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2015 New York Giants Season
2015 New York Giants season
OwnerJohn Mara
Steve Tisch
Head coachTom Coughlin
General managerJerry Reese
Home fieldMetLife Stadium
Local radioWFAN-AM and WFAN-FM
WCBS-AM (overflow)
Division place3rd NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersOdell Beckham Jr., WR
Eli Manning, QB
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB
Josh Brown, K
AP All-ProsOdell Beckham Jr., WR - 2nd Team
Giants uniforms12 nobrands.png

The 2015 New York Giants season was the franchise's 91st season in the National Football League and their sixth season playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tom Coughlin returned for his 12th and final season as the team's head coach.[1] The Giants attempted to secure a playoff berth for the first time since their 2011 season, which concluded with their victory in Super Bowl XLVI. To honor the late Frank Gifford and Ann Mara, both of whom died earlier in 2015, the Giants added a number 16 decal on their helmets and special patch for Gifford and Mara respectively.[2]

The Giants began the season 0-2 for the third straight year, and in doing so became the first team in NFL history to go 0-2 while holding double digit leads in the 4th quarter in both games. However, they rebounded to win their next three games before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants 2015 season was plagued by their inability to close out games, as the Giants lost 6 games in which they held leads or were tied within the final 2 minutes. These losses included their opening game in Dallas, their home opener against the Falcons, a road loss in New Orleans and 2 home defeats against the Patriots and the Jets. Had the Giants won these games, they would've been 11-5 and would've won the NFC East. After the Redskins defeated the Eagles on December 26 during a Saturday Edition of Thursday Night Football, the Redskins clinched the division title of the NFC East, eliminating the Giants from playoff contention for the fourth consecutive year and officially ending the Coughlin/Eli era in New York, after having made the playoffs 5 times and won two Super Bowls, both times against the New England Patriots.


Free agents signed

Date Position Player Free agent tag 2014 Team Notes
February 11 C Brett Jones FA Calgary Stampeders (CFL) [3][4][5][6]
February 17 WR Kevin Ogletree UFA New York Giants Released May 7, 2015[3][4][5][6]
February 19 C Dallas Reynolds RFA New York Giants [3][4][5][6]
March 3 DE Jason Pierre-Paul FT New York Giants Has not signed franchise tag[3][4][5][6]
March 4 TE Larry Donnell ERFA New York Giants [3][4][5][6]
March 4 CB Chandler Fenner ERFA New York Giants Waived September 5, 2015[3][4][5][6]
March 11 RB Chris Ogbonnaya UFA New York Giants Released May 11, 2015[3][4][5][6]
March 11 FB Henry Hynoski UFA New York Giants Released September 5, 2015[3][4][5][6]
March 11 OLB Mark Herzlich UFA New York Giants [3][4][5][6]
March 13 RB Shane Vereen UFA New England Patriots [3][4][5][6]
March 13 WR/KR Dwayne Harris UFA Dallas Cowboys [3][4][5][6]
March 13 OT Marshall Newhouse UFA Cincinnati Bengals [3][4][5][6]
March 13 OLB Jonathan Casillas UFA New England Patriots [3][4][5][6]
March 13 OLB J.T. Thomas UFA Jacksonville Jaguars [3][4][5][6]
March 16 OG John Jerry UFA New York Giants [3][4][5][6]
March 16 CB Chykie Brown UFA New York Giants Released September 5, 2015[3][4][5][6]
March 18 DT Kenrick Ellis UFA New York Jets Released September 6, 2015[3][4][5][6]
March 19 TE Daniel Fells UFA New York Giants [3][4][5][6]
March 20 DE George Selvie UFA Dallas Cowboys [3][4][5][6]
April 15 CB/FS Josh Gordy UFA Indianapolis Colts [3][4][5][6]
April 15 ILB Ryan Jones FA Baltimore Ravens Waived June 6[3][4][5][6]
July 15 S Jeromy Miles FA Baltimore Ravens Released September 5, 2015[3][4][5][6]
July 31 WR James Jones FA Oakland Raiders Released September 5, 2015[3][4][5][6]
August 2 WR Derrick Johnson FA New England Patriots Released September 1, 2015[3][4][5][6]
August 16 SS Brandon Meriweather FA Washington Redskins [3][4][5][6]
August 19 DT Jimmy Staten FA Seattle Seahawks Released September 1, 2015[3][4][5][6]
August 24 OLB Ashlee Palmer FA Detroit Lions Released September 5, 2015[3][4][5][6]
Notable Arrival/Resigning
Released prior to resigning


