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1956 New York Giants

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8-3-1, Finished 1st in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.2, Offense: 2.7, Defense: 1.4, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (22.0/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 197 points (16.4/g), 4th.
 Differential of 67 points (5.6/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 8.0-4.0.

Coach: Jim Lee Howell (8-3-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Vince Lombardi
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Landry

Stadium: Yankee Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Michael's College (Winooski, Vermont)


Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Tim Mara
General Manager Ray Walsh

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 264 3696 778 4.8 27 13 17 223 133 275 1567 17 14 5.6 82 499 2129 18 4.3 124
Team Defense 197 3081 744 4.1 33 16 16 188 149 297 1638 12 17 5.0 90 415 1443 10 3.5 82
Lg Rank Offense 5 7 1 8 4 7 8 4 1 8 5 3 4 5
Lg Rank Defense 4 1 7 3 3 9 6 5 9 2 3 1 2 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 38 21 15 300 133 167 27 408 301 107 4
2 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 27 35 17 333 176 157 3 18 359 136 223 5
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-1 @ Cleveland Browns 21 9 24 330 74 256 2 14 134 94 40 2
4 Sun October 21 boxscore W 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 38 10 25 460 213 247 10 182 91 91 1
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles 20 3 12 244 85 159 2 7 132 67 65 2
6 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 14 18 229 110 119 2 18 255 118 137 3
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 6-1 Chicago Cardinals 23 10 22 362 175 187 2 15 284 157 127
7 Sun November 18 boxscore L 6-2 @ Washington Redskins 7 33 15 249 175 74 5 23 391 160 231 1
9 Sun November 25 boxscore T 6-2-1 Chicago Bears 17 17 18 261 85 176 3 11 244 232 12 4
10 Sun December 2 boxscore W 7-2-1 Washington Redskins 28 14 22 367 174 193 4 13 219 75 144 7
11 Sun December 9 boxscore L 7-3-1 Cleveland Browns 7 24 13 229 126 103 2 19 299 106 193 2
12 Sat December 15 boxscore W 8-3-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 21 7 22 332 41 291 2 13 174 101 73 2
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 30 boxscore W 9-3-1 Chicago Bears 47 7 16 348 222 126 2 19 270 203 67 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
42 Charlie Conerly* 35 QB 12 0 90 174 51.7% 1143 10 5.7 7 4.0 48 6.6 5.9 12.7 95.3 75.0
11 Don Heinrich 26 qb 12 12 8-3-1 37 88 42.0% 369 5 5.7 5 5.7 43 4.2 2.8 10.0 30.8 49.9
12 Bob Clatterbuck 24 2 0 4 7 57.1% 54 0 0.0 1 14.3 21 7.7 1.3 13.5 27.0 42.3
16 Frank Gifford*+ 26 LH 12 0 2 5 40.0% 35 2 40.0 1 20.0 29 7.0 6.0 17.5 2.9 64.6
44 Kyle Rote* 28 LE 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.4 12 8-3-1 133 275 48.4% 1601 17 6.2 14 5.1 48 5.8 4.8 12.0 133.4 66.0 0 0
Opp Total 12 149 297 50.2% 1890 12 4.0 17 5.7 6.4 4.60 12.7 157.5 60.0 32 252 5.0 3.4 9.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
29 Alex Webster 25 RH 12 0 178 694 7 34 3.9 57.8 14.8 21 197 9.4 3 43 1.8 16.4 891 10 4
16 Frank Gifford*+ 26 LH 12 0 159 819 5 69 5.2 68.3 13.3 51 603 11.8 4 48 4.3 50.3 1422 9 5
33 Mel Triplett 25 FB 12 0 125 515 5 25 4.1 42.9 10.4 6 48 8.0 1 35 0.5 4.0 563 6 10
40 Gene Filipski 25 KR 12 0 13 85 1 35 6.5 7.1 1.1 3 37 12.3 0 21 0.3 3.1 122 1 3
42 Charlie Conerly* 35 QB 12 0 11 11 0 8 1.0 0.9 0.9 11 0 0
11 Don Heinrich 26 qb 12 12 5 -4 0 2 -0.8 -0.3 0.4 -4 0 2
44 Kyle Rote* 28 LE 12 0 3 5 0 3 1.7 0.4 0.3 28 405 14.5 4 31 2.3 33.8 410 4 0
22 Henry Moore 22 5 0 2 -2 0 0 -1.0 -0.4 0.4 -2 0 0
20 Jimmy Patton 23 RS 12 0 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -0.1 0.2 -1 0 2
34 Don Chandler 22 P 12 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.6 0.1 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.4 12 0 0
80 Ken MacAfee 27 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 184 13.1 4 29 1.2 15.3 184 4 0
85 Bob Schnelker 28 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 122 13.6 1 19 0.8 10.2 122 1 0
Team Total 26.4 12 499 2129 18 69 4.3 177.4 41.6 133 1601 12.0 17 48 11.1 133.4 3730 35 27
Opp Total 12 415 1443 10 3.5 120.3 34.6 149 1638 11.0 12 12.4 136.5 3081 22 32

