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1979 New York Giants

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.1, Offense: -5.4, Defense: -0.8, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 237 points (14.8/g), 27th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 323 points (20.2/g), 14th.
 Differential of -86 points (-5.4/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 5.2-10.8.

Coach: Ray Perkins (6-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Parcells
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Special Teams)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Wellington Mara
General Manager George Young
Offensive Scheme Erhardt-Perkins
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 237 3774 958 3.9 40 18 30 223 190 401 1954 15 22 4.2 111 498 1820 12 3.7 82
Team Defense 323 5378 1113 4.8 38 17 33 322 253 463 2926 22 21 5.9 159 618 2452 14 4.0 130
Lg Rank Offense 27 28 17 16 28 23 27 23 12 27 21 22 24 23
Lg Rank Defense 14 19 14 12 22 13 17 20 15 16 26 22 8 13

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore L 0-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 23 18 285 222 63 2 16 315 161 154 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 0-2 St. Louis Cardinals 14 27 10 128 88 40 3 23 348 159 189 4
3 Mon September 17 boxscore L 0-3 @ Washington Redskins 0 27 13 206 93 113 2 22 282 141 141 2
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 0-4 Philadelphia Eagles 13 17 14 229 83 146 2 19 326 139 187 3
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-5 @ New Orleans Saints 14 24 13 285 163 122 3 21 362 195 167 3
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 1-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 14 15 220 18 202 1 15 273 182 91 3
7 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-5 San Francisco 49ers 32 16 21 377 280 97 2 21 353 237 116 3
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 3-5 @ Kansas City Chiefs 21 17 13 226 126 100 1 28 463 294 169 4
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 4-5 @ Los Angeles Rams 20 14 10 234 124 110 1 20 366 271 95 4
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 4-6 Dallas Cowboys 14 16 12 249 133 116 1 19 344 238 106 1
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 5-6 Atlanta Falcons 24 3 15 219 144 75 4 16 249 129 120 4
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 5-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 31 14 200 105 95 4 20 363 176 187
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W 6-7 Washington Redskins 14 6 16 267 74 193 1 12 225 104 121 1
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 6-8 @ Dallas Cowboys 7 28 14 197 98 99 3 21 316 150 166
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 6-9 @ St. Louis Cardinals 20 29 15 257 171 86 5 26 406 174 232 2
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 6-10 Baltimore Colts 7 31 10 195 32 163 5 23 387 176 211 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
11 Phil Simms 24 QB 12 11 6-5-0 134 265 50.6% 1743 13 4.9 14 5.3 61 6.6 5.2 13.0 145.3 66.0 39 319 4.68 3.47 12.8 0 0
9 Joe Pisarcik 27 qb 4 4 0-4-0 43 108 39.8% 537 2 1.9 6 5.6 48 5.0 2.8 12.5 134.3 39.0 17 123 3.31 1.47 13.6
15 Randy Dean 24 16 1 0-1-0 11 26 42.3% 91 0 0.0 2 7.7 20 3.5 0.0 8.3 5.7 19.9 3 23 2.34 -0.76 10.3
13 Dave Jennings*+ 27 P 16 0 2 2 100.0% 48 0 0.0 0 0.0 28 24.0 24.0 24.0 3.0 118.7 0 0 24.00 24.00 0.0
Team Total 25.9 16 6-10-0 190 401 47.4% 2419 15 3.7 22 5.5 61 6.0 4.3 12.7 151.2 56.3 59 465 4.25 2.75 12.8 0 0
Opp Total 16 253 463 54.6% 3154 22 4.8 21 4.5 6.8 5.72 12.5 197.1 72.9 32 228 5.9 4.9 6.5

