1976 New York Giants season
|1976 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Bill Arnsparger (fired week 7, 0–7 record)|
John McVay (interim)
|Home field||Giants Stadium|
|Division place||5th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||LB Brad Van Pelt|
The season was highlighted by the opening of the new Giants Stadium at the New Jersey Meadowlands in East Rutherford on October 10. In the first game at the stadium, after four road games to open the season, the defending NFC champion Dallas Cowboys handed New York a 24–14 loss. The Giants then suffered defeats against the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers, falling to 0–7 after week 7. At this time, they fired third-year head coach Bill Arnsparger, whose Giants teams had lost 28 times in 35 games. John McVay was named the team's interim coach, although director of operations Andy Robustelli said the appointment was "not strictly" on a temporary basis.
New York lost its first two games under McVay, against the Philadelphia Eagles and Cowboys. The Giants' first win at Giants Stadium came on November 14, when they defeated the Washington Redskins 12–9; it was their first victory of the season after nine consecutive losses. In their final four games, they won twice. Linebacker Brad Van Pelt became the first Giant to receive a Pro Bowl invitation since 1972. Following the season, McVay remained the Giants' head coach, signing a two-year contract.
For the 1976 season and now based in New Jersey, the Giants debuted their new helmet design, changing from a stylized “NY” to the word “GIANTS”, underlined in block letters. They wore this helmet through the 1999 season.
|1||September 12, 1976||at Washington Redskins||L 19–17|
|2||September 19, 1976||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 20–7|
|3||September 26, 1976||at Los Angeles Rams||L 24–10|
|4||October 3, 1976||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 27–21|
|5||October 10, 1976||Dallas Cowboys||L 24–14|
|6||October 17, 1976||at Minnesota Vikings||L 24–7|
|7||October 24, 1976||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 27–0|
|8||October 31, 1976||Philadelphia Eagles||L 10–0|
|9||November 7, 1976||at Dallas Cowboys||L 9–3|
|10||November 14, 1976||Washington Redskins||W 12–9|
|11||November 21, 1976||at Denver Broncos||L 14–13|
|12||November 28, 1976||Seattle Seahawks||W 28–16|
|13||December 5, 1976||Detroit Lions||W 24–10|
|14||December 12, 1976||St. Louis Cardinals||L 17–14|
|St. Louis Cardinals||10||4||0||.714||5–3||9–3||309||267||W2|
|New York Giants||3||11||0||.214||1–7||3–9||170||250||L1|
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