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1978 New York Giants

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6-10-0, Finished 5th in NFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.5, Offense: -1.1, Defense: -1.3, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (16.5/g), 19th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 298 points (18.6/g), 16th.
 Differential of -34 points (-2.1/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 6.9-9.1.

Coach: John McVay (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Gibson
 Defensive Coordinator: Dick Modzelewski

Stadium: Giants Stadium
 Training Camp: Pace University (Pleasantville, New York)

Team Info

Principal Owner Wellington Mara
General Manager Andy Robustelli
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 4449 1000 4.4 39 12 20 246 176 382 2145 13 27 5.1 101 580 2304 12 4.0 125
Team Defense 298 5042 1112 4.5 39 18 34 316 210 443 2386 10 21 5.1 127 640 2656 25 4.2 155
Lg Rank Offense 19 23 15 3 26 21 22 21 20 20 12 13 22 15
Lg Rank Defense 16 22 17 12 25 21 11 2 19 8 25 25 28 21

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 2 boxscore W 1-0 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 13 12 238 162 76 1 16 251 86 165 4
2 Sun September 10 boxscore L 1-1 Dallas Cowboys 24 34 22 343 243 100 4 32 401 212 189 2
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 2-1 Kansas City Chiefs 26 10 16 339 167 172 19 365 150 215 2
4 Sun September 24 boxscore W 3-1 San Francisco 49ers 27 10 22 382 126 256 3 13 191 87 104 5
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L 3-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 20 23 8 146 59 87 1 22 350 198 152 3
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 3-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 3 24 10 142 40 102 2 21 357 200 157 2
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 4-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 14 16 218 48 170 2 20 263 100 163 4
8 Sun October 22 boxscore W 5-3 Washington Redskins 17 6 12 284 105 179 15 283 165 118 3
9 Sun October 29 boxscore L 5-4 @ New Orleans Saints 17 28 17 333 129 204 3 22 300 139 161 1
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 5-5 @ St. Louis Cardinals 10 20 22 311 169 142 5 17 350 211 139 1
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L OT 5-6 @ Washington Redskins 13 16 17 300 147 153 2 23 318 219 99 1
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles 17 19 14 281 181 100 3 23 314 164 150 3
13 Sun November 26 boxscore L 5-8 @ Buffalo Bills 17 41 15 321 222 99 1 27 465 99 366 1
14 Sun December 3 boxscore L 5-9 Los Angeles Rams 17 20 18 333 148 185 5 13 192 94 98
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 6-9 St. Louis Cardinals 17 0 14 255 24 231 2 17 341 198 143 5
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 6-10 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3 20 11 223 175 48 5 16 302 64 238 2

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
9 Joe Pisarcik 26 QB 15 12 4-8-0 143 301 47.5% 2096 12 4.0 23 7.6 67 7.0 4.3 14.7 139.7 52.1 28 205 5.75 3.33 8.5
12 Jerry Golsteyn 24 qb 7 2 1-1-0 12 40 30.0% 110 0 0.0 1 2.5 20 2.8 1.6 9.2 15.7 29.2 8 62 1.00 0.06 16.7 1 1
15 Randy Dean 23 qb 6 2 1-1-0 19 39 48.7% 188 1 2.6 3 7.7 48 4.8 1.9 9.9 31.3 39.3 2 16 4.20 1.39 4.9
13 Dave Jennings* 26 P 16 0 1 1 100.0% -1 0 0.0 0 0.0 -1 -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 -0.1 79.2 0 0 -1.00 -1.00 0.0
34 Larry Mallory 26 16 7 1 1 100.0% 35 0 0.0 0 0.0 35 35.0 35.0 35.0 2.2 118.7 0 0 35.00 35.00 0.0
Team Total 25.8 16 6-10-0 176 382 46.1% 2428 13 3.4 27 7.1 67 6.4 3.9 13.8 151.8 48.9 38 283 5.11 2.83 9.0 1 1
Opp Total 16 210 443 47.4% 2637 10 2.3 21 4.7 6.0 4.27 12.6 164.8 54.2 29 251 5.1 3.5 6.1