Free agents lost

Date Position Player Free agent tag 2015 Team Notes
March 11 CB Walter Thurmond III UFA Philadelphia Eagles [3][4][5][6]
March 12 SS Antrel Rolle UFA Chicago Bears [3][4][5][6]
March 19 OT James Brewer UFA New York Jets [3][4][5][6]
April 2 OLB Spencer Paysinger UFA Miami Dolphins [3][4][5][6]
April 13 CB Zack Bowman UFA Miami Dolphins [3][4][5][6]
April 29 FS Stevie Brown UFA Cut by the Houston Texans on August 28, 2015[3][4][5][6]
August 19 FS Quintin Demps UFA Houston Texans Played with Texans from 2010-2012[3][4][5][6]
Notable Departure


Position Player Free agent tag Notes
OG Adam Snyder UFA [3][4][5][6]
DT Mike Patterson UFA [3][4][5][6]
OLB Jacquian Williams UFA [3][4][5][6]
WR Jerrel Jernigan UFA [3][4][5][6]


Date Acquired From Given Notes
August 26, 2014 2015 seventh-round pick (No. 245) Denver Broncos Kicker Brandon McManus Traded to Titans[7]
May 1, 2015 2015 second-round pick (No. 33) Tennessee Titans 2015 second, fourth, and seventh-round picks (No. 40, 108, 245) Used to select Landon Collins[7]

2015 NFL Draft

2015 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 9 Ereck Flowers  Offensive tackle Miami
2 33 Landon Collins *  Safety Alabama From Tennessee Titans
3 74 Owamagbe Odighizuwa  Defensive End UCLA
5 144 Mykkele Thompson  Safety Texas
6 186 Geremy Davis  Wide Receiver UConn
7 226 Bobby Hart  Offensive tackle FSU
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Undrafted free agent signings

Made final 53-man roster

Offseason activities

The New York Giants started offseason activities with a rookie minicamp starting on May 9.[8] Organized team activities ran from May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12. Mandatory mini-camp was held June 16-18.[9]


  • May 20: During a lifting session, Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral injury. Beatty will undergo surgery, sidelining him for 5-6 months.[10]
  • July 4: When setting off fireworks, Jason Pierre-Paul blasted off his index finger, part of his thumb and middle finger. He has returned.[11]


Staff changes

Date Coach Transaction Notes
January 7 Perry Fewell (defensive coordinator) Fired [6]
January 7 Peter Giunta (secondary/cornerbacks) Fired [6]
January 15 Steve Spagnuolo (defensive coordinator) Hired [6]
January 15 Tim Walton (secondary/cornerbacks) Hired [6]
March 12 Tom Coughlin (head coach) Extension Thru 2016[6]

The Giants' most notable staff change involves their defensive coordinator position. Following the 2014 season the team fired Perry Fewell after five seasons. To replace him the Giants brought back Steve Spagnuolo, who had been the team's coordinator for the 2007 and 2008 seasons and who was most recently the secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

Final staff

Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 14 at Cincinnati Bengals L 10-23 0-1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
2 August 22 Jacksonville Jaguars W 22-12 1-1 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 August 29 New York Jets L 18-28 1-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at New England Patriots W 12-9 2-2 Gillette Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 13 at Dallas Cowboys L 26-27 0-1 AT&T Stadium Recap
2 September 20 Atlanta Falcons L 20-24 0-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 24 Washington Redskins W 32-21 1-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 October 4 at Buffalo Bills W 24-10 2-2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
5 October 11 San Francisco 49ers W 30-27 3-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 19 at Philadelphia Eagles L 7-27 3-3 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
7 October 25 Dallas Cowboys W 27-20 4-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
8 November 1 at New Orleans Saints L 49-52 4-4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 32-18 5-4 Raymond James Stadium Recap
10 November 15 New England Patriots L 26-27 5-5 MetLife Stadium Recap
11 Bye
12 November 29 at Washington Redskins L 14-20 5-6 FedExField Recap
13 December 6 New York Jets L 20-23 (OT) 5-7 MetLife Stadium Recap
14 December 14 at Miami Dolphins W 31-24 6-7 Sun Life Stadium Recap
15 December 20 Carolina Panthers L 35-38 6-8 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 27 at Minnesota Vikings L 17-49 6-9 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
17 January 3 Philadelphia Eagles L 30-35 6-10 MetLife Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys

