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1981 New York Giants

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9-7-0, NFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.4, Offense: -2.2, Defense: 5.5, SoS: 1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 295 points (18.4/g), 22nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 257 points (16.1/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 38 points (2.4/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-6.7.

Coach: Ray Perkins (9-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Parcells
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Special Teams/Linebackers) and Romeo Crennel (Special Teams/Defensive Assistant)

Stadium: The Meadowlands
 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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 295 4326 1034 4.2 36 16 21 253 251 506 2641 16 20 4.8 140 481 1685 11 3.5 92
Team Defense 257 4825 1141 4.2 34 17 29 291 294 544 2934 14 17 5.0 156 553 1891 10 3.4 106
Lg Rank Offense 22 28 7 7 27 12 24 23 9 27 20 25 21 26
Lg Rank Defense 3 3 21 14 8 23 7 4 21 2 24 10 2 1

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore L 0-1 Philadelphia Eagles 10 24 14 230 175 55 1 21 325 147 178 2
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-1 @ Washington Redskins 17 7 10 157 86 71 2 19 349 284 65 4
3 Sun September 20 boxscore W 2-1 New Orleans Saints 20 7 26 421 315 106 2 18 299 190 109 3
4 Sun September 27 boxscore L 2-2 @ Dallas Cowboys 10 18 16 343 258 85 3 16 317 193 124
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 2-3 Green Bay Packers 14 27 17 262 221 41 2 27 363 215 148 1
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 3-3 St. Louis Cardinals 34 14 27 377 179 198 1 19 285 184 101 4
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 4-3 @ Seattle Seahawks 32 0 20 301 88 213 1 10 127 98 29 4
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W OT 5-3 @ Atlanta Falcons 27 24 12 289 213 76 23 430 289 141 2
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 5-4 New York Jets 7 26 10 166 111 55 3 13 299 185 114 1
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L 5-5 @ Green Bay Packers 24 26 17 321 233 88 7 13 267 185 82 2
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L OT 5-6 Washington Redskins 27 30 17 248 152 96 2 29 418 234 184 1
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-6 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 10 14 292 172 120 3 20 293 154 139 1
13 Sun November 29 boxscore L 6-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 17 12 223 143 80 5 19 337 214 123
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 7-7 Los Angeles Rams 10 7 10 147 60 87 16 240 68 172 3
15 Sun December 13 boxscore W 8-7 @ St. Louis Cardinals 20 10 16 252 77 175 2 12 222 130 92 3
16 Sat December 19 boxscore W OT 9-7 Dallas Cowboys 13 10 15 297 158 139 2 16 254 164 90 3
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 27 boxscore W 10-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 27 21 16 275 92 183 1 19 226 133 93 2
Division Sun January 3 boxscore L 10-8 @ San Francisco 49ers 24 38 13 346 281 65 4 24 423 288 135 1

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Phil Simms 26 QB 10 10 5-5-0 172 316 54.4 2031 11 3.5 9 2.8 80 6.4 5.8 11.8 203.1 74.0 38 301 4.89 4.36 10.7 0 2
12 Scott Brunner 24 qb 16 6 4-2-0 79 190 41.6 978 5 2.6 11 5.8 43 5.1 3.1 12.4 61.1 42.8 9 67 4.58 2.59 4.5 1 3
Team Total 25.8 16 9-7-0 251 506 49.6 3009 16 3.2 20 4.0 80 5.9 4.8 12.0 188.1 62.3 47 368 4.78 3.73 8.5 1 5
Opp Total 16 294 544 54.0 3318 14 2.6 17 3.1 6.1 5.21 11.3 207.4 68.1 44 384 5.0 4.2 7.5

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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
26 Rob Carpenter 26 FB 10 8 190 748 5 35 3.9 74.8 19.0 24 201 8.4 0 37 2.4 20.1 949 5 2
30 Leon Perry 24 RB 16 8 72 257 0 23 3.6 16.1 4.5 13 140 10.8 1 24 0.8 8.8 397 1 4
45 Leon Bright 26 KR/PR 15 1 51 197 2 25 3.9 13.1 3.4 28 291 10.4 0 36 1.9 19.4 488 2 3
44 Doug Kotar 30 rb 7 4 46 154 1 18 3.3 22.0 6.6 9 32 3.6 0 11 1.3 4.6 186 1 0
38 Billy Taylor 25 rb 5 3 36 110 2 14 3.1 22.0 7.2 8 71 8.9 0 39 1.6 14.2 181 2 2
21 Louis Jackson 23 rb 11 3 27 68 1 9 2.5 6.2 2.5 3 25 8.3 0 19 0.3 2.3 93 1 1
35 Ike Forte 27 rb 5 3 19 74 0 15 3.9 14.8 3.8 3 11 3.7 0 6 0.6 2.2 85 0 1
11 Phil Simms 26 QB 10 10 19 42 0 24 2.2 4.2 1.9 42 0 7
12 Scott Brunner 24 qb 16 6 14 20 0 23 1.4 1.3 0.9 20 0 6
41 Bo Matthews 30 rb 5 1 4 14 0 6 3.5 2.8 0.8 2 13 6.5 0 11 0.4 2.6 27 0 0
86 Johnny Perkins 28 WR 16 14 2 -1 0 10 -0.5 -0.1 0.1 51 858 16.8 6 80 3.2 53.6 857 6 2
84 Alvin Garrett 25 9 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 2 0 1
87 Gary Shirk 31 TE 16 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 42 445 10.6 3 46 2.6 27.8 445 3 1
83 Earnest Gray 24 wr 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 360 16.4 2 45 1.4 22.5 360 2 1
88 Mike Friede 24 WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 250 13.9 1 43 1.1 15.6 250 1 0
81 Tom Mullady 24 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 136 9.7 1 21 0.9 8.5 136 1 1
85 John Mistler 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 119 14.9 1 31 0.5 7.4 119 1 0
89 Dave Young 22 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 49 9.8 1 15 0.5 4.5 49 1 0
82 Danny Pittman 23 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 1.0 8 0 2
Team Total 25.8 16 481 1685 11 35 3.5 105.3 30.1 251 3009 12.0 16 80 15.7 188.1 4694 27 38
Opp Total 16 553 1891 10 3.4 118.2 34.6 294 2934 10.0 14 18.4 183.4 4825 24 38