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
44 Doug Kotar 27 RB 15 5 149 625 1 46 4.2 41.7 9.9 22 225 10.2 1 31 1.5 15.0 850 2 1
33 Bobby Hammond 26 PR/rb 14 11 131 554 1 39 4.2 39.6 9.4 20 173 8.7 2 26 1.4 12.4 727 3 4
39 Larry Csonka 32 FB 14 12 91 311 6 12 3.4 22.2 6.5 7 73 10.4 0 23 0.5 5.2 384 6 1
38 Billy Taylor 22 13 1 73 250 0 19 3.4 19.2 5.6 9 70 7.8 0 18 0.7 5.4 320 0 3
35 Dan Doornink 22 rb 12 3 60 306 1 24 5.1 25.5 5.0 12 66 5.5 0 24 1.0 5.5 372 1 2
27 Willie Spencer 25 15 0 38 61 2 9 1.6 4.1 2.5 2 25 12.5 0 22 0.1 1.7 86 2 2
9 Joe Pisarcik 26 QB 15 12 17 68 1 11 4.0 4.5 1.1 68 1 2
15 Randy Dean 23 qb 6 2 14 94 0 19 6.7 15.7 2.3 94 0 0
82 Ernest Pough 26 KR 12 0 3 33 0 25 11.0 2.8 0.3 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.2 35 0 2
86 Johnny Perkins 25 WR 14 13 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 32 514 16.1 3 67 2.3 36.7 517 3 0
55 Brian Kelley 27 RLB 16 15 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 1 0 1
12 Jerry Golsteyn 24 qb 7 2 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.4 0.1 -3 0 1
13 Dave Jennings* 26 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
85 Jim Robinson 25 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 620 19.4 2 52 2.0 38.8 620 2 1
84 Al Dixon 24 TE 15 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 376 20.9 3 47 1.2 25.1 376 3 1
87 Gary Shirk 28 te 16 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 127 12.7 2 45 0.6 7.9 127 2 0
89 James Thompson 25 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 113 16.1 0 46 0.5 8.7 113 0 0
80 Emery Moorehead 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 45 15.0 0 25 0.3 4.5 45 0 0
Team Total 25.8 16 580 2304 12 46 4.0 144.0 36.3 176 2428 13.8 13 67 11.0 151.8 4732 25 23
Opp Total 16 640 2656 25 4.2 166.0 40.0 210 2386 11.4 10 13.1 149.1 5042 35 36

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
33 Bobby Hammond 26 PR/rb 14 11 22 157 0 24 7.1 15 290 0 29 19.3 1174
85 Jim Robinson 25 WR 16 16 19 106 0 31 5.6 726
82 Ernest Pough 26 KR 12 0 15 313 0 40 20.9 348
38 Billy Taylor 22 13 1 11 192 0 24 17.5 512
87 Gary Shirk 28 te 16 7 5 63 0 24 12.6 190
24 Terry Jackson 23 LCB 15 14 4 1 0 8 0.3 1
57 John Skorupan 27 16 0 4 52 0 17 13.0 52
44 Doug Kotar 27 RB 15 5 3 51 0 20 17.0 901
80 Emery Moorehead 24 10 0 2 52 0 29 26.0 97
28 Beasley Reece 24 SS 8 8 2 40 0 20 20.0 40
89 James Thompson 25 13 1 2 4 0 4 2.0 117
25 Maurice Tyler 28 8 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 1 2 0 2 2.0 8
51 Frank Marion 27 lb 16 2 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
27 Willie Spencer 25 15 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 100
Team Total 25.8 16 48 274 0 31 5.7 60 1081 0 40 18.0 6087
Opp Total 16 61 624 0 10.2 55 1197 0 21.8

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
13 Dave Jennings* 26 P 16 0 95 3995 68 0 42.1
18 Joe Danelo 25 K 16 0 12 9 8 5 6 5 3 2 29 21 72.4%% 29 27 93.1%%
Team Total 25.8 16 12 9 8 5 6 5 3 2 29 21 72.4%% 29 27 93.1%% 95 3995 68 0 42.1
Opp Total 16 26 12 46.2%% 38 32 84.2%% 90 3339 37.1