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 Jimmy Patton 23 RS 12 0 12 17 0 6 1.4 13 283 0 31 21.8 299
45 Emlen Tunnell*+ 32 LS/PR 12 0 22 120 0 14 5.5 120
40 Gene Filipski 25 KR 12 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 19 390 0 30 20.5 537
41 Johnny Hermann 23 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
48 Ed Hughes 29 LDH 12 0 1 27 0 27 27.0 27
33 Mel Triplett 25 FB 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 565
Team Total 26.4 12 36 162 0 25 4.5 35 719 0 31 20.5 4611
Opp Total 12 34 1605 0 47.2 46 1033 0 22.5

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
34 Don Chandler 22 P 12 0 3 3 100.0%% 59 2473 63 0 41.9
8 Ben Agajanian 37 K 10 0 13 5 38.5%% 23 23 100.0%%
16 Frank Gifford*+ 26 LH 12 0 2 1 50.0%% 9 8 88.9%%
42 Charlie Conerly* 35 QB 12 0 1 33 33 0 33.0
Team Total 26.4 12 15 6 40.0%% 35 34 97.1%% 60 2506 63 0 41.8
Opp Total 12 16 7 43.8%% 25 24 96.0%% 62 2249 36.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
33 Mel Triplett 25 FB 12 0 0 10 2 0 0
45 Emlen Tunnell*+ 32 LS/PR 12 0 6 87 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Frank Gifford*+ 26 LH 12 0 0 5 1 0 0
70 Sam Huff 22 MLB 12 0 3 49 0 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
20 Jimmy Patton 23 RS 12 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0
61 Ray Beck 25 10 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0
11 Don Heinrich 26 qb 12 12 0 2 2 0 0
30 Bill Svoboda 28 LLB 11 0 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
29 Alex Webster 25 RH 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
40 Gene Filipski 25 KR 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
76 Rosey Grier*+ 24 RDT 12 0 0 0 3 0 0
48 Ed Hughes 29 LDH 12 0 1 38 0 38 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Jerry Huth 23 LG 11 0 0 0 2 0 0
89 Cliff Livingston 26 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
25 Dick Nolan 24 RDH 12 0 2 17 0 17 0
27 Herb Rich 28 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
79 Rosey Brown*+ 24 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Jim Katcavage 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Dick Modzelewski 25 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Andy Robustelli*+ 31 RDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
85 Bob Schnelker 28 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Dick Yelvington 28 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Walt Yowarsky 28 LDE 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 12 17 198 0 38 0 0 27 30 6 0 1
Opp Total 12 4 32 16 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
16 Frank Gifford*+ 26 LH 12 0 5 4 9 8 1 65
29 Alex Webster 25 RH 12 0 7 3 10 60
8 Ben Agajanian 37 K 10 0 23 5 38
33 Mel Triplett 25 FB 12 0 5 1 6 36
80 Ken MacAfee 27 RE 12 0 4 4 24
44 Kyle Rote* 28 LE 12 0 4 4 24
40 Gene Filipski 25 KR 12 0 1 1 6
85 Bob Schnelker 28 12 0 1 1 6
34 Don Chandler 22 P 12 0 3 3
81 Andy Robustelli*+ 31 RDE 12 0 1 2
Team Total 26.4 12 18 17 35 34 6 1 264
Opp Total 12 10 12 2 1 24 7 1 197