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
38 Billy Taylor 23 FB 16 9 198 700 7 31 3.5 43.8 12.4 28 253 9.0 4 43 1.8 15.8 953 11 4
44 Doug Kotar 28 RB 16 14 160 616 3 32 3.9 38.5 10.0 25 230 9.2 0 37 1.6 14.4 846 3 3
48 Ken Johnson 23 9 6 62 168 0 12 2.7 18.7 6.9 16 108 6.8 1 15 1.8 12.0 276 1 3
80 Emery Moorehead 25 te 13 3 36 95 0 11 2.6 7.3 2.8 9 62 6.9 0 19 0.7 4.8 157 0 0
11 Phil Simms 24 QB 12 11 29 166 1 27 5.7 13.8 2.4 166 1 9
15 Randy Dean 24 16 1 8 56 1 19 7.0 3.5 0.5 56 1 0
83 Earnest Gray 22 WR 16 14 2 2 0 9 1.0 0.1 0.1 28 537 19.2 4 53 1.8 33.6 539 4 1
13 Dave Jennings*+ 27 P 16 0 2 11 0 9 5.5 0.7 0.1 11 0 0
9 Joe Pisarcik 27 qb 4 4 1 6 0 6 6.0 1.5 0.3 6 0 1
87 Gary Shirk 29 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 471 15.2 2 61 1.9 29.4 471 2 2
86 Johnny Perkins 26 13 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 337 16.9 4 38 1.5 25.9 337 4 1
88 Dwight Scales 26 wr 15 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 222 15.9 0 55 0.9 14.8 222 0 0
85 Jim Robinson 26 WR 11 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 146 11.2 0 31 1.2 13.3 146 0 2
84 Al Dixon 25 te 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 18 9.0 0 11 0.4 3.6 18 0 0
18 Joe Danelo 26 K 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
81 Cleveland Jackson 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.5 3.5 7 0 0
89 Loaird McCreary 26 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.6 7 0 0
10 Brad Van Pelt* 28 LOLB 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 1.3 20 0 0
Team Total 25.9 16 498 1820 12 32 3.7 113.8 31.1 190 2419 12.7 15 61 11.9 151.2 4239 27 34
Opp Total 16 618 2452 14 4.0 153.3 38.6 253 2926 11.6 22 15.8 182.9 5378 36 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
84 Steve Odom 27 KR/PR 6 0 9 26 0 10 2.9 15 327 0 75 21.8 353
33 Bobby Hammond 27 4 0 6 21 0 8 3.5 11 230 0 39 20.9 251
34 Tony Green 23 4 0 3 17 0 8 5.7 12 214 0 31 17.8 231
85 Jim Robinson 26 WR 11 7 6 29 0 13 4.8 7 140 0 30 20.0 315
28 Beasley Reece 25 SS 16 16 1 8 0 8 8.0 6 81 0 21 13.5 89
38 Billy Taylor 23 FB 16 9 6 131 0 31 21.8 1084
29 Eddie Hicks 24 14 0 3 51 0 21 17.0 51
44 Doug Kotar 28 RB 16 14 2 39 0 23 19.5 885
88 Dwight Scales 26 wr 15 5 2 3 0 3 1.5 225
59 Randy Coffield 26 9 1 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
83 Earnest Gray 22 WR 16 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 539
24 Terry Jackson 24 LCB 16 16 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
54 Dan Lloyd 26 LILB 13 8 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
51 Frank Marion 28 16 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
80 Emery Moorehead 25 te 13 3 1 16 0 16 16.0 173
Team Total 25.9 16 28 109 0 13 3.9 67 1255 0 75 18.7 5603
Opp Total 16 60 447 0 7.5 44 900 0 20.5

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
13 Dave Jennings*+ 27 P 16 0 104 4445 72 0 42.7
18 Joe Danelo 26 K 16 0 3 3 3 2 11 4 3 20 9 45.0%% 29 28 96.6%%
Team Total 25.9 16 3 3 3 2 11 4 3 20 9 45.0%% 29 28 96.6%% 104 4445 72 0 42.7
Opp Total 16 35 18 51.4%% 39 35 89.7%% 80 2936 36.7

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
11 Phil Simms 24 QB 12 11 0 9 0 -2 0
53 Harry Carson* 26 RILB 16 15 3 28 0 14 0 0 0 3 22 1
55 Brian Kelley 28 ROLB 16 16 3 41 0 16 0 0 0 2 4 0
24 Terry Jackson 24 LCB 16 16 3 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 -2 0
84 Steve Odom 27 KR/PR 6 0 0 4 0 0 0
28 Beasley Reece 25 SS 16 16 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 11 0
22 Ray Rhodes 29 RCB 15 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
38 Billy Taylor 23 FB 16 9 0 4 0 0 0
45 Alan Caldwell 23 16 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 Bobby Hammond 27 4 0 0 2 1 0 0
48 Ken Johnson 23 9 6 0 3 0 0 0
44 Doug Kotar 28 RB 16 14 0 3 0 0 0
75 George Martin 26 LDE 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
23 Odis McKinney 22 15 2 1 25 0 25 0 0 1 1 0 0
25 Ray Oldham 28 FS 15 9 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Gary Shirk 29 TE 16 15 0 2 1 0 0
31 Ernie Jones 26 5 5 2 42 1 31 0
54 Dan Lloyd 26 LILB 13 8 2 10 0 7 0
86 Johnny Perkins 26 13 6 0 1 1 0 0
85 Jim Robinson 26 WR 11 7 0 2 0 0 0
60 Brad Benson 24 LT 10 10 0 0 1 0 0
56 Jim Clack 32 C 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
58 Keith Eck 24 13 1 0 0 1 0 0
83 Earnest Gray 22 WR 16 14 0 1 0 0 0
70 Gary Jeter 24 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
72 Gordon King 23 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Frank Marion 28 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Mike McCoy 31 3 2 0 0 1 0 0
74 Tom Neville 36 RT 14 11 0 0 1 0 0
9 Joe Pisarcik 27 qb 4 4 0 1 0 0 0
80 Phil Tabor 23 15 8 0 0 1 0 0
10 Brad Van Pelt* 28 LOLB 16 16 0 0 1 42 0
Team Total 25.9 16 21 165 1 31 0 0 34 29 82 1 1
Opp Total 16 59 36 19