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
24 Terry Jackson 23 LCB 15 14 7 115 1 51 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Ernie Jones 25 FS 16 16 3 100 0 52 0 0 0 5 20 0
33 Bobby Hammond 26 PR/rb 14 11 0 4 3 0 0
53 Harry Carson* 25 MLB 16 16 3 86 0 42 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Brian Kelley 27 RLB 16 15 1 20 0 20 0 0 1 2 0 0
13 Dave Jennings* 26 P 16 0 0 1 2 -13 0
9 Joe Pisarcik 26 QB 15 12 0 2 1 -3 0
82 Ernest Pough 26 KR 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
22 Ray Rhodes 28 RCB 13 11 3 74 0 41 0
27 Willie Spencer 25 15 0 0 2 1 0 0
38 Billy Taylor 22 13 1 0 3 0 -11 0
10 Brad Van Pelt* 27 LLB 14 14 3 32 0 20 0
84 Al Dixon 24 TE 15 11 0 1 1 0 0
35 Dan Doornink 22 rb 12 3 0 2 0 0 0
81 Jack Gregory 34 RDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
23 Odis McKinney 21 ss 14 4 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Jim Robinson 25 WR 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
77 Troy Archer 23 RDT 10 8 0 0 1 20 1
21 Bill Bryant 27 11 4 0 0 1 0 0
39 Larry Csonka 32 FB 14 12 0 1 0 0 0
12 Jerry Golsteyn 24 qb 7 2 0 1 0 0 0
70 Gary Jeter 23 rdt 13 8 0 0 1 0 0
44 Doug Kotar 27 RB 15 5 0 1 0 0 0
51 Frank Marion 27 lb 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
64 John Mendenhall 30 LDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
76 Jim Pietrzak 25 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 Maurice Tyler 28 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.8 16 21 438 1 52 0 0 23 28 13 1
Opp Total 16 38 36 18 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
18 Joe Danelo 25 K 16 0 27 21 90
39 Larry Csonka 32 FB 14 12 6 6 36
84 Al Dixon 24 TE 15 11 3 3 18
33 Bobby Hammond 26 PR/rb 14 11 1 2 3 18
86 Johnny Perkins 25 WR 14 13 3 3 18
44 Doug Kotar 27 RB 15 5 1 1 2 12
85 Jim Robinson 25 WR 16 16 2 2 12
87 Gary Shirk 28 te 16 7 2 2 12
27 Willie Spencer 25 15 0 2 2 12
77 Troy Archer 23 RDT 10 8 1 1 6
35 Dan Doornink 22 rb 12 3 1 1 6
24 Terry Jackson 23 LCB 15 14 1 1 6
75 George Martin 25 LDE 16 16 1 1 6
9 Joe Pisarcik 26 QB 15 12 1 1 6
25 Maurice Tyler 28 8 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.8 16 12 13 1 1 2 29 27 21 264
Opp Total 16 25 10 1 2 32 12 1 298