Towards the end of the game, the Cowboys did not have any timeouts, and the Giants were facing 3rd and goal from the Cowboys 1-yard line with 1:43 remaining. However, instead of just kneeing the ball and letting the clock run out, the Giants decided to throw the ball instead. Eli Manning's pass was thrown away, and the clock stopped. Josh Brown would kick a 19-yard field goal to give the Giants a 26-20 lead. The Cowboys marched down the field and got into Giants territory. The drive concluded when Tony Romo threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 7 seconds left to give the Cowboys the win. Following the game, the Giants were met with heavy criticism from their fans and the media for the throwing play earlier, with most of the criticism being aimed at head coach Tom Coughlin, who later admitted that it was his fault and that the strategy for the game was wrong at the end.

With the loss, the Giants started 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Atlanta Falcons

For the second time in two weeks, the Giants blew a fourth quarter lead inside of 2 minutes. The Falcons went down the field to score with 1:14 remaining after Devonta Freeman ran in for a 1-yard touchdown. The Giants tried to go down the field, but the drive failed, and the Giants lost 24-20.

With the loss, the Giants fell to 0-2.

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins

The Giants finally got their first win of the season, beating the Redskins 32-21 on Thursday Night Football. The game began with the safety, making this the first game since Super Bowl XLVIII that the first score of the game was a safety.

With the win, the Giants improved to 1-2.

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills

Prior to the season, Bills head coach Rex Ryan expressed that he wanted his team to be last in the league in penalties (the Bills had led the league in penalties in 2014). In that respect, this game was notably embarrassing for the Bills as they committed an outrageous 17 penalties for 135 yards. Five of them were either personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct, and two of them negated Bills touchdowns.

Week 5: vs. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers went down the field to score with 1:45 remaining. The game appeared over after Tramaine Brock appeared to have an interception. However, the interception was reviewed, and after review, the call was overturned, because replay concluded that the ball had hit the ground before Brock was able to control it. The next play, Kenneth Acker was called for pass interference which gave the Giants the ball on the goal line. Larry Donnell caught the game-winning touchdown with 21 seconds left to give the Giants the win.

With the win, the Giants improved to 3-2.

Week 6: at Philadelphia Eagles

The Giants led 7-0 after they scored first on their opening drive. However, the Eagles outscored them 27-0 the rest of the way.

With the loss, the Giants dropped to 3-3.

Week 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Giants ended a five-game losing streak to the Cowboys dating to October 28, 2012 at AT&T Stadium, doing so despite only 289 aggregate yards of offense. Two touchdowns were scored by either defense or special teams, first on a Matt Cassel pick-six run back 58 yards by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the third quarter; in the fourth following a game-tying Cassel score to Devin Street the ensuing kickoff was run back 100 yards by Dwayne Harris. The game earned additional notoriety; in response to the presence on the Cowboys roster of Greg Hardy with domestic violence controversy surrounding him the Giants invited actress and outspoken advocate of domestic-violence victims Mariska Hargitay along with her husband Peter Hermann and their son August Miklos Hermann to be honorary captains; Hargitay and Hermann wore Mark Herzlich jerseys while August wore a jersey of Odell Beckham Jr.

This was Tom Coughlin's last home victory as coach of the Giants.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

Eli Manning's six touchdown passes, with three of them to Odell Beckham Jr. were not enough as a late field goal by the Saints sealed the 52-49 victory in a battle of passing offenses. The game lead tied or changed ten times and Manning's six scores and 350 yards were bettered by Drew Brees with 505 yards and seven touchdowns, all overcoming two interceptions.

The 101 combined points scored are tied for the fourth most in NFL history.

Week 9: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jason Pierre-Paul, who suffered an off-season fireworks incident on July 4, made his season debut as the Giants defeated the Buccaneers 32-18.

Week 10: vs. New England Patriots

Meeting for the first time since Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants hosted the undefeated Patriots. Commissioner Roger Goodell was in attendance. The Giants looked to stop the streaking Patriots in a game where both teams saw touchdowns wiped out on penalties. The Giants trailed by 2 at the two-minute warning, and on second down Eli Manning tossed a pass in the end zone to Odell Beckham Jr.. Beckham appeared to have the catch, but as he brought the ball up in celebration, it was knocked out by Malcolm Butler in a play eerily similar to a drop by Lee Evans in the closing seconds of the 2011 AFC Championship Game. Manning scrambled for a loss on third down, and Josh Brown kicked the go-ahead field goal to give New York a lead. However, a last second game-winning field goal by the Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski ended the Giants' hopes. Although he was cleared to play, Victor Cruz, a day later, announced he would not play this season as he underwent surgery to repair an injured left calf.