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 1 43 pass Alex Webster 43 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Frank Gifford kick)
2 1956-09-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 1 59 rush Frank Gifford 59 yard rush (Frank Gifford kick)
3 1956-09-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 2 35 pass Mel Triplett 35 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Frank Gifford kick)
4 1956-09-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 3 1 rush Mel Triplett 1 yard rush (Frank Gifford kick)
5 1956-09-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 4 13 rush Mel Triplett 13 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
6 1956-10-07 @ CRD L, 27-35 1 2 rush Mel Triplett 2 yard rush
7 1956-10-07 @ CRD L, 27-35 2 2 rush Mel Triplett 2 yard rush (Frank Gifford kick)
8 1956-10-07 @ CRD L, 27-35 4 1 rush Mel Triplett 1 yard rush (Frank Gifford kick)
9 1956-10-07 @ CRD L, 27-35 4 4 pass Ken MacAfee 4 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Frank Gifford kick)
10 1956-10-14 @ CLE W, 21-9 2 2 pass Alex Webster 2 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Frank Gifford kick)
11 1956-10-14 @ CLE W, 21-9 3 1 rush Alex Webster 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
12 1956-10-14 @ CLE W, 21-9 4 34 rush Alex Webster 34 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
13 1956-10-21 PIT W, 38-10 2 14 pass Ken MacAfee 14 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
14 1956-10-21 PIT W, 38-10 2 21 pass Alex Webster 21 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
15 1956-10-21 PIT W, 38-10 3 1 rush Frank Gifford 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
16 1956-10-21 PIT W, 38-10 3 19 pass Kyle Rote 19 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
17 1956-10-21 PIT W, 38-10 4 35 rush Gene Filipski 35 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
18 1956-10-28 PHI W, 20-3 2 1 rush Alex Webster 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1956-10-28 PHI W, 20-3 3 20 pass Frank Gifford 20 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
20 1956-11-04 @ PIT W, 17-14 1 1 rush Alex Webster 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
21 1956-11-04 @ PIT W, 17-14 3 3 pass Kyle Rote 3 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
22 1956-11-11 CRD W, 23-10 2 6 pass Ken MacAfee 6 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Ben Agajanian kick)
23 1956-11-11 CRD W, 23-10 3 12 rush Alex Webster 12 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
24 1956-11-11 CRD W, 23-10 4 11 pass Frank Gifford 11 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1956-11-18 @ WAS L, 7-33 3 12 pass Bob Schnelker 12 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
26 1956-11-25 CHI T, 17-17 2 17 pass Kyle Rote 17 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Ben Agajanian kick)
27 1956-11-25 CHI T, 17-17 3 2 rush Alex Webster 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
28 1956-12-02 WAS W, 28-14 1 29 pass Ken MacAfee 29 yard pass from Frank Gifford (Ben Agajanian kick)
29 1956-12-02 WAS W, 28-14 1 6 rush Frank Gifford 6 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
30 1956-12-02 WAS W, 28-14 3 14 pass Frank Gifford 14 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
31 1956-12-02 WAS W, 28-14 4 11 rush Frank Gifford 11 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
32 1956-12-09 CLE L, 7-24 2 6 pass Frank Gifford 6 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
33 1956-12-15 @ PHI W, 21-7 2 6 pass Kyle Rote 6 yard pass from Frank Gifford (Ben Agajanian kick)
34 1956-12-15 @ PHI W, 21-7 2 10 rush Frank Gifford 10 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
35 1956-12-15 @ PHI W, 21-7 3 7 rush Alex Webster 7 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ SFO L, 21-38 2 16 rush Hugh McElhenny 16 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
2 1956-09-30 @ SFO L, 21-38 3 33 pass Billy Wilson 33 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1956-09-30 @ SFO L, 21-38 4 2 rush Hugh McElhenny 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
4 1956-10-07 @ CRD W, 35-27 2 2 rush Lamar McHan 2 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
5 1956-10-07 @ CRD W, 35-27 2 66 interception Night Train Lane 66 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
6 1956-10-07 @ CRD W, 35-27 3 58 pass Don Stonesifer 58 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
7 1956-10-07 @ CRD W, 35-27 3 17 pass Gern Nagler 17 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
8 1956-10-07 @ CRD W, 35-27 4 13 rush Lamar McHan 13 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1956-10-14 @ CLE L, 9-21 2 1 rush Ed Modzelewski 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
10 1956-10-21 PIT L, 10-38 4 14 pass Elbie Nickel 14 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
11 1956-11-04 @ PIT L, 14-17 3 1 rush Sid Watson 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
12 1956-11-04 @ PIT L, 14-17 4 6 rush Sid Watson 6 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
13 1956-11-11 CRD L, 10-23 4 11 pass Ollie Matson 11 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
14 1956-11-18 @ WAS W, 33-7 1 15 rush Billy Wells 15 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
15 1956-11-18 @ WAS W, 33-7 2 7 pass John Carson 7 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
16 1956-11-18 @ WAS W, 33-7 2 fumble Billy Wells yard fumble return (Sam Baker kick)
17 1956-11-18 @ WAS W, 33-7 4 51 pass Steve Meilinger 51 yard pass from Al Dorow
18 1956-11-25 CHI T, 17-17 4 79 pass Harlon Hill 79 yard pass from Bill McColl (George Blanda kick)
19 1956-11-25 CHI T, 17-17 4 56 pass Harlon Hill 56 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
20 1956-12-02 WAS L, 14-28 1 6 pass Steve Meilinger 6 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
21 1956-12-02 WAS L, 14-28 4 76 fumble John Paluck 76 yard fumble return (Sam Baker kick)
22 1956-12-09 CLE W, 24-7 1 1 rush Tommy O'Connell 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
23 1956-12-09 CLE W, 24-7 2 6 pass Fred Morrison 6 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
24 1956-12-09 CLE W, 24-7 3 1 rush Tommy O'Connell 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
25 1956-12-15 @ PHI L, 7-21 4 15 pass Bobby Walston 15 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)