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
38 Billy Taylor 23 FB 16 9 7 4 11 66
18 Joe Danelo 26 K 16 0 28 9 55
83 Earnest Gray 22 WR 16 14 4 4 24
86 Johnny Perkins 26 13 6 4 4 24
44 Doug Kotar 28 RB 16 14 3 3 18
87 Gary Shirk 29 TE 16 15 2 2 12
53 Harry Carson* 26 RILB 16 15 1 1 6
15 Randy Dean 24 16 1 1 1 6
24 Terry Jackson 24 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
48 Ken Johnson 23 9 6 1 1 6
31 Ernie Jones 26 5 5 1 1 6
11 Phil Simms 24 QB 12 11 1 1 6
57 John Skorupan 28 14 0 1 2
Team Total 25.9 16 12 15 1 1 1 30 28 9 1 237
Opp Total 16 14 22 2 1 35 18 323

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 @ PHI L, 17-23 3 15 pass Johnny Perkins 15 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
2 1979-09-02 @ PHI L, 17-23 4 38 pass Johnny Perkins 38 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
3 1979-09-09 STL L, 14-27 1 1 rush Doug Kotar 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
4 1979-09-09 STL L, 14-27 1 31 interception Ernie Jones 31 yard interception return (Joe Danelo kick)
5 1979-09-23 PHI L, 13-17 4 6 rush Randy Dean 6 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
6 1979-09-30 @ NOR L, 14-24 3 5 rush Billy Taylor 5 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
7 1979-09-30 @ NOR L, 14-24 4 11 pass Ken Johnson 11 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
8 1979-10-07 TAM W, 17-14 2 2 rush Billy Taylor 2 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
9 1979-10-07 TAM W, 17-14 2 1 rush Billy Taylor 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
10 1979-10-14 SFO W, 32-16 2 17 rush Phil Simms 17 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
11 1979-10-14 SFO W, 32-16 2 13 pass Earnest Gray 13 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
12 1979-10-14 SFO W, 32-16 2 1 rush Doug Kotar 1 yard rush (run failed)
13 1979-10-14 SFO W, 32-16 2 11 pass Earnest Gray 11 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
14 1979-10-21 @ KAN W, 21-17 3 53 pass Earnest Gray 53 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
15 1979-10-21 @ KAN W, 21-17 3 3 rush Billy Taylor 3 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
16 1979-10-21 @ KAN W, 21-17 4 22 fumble Harry Carson 22 yard fumble return (Joe Danelo kick)
17 1979-10-28 @ RAM W, 20-14 2 19 pass Gary Shirk 19 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
18 1979-10-28 @ RAM W, 20-14 4 14 pass Johnny Perkins 14 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
19 1979-11-04 DAL L, 14-16 2 32 pass Johnny Perkins 32 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
20 1979-11-04 DAL L, 14-16 4 23 pass Billy Taylor 23 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
21 1979-11-11 ATL W, 24-3 2 47 blocked punt Terry Jackson 47 yard blocked punt return (Joe Danelo kick)
22 1979-11-11 ATL W, 24-3 3 1 rush Billy Taylor 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
23 1979-11-11 ATL W, 24-3 4 35 pass Gary Shirk 35 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
24 1979-11-25 WAS W, 14-6 1 1 rush Doug Kotar 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
25 1979-11-25 WAS W, 14-6 4 1 rush Billy Taylor 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
26 1979-12-02 @ DAL L, 7-28 1 2 rush Billy Taylor 2 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
27 1979-12-09 @ STL L, 20-29 3 18 pass Billy Taylor 18 yard pass from Phil Simms
28 1979-12-09 @ STL L, 20-29 4 23 pass Billy Taylor 23 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
29 1979-12-09 @ STL L, 20-29 4 23 pass Billy Taylor 23 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
30 1979-12-16 BAL L, 7-31 3 4 pass Earnest Gray 4 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 @ PHI W, 23-17 2 1 rush Billy Campfield 1 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