Week 12: at Washington Redskins

Odell Beckham Jr. made a tremendous catch during this game, as he made another one-handed catch for a touchdown. However, the catch was not enough, as the Giants trailed 20-0 and could not come back.

With the loss, the Giants fell to 5-6.

Week 13: vs. New York Jets

The Giants would lead 20-10 in the fourth quarter. However, the Jets would march down the field to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining. Randy Bullock would give the Jets the lead in overtime after he converted a 31-yard field goal. The Giants would go down the field, but a critical drop by Odell Beckham Jr. would prove them costly. Josh Brown would miss a 48-yard field goal during overtime, giving the Jets the win. This game was the 5th this season that the Giants have lost when leading with 2 minutes or less in the 4th quarter, with 3 of them coming at home.

With the loss, the Giants fell to 5-7.

Week 14: at Miami Dolphins

It was the first Monday Night meeting between the Giants and the Dolphins.

The game was a shootout and Eli Manning was spectacular, completing 27 of 31 passes, 4 of them touchdowns in a 31-24 win.

This was Tom Coughlin's last win as the Giants head coach.

Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers

The Giants hosted the undefeated Panthers, which gained attention for the fight between Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, which lasted for nearly the entire game. Beckham would draw three personal fouls for his involvement. The Giants managed to erase a 28-point deficit but failed to stop Cam Newton on the Panthers final drive, losing after a game-winning field goal.

Week 16: at Minnesota Vikings

The deflated Giants traveled to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Already eliminated from the playoffs due to Washington beating Philadelphia the night before to secure the NFC East for the first time since 2012, they were without their star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as he was suspended for his actions in a Week 15 loss against Carolina. The Vikings stingy defense put pressure on Eli Manning all game, forcing Tom Coughlin to bench Manning after three interceptions. The Giants defense was not a factor as they failed to contain the Vikings rushing attack all game long. Linebacker JT Thomas was ejected from the game in the 4th quarter for throwing a punch.

The loss of Beckham was too steep to overcome and the Giants wound up losing 49-17, dropping to 6-9.

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

With Odell Beckham Jr. back from his suspension, the Giants hosted the Eagles for the final game of both their seasons, which was also played on Eli Manning's 35th birthday. The Giants offense put up a fight, but a 3rd quarter fumble by Manning that was returned for a touchdown did the Giants in. The Giants attempted a comeback, but down 5 in the final minutes, Manning could not lead the Giants into the end zone. This loss dropped the Giants to 6-10 for the second straight season, and the game proved to be Tom Coughlin's final game coaching the Giants. Coughlin ended with just nine wins in 25 career games against the Eagles. This was the last time the Giants would score 30 points in a game until October 7, 2018.



NFC East
9 7 0 .563 4-2 8-4 388 379 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 3-3 4-8 377 430 W1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 420 442 L3
Dallas Cowboys 4 12 0 .250 3-3 3-9 275 374 L4


Division Leaders
1 Carolina Panthers South 15 1 0 .938 5-1 11-1 .441 .438 W1
2 Arizona Cardinals West 13 3 0 .813 4-2 10-2 .477 .457 L1
3 Minnesota Vikings North 11 5 0 .688 5-1 8-4 .504 .449 W3
4 Washington Redskins East 9 7 0 .563 4-2 8-4 .465 .403 W4
Wild Cards
5[a] Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .531 .450 L2
6[a] Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .520 .431 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
7 Atlanta Falcons South 8 8 0 .500 1-5 5-7 .480 .453 L1
8[b] St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 4-2 6-6 .527 .482 L1
9[b] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 .535 .429 W3
10[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 3-3 4-8 .508 .473 W1
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 .504 .402 W2
12[c] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .500 .396 L3
13[c] Chicago Bears North 6 10 0 .375 1-5 3-9 .547 .469 L1
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 .484 .406 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .539 .463 W1
16 Dallas Cowboys East 4 12 0 .250 3-3 3-9 .531 .438 L4
  1. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Seattle based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c d St. Louis and Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on conference record. St. Louis finished ahead of Detroit based on head-to-head victory.
    Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on head-to-head sweep, while Philadelphia finished ahead of New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c The New York Giants and Chicago each finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory, while the Giants finished ahead of Chicago based on conference record.
  4. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


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