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
45 Leon Bright 26 KR/PR 15 1 52 410 0 55 7.9 25 481 0 41 19.2 1379
84 Alvin Garrett 25 9 0 8 57 0 18 7.1 16 361 0 35 22.6 420
82 Danny Pittman 23 8 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 10 194 0 34 19.4 215
46 Mike Dennis 23 16 0 3 51 0 17 17.0 51
24 Terry Jackson 26 RCB 16 16 2 22 0 21 11.0 22
52 Joe McLaughlin 24 16 0 2 9 0 5 4.5 9
28 Beasley Reece 27 FS 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 24 0 24 24.0 24
Team Total 25.8 16 64 502 0 55 7.8 57 1120 0 41 19.6 6316
Opp Total 16 61 561 1 9.2 50 959 0 19.2

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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 29 P 16 0 97 4198 62 0 43.3
18 Joe Danelo 28 K 16 0 1 1 9 7 9 7 11 6 8 3 38 24 63.2% 31 31 100.0%
Team Total 25.8 16 1 1 9 7 9 7 11 6 8 3 38 24 63.2% 31 31 100.0% 97 4198 62 0 43.3
Opp Total 16 33 22 66.7% 27 27 100.0% 105 4158 39.6

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
28 Beasley Reece 27 FS 16 16 4 84 0 32 0 0 1 5 7 1
11 Phil Simms 26 QB 10 10 0 7 2 -15 0
12 Scott Brunner 24 qb 16 6 0 6 2 -3 0
45 Leon Bright 26 KR/PR 15 1 0 3 4 0 0
30 Leon Perry 24 RB 16 8 0 4 2 2 0
29 Bill Currier 26 SS 16 14 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Ernie Hughes 26 C 10 10 0 2 2 0 0
24 Terry Jackson 26 RCB 16 16 3 57 1 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Brian Kelley 30 LILB 16 16 2 43 0 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
75 George Martin 28 lde 16 6 0 0 3 28 2
82 Danny Pittman 23 8 0 0 2 1 0 0
56 Lawrence Taylor*+ 22 ROLB 16 16 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 0
10 Brad Van Pelt 30 LOLB 14 13 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Rob Carpenter 26 FB 10 8 0 2 0 0 0
37 Larry Flowers 23 db 16 2 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Mark Haynes 23 LCB 16 16 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Johnny Perkins 28 WR 16 14 0 2 0 0 0
69 Roy Simmons 25 LG 16 10 0 0 2 0 0
38 Billy Taylor 25 rb 5 3 0 2 0 0 0
67 Billy Ard 22 lg 13 6 0 0 1 0 0
53 Harry Carson* 28 RILB 16 16 0 0 1 2 0
35 Ike Forte 27 rb 5 3 0 1 0 0 0
84 Alvin Garrett 25 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
83 Earnest Gray 24 wr 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
57 Byron Hunt 23 lb 16 3 1 7 0 7 0
21 Louis Jackson 23 rb 11 3 0 1 0 0 0
72 Gordon King 25 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
51 Frank Marion 30 16 0 0 0 1 3 0
81 Tom Mullady 24 te 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
77 Bill Neill 22 NT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
87 Gary Shirk 31 TE 16 14 0 1 0 0 0
74 Tim Stokes 31 t 3 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.8 16 17 222 1 32 0 0 38 38 28 3
Opp Total 16 47 38 21 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
18 Joe Danelo 28 K 16 0 31 24 103
86 Johnny Perkins 28 WR 16 14 6 6 36
26 Rob Carpenter 26 FB 10 8 5 5 30
87 Gary Shirk 31 TE 16 14 3 3 18
45 Leon Bright 26 KR/PR 15 1 2 2 12
83 Earnest Gray 24 wr 16 3 2 2 12
75 George Martin 28 lde 16 6 2 2 12
38 Billy Taylor 25 rb 5 3 2 2 12
46 Mike Dennis 23 16 0 1 1 6
88 Mike Friede 24 WR 16 15 1 1 6
21 Louis Jackson 23 rb 11 3 1 1 6
24 Terry Jackson 26 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
44 Doug Kotar 30 rb 7 4 1 1 6
85 John Mistler 23 16 0 1 1 6
81 Tom Mullady 24 te 16 3 1 1 6
30 Leon Perry 24 RB 16 8 1 1 6
28 Beasley Reece 27 FS 16 16 1 1 6
89 Dave Young 22 11 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.8 16 11 16 3 1 1 32 31 24 295
Opp Total 16 10 14 1 2 27 22 1 257