 28-0
50,323
8 November 6, 1977 Dallas Cowboys L 24-10
74,532
9 November 13, 1977 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 10-0
46,518
10 November 20, 1977 Cleveland Browns L 21-7
72,576
11 November 27, 1977 at Cincinnati Bengals L 30-13
32,705
12 December 4, 1977 St. Louis Cardinals W 27-7
71,826
13 December 11, 1977 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17-14
47,731
14 December 18, 1977 Chicago Bears L 12-9
50,152

Game summaries

Week 6

1 234Total
• Giants 0 0710 17
Redskins 3 300 6
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: RFK Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (15.6 °C), wind 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn)

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Week 14

1 234OTTotal
• Bears 3 0063 12
Giants 3 0060 9

[9]

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(1) 12 2 0 .857 7-1 11-1 345 212 W4
Washington Redskins 9 5 0 .643 4-4 8-4 196 189 W3
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 4-4 7-5 272 287 L4
Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 0 .357 2-6 4-8 220 207 W2
New York Giants 5 9 0 .357 3-5 5-7 181 265 L2

References

  1. ^ "New York Giants Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "1977 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "1977 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "1977 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. pp. 182-184. ISBN 1-57243-641-7.
  6. ^ a b Katz, Michael (December 20, 1977). "Giants Find 1978 Outlook Encouraging". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Whittingham, pp. 180, 184-185.
  8. ^ "New York Giants 17 at Washington Redskins 6". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Chicago Bears at New York Giants - December 18th, 1977". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2020.



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