2 1979-09-02 @ PHI W, 23-17 2 7 pass Harold Carmichael 7 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
3 1979-09-02 @ PHI W, 23-17 2 41 pass Harold Carmichael 41 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
4 1979-09-09 STL W, 27-14 2 1 rush Theotis Brown 1 yard rush (Mike Wood kick)
5 1979-09-09 STL W, 27-14 2 29 fumble Mark Arneson 29 yard fumble return (Mike Wood kick)
6 1979-09-09 STL W, 27-14 3 2 rush Wayne Morris 2 yard rush (Mike Wood kick)
7 1979-09-09 STL W, 27-14 3 28 pass Al Chandler 28 yard pass from Jim Hart
8 1979-09-17 @ WAS W, 27-0 2 31 interception Karl Lorch 31 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
9 1979-09-17 @ WAS W, 27-0 2 4 pass Clarence Harmon 4 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
10 1979-09-17 @ WAS W, 27-0 3 7 rush Joe Theismann 7 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
11 1979-09-23 PHI W, 17-13 1 53 pass Wilbert Montgomery 53 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
12 1979-09-23 PHI W, 17-13 2 11 pass Keith Krepfle 11 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
13 1979-09-30 @ NOR W, 24-14 2 10 rush Chuck Muncie 10 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1979-09-30 @ NOR W, 24-14 3 24 pass Ike Harris 24 yard pass from Archie Manning (Garo Yepremian kick)
15 1979-09-30 @ NOR W, 24-14 4 3 rush Chuck Muncie 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
16 1979-10-07 TAM L, 14-17 2 14 pass Larry Mucker 14 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
17 1979-10-07 TAM L, 14-17 4 11 pass Jimmie Giles 11 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
18 1979-10-14 SFO L, 16-32 3 13 pass Mike Shumann 13 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1979-10-14 SFO L, 16-32 4 11 pass Freddie Solomon 11 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (pass failed)
20 1979-10-21 @ KAN L, 17-21 2 1 rush Arnold Morgado 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1979-10-21 @ KAN L, 17-21 4 38 pass Henry Marshall 38 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1979-10-28 @ RAM L, 14-20 3 21 pass Eddie Hill 21 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
23 1979-10-28 @ RAM L, 14-20 4 3 pass Preston Dennard 3 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
24 1979-11-04 DAL W, 16-14 4 32 pass Drew Pearson 32 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
25 1979-11-18 @ TAM W, 31-3 2 10 pass Larry Mucker 10 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
26 1979-11-18 @ TAM W, 31-3 2 39 fumble Dave Lewis 39 yard fumble return (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
27 1979-11-18 @ TAM W, 31-3 3 42 pass Larry Mucker 42 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
28 1979-11-18 @ TAM W, 31-3 4 4 rush Johnny Davis 4 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
29 1979-12-02 @ DAL W, 28-7 2 7 pass Drew Pearson 7 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
30 1979-12-02 @ DAL W, 28-7 3 8 pass Drew Pearson 8 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
31 1979-12-02 @ DAL W, 28-7 3 44 pass Drew Pearson 44 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
32 1979-12-02 @ DAL W, 28-7 4 1 rush Tony Dorsett 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
33 1979-12-09 @ STL W, 29-20 1 9 rush Ottis Anderson 9 yard rush
34 1979-12-09 @ STL W, 29-20 3 7 pass Pat Tilley 7 yard pass from Steve Pisarkiewicz (Steve Little kick)
35 1979-12-09 @ STL W, 29-20 4 6 rush Ottis Anderson 6 yard rush (Steve Little kick)
36 1979-12-16 BAL W, 31-7 1 3 rush Roosevelt Leaks 3 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
37 1979-12-16 BAL W, 31-7 2 10 pass Mike Siani 10 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
38 1979-12-16 BAL W, 31-7 3 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
39 1979-12-16 BAL W, 31-7 4 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)