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-02 @ TAM W, 19-13 1 32 interception Terry Jackson 32 yard interception return (Joe Danelo kick)
2 1978-09-02 @ TAM W, 19-13 3 67 pass Johnny Perkins 67 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik
3 1978-09-10 DAL L, 24-34 2 4 pass Al Dixon 4 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
4 1978-09-10 DAL L, 24-34 3 11 rush Bobby Hammond 11 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
5 1978-09-10 DAL L, 24-34 4 1 rush Dan Doornink 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
6 1978-09-17 KAN W, 26-10 1 6 pass Bobby Hammond 6 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
7 1978-09-17 KAN W, 26-10 1 21 pass Johnny Perkins 21 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
8 1978-09-17 KAN W, 26-10 2 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush
9 1978-09-24 SFO W, 27-10 1 29 pass Al Dixon 29 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
10 1978-09-24 SFO W, 27-10 1 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
11 1978-09-24 SFO W, 27-10 3 1 rush Willie Spencer 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
12 1978-10-01 @ ATL L, 20-23 1 6 rush Larry Csonka 6 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
13 1978-10-01 @ ATL L, 20-23 1 83 blocked field goal George Martin 83 yard blocked field goal return (Joe Danelo kick)
14 1978-10-15 TAM W, 17-14 4 7 rush Larry Csonka 7 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
15 1978-10-15 TAM W, 17-14 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
16 1978-10-22 WAS W, 17-6 1 43 pass Jim Robinson 43 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
17 1978-10-22 WAS W, 17-6 2 3 rush Joe Pisarcik 3 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
18 1978-10-29 @ NOR L, 17-28 1 0 fumble Maurice Tyler 0 yard fumble return (Joe Danelo kick)
19 1978-10-29 @ NOR L, 17-28 2 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
20 1978-11-05 @ STL L, 10-20 4 52 pass Jim Robinson 52 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
21 1978-11-12 @ WAS L, 13-16 4 20 fumble Troy Archer 20 yard fumble return (Joe Danelo kick)
22 1978-11-19 PHI L, 17-19 1 19 pass Bobby Hammond 19 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
23 1978-11-19 PHI L, 17-19 1 30 pass Johnny Perkins 30 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
24 1978-11-26 @ BUF L, 17-41 1 31 pass Al Dixon 31 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
25 1978-11-26 @ BUF L, 17-41 3 19 pass Doug Kotar 19 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
26 1978-12-03 RAM L, 17-20 2 4 pass Gary Shirk 4 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
27 1978-12-03 RAM L, 17-20 4 1 rush Willie Spencer 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
28 1978-12-10 STL W, 17-0 1 6 pass Gary Shirk 6 yard pass from Randy Dean (Joe Danelo kick)
29 1978-12-10 STL W, 17-0 4 12 rush Doug Kotar 12 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-02 @ TAM L, 13-19 1 2 rush Jimmy DuBose 2 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
2 1978-09-10 DAL W, 34-24 1 4 pass Billy Joe DuPree 4 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
3 1978-09-10 DAL W, 34-24 2 2 rush Robert Newhouse 2 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
4 1978-09-10 DAL W, 34-24 2 2 pass Jay Saldi 2 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
5 1978-09-10 DAL W, 34-24 3 1 rush Robert Newhouse 1 yard rush
6 1978-09-10 DAL W, 34-24 4 3 rush Tony Dorsett 3 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
7 1978-09-17 KAN L, 10-26 2 2 rush Ted McKnight 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
8 1978-09-24 SFO L, 10-27 4 2 rush Steve DeBerg 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
9 1978-10-01 @ ATL W, 23-20 2 54 pass Wallace Francis 54 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
10 1978-10-01 @ ATL W, 23-20 3 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
11 1978-10-01 @ ATL W, 23-20 4 9 rush Haskel Stanback 9 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
12 1978-10-08 @ DAL W, 24-3 1 17 pass Tony Hill 17 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
13 1978-10-08 @ DAL W, 24-3 2 23 pass Billy Joe DuPree 23 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
14 1978-10-08 @ DAL W, 24-3 3 30 pass Tony Hill 30 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
15 1978-10-15 TAM L, 14-17 2 3 rush Johnny Davis 3 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
16 1978-10-15 TAM L, 14-17 2 1 rush Jimmy DuBose 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
17 1978-10-29 @ NOR W, 28-17 2 1 rush Chuck Muncie 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
18 1978-10-29 @ NOR W, 28-17 3 1 pass Henry Childs 1 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1978-10-29 @ NOR W, 28-17 4 20 rush Tony Galbreath 20 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1978-10-29 @ NOR W, 28-17 4 3 pass Henry Childs 3 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1978-11-05 @ STL W, 20-10 1 5 pass Al Chandler 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1978-11-05 @ STL W, 20-10 2 2 rush Jim Otis 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1978-11-05 @ STL W, 20-10 2 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush
24 1978-11-12 @ WAS W, 16-13 4 1 rush Mike Thomas 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
25 1978-11-19 PHI W, 19-17 2 8 rush Wilbert Montgomery 8 yard rush
26 1978-11-19 PHI W, 19-17 4 1 rush Mike Hogan 1 yard rush
27 1978-11-19 PHI W, 19-17 4 26 fumble Herman Edwards 26 yard fumble return (Mike Michel kick)
28 1978-11-26 @ BUF W, 41-17 1 1 rush Curtis Brown 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
29 1978-11-26 @ BUF W, 41-17 3 1 rush Roland Hooks 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
30 1978-11-26 @ BUF W, 41-17 4 1 rush Curtis Brown 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
31 1978-11-26 @ BUF W, 41-17 4 9 pass Lou Piccone 9 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
32 1978-11-26 @ BUF W, 41-17 4 39 rush Terry Miller 39 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
33 1978-11-26 @ BUF W, 41-17 4 13 rush Terry Miller 13 yard rush
34 1978-12-03 RAM W, 20-17 2 6 rush Cullen Bryant 6 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
35 1978-12-03 RAM W, 20-17 4 33 interception Pat Thomas 33 yard interception return (Frank Corral kick)
36 1978-12-17 @ PHI W, 20-3 1 2 rush Wilbert Montgomery 2 yard rush
37 1978-12-17 @ PHI W, 20-3 1 7 rush Wilbert Montgomery 7 yard rush (Mike Michel kick)
38 1978-12-17 @ PHI W, 20-3 4 9 interception Frank LeMaster 9 yard interception return (Mike Michel kick)