1987 New York Giants season

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1987 New York Giants season
New York Giants wordmark.svg
Head coachBill Parcells
General managerGeorge Young
OwnerWellington Mara
Home fieldGiants Stadium
Results
Record6–9
Division place5th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Lawrence Taylor

The 1987 New York Giants season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League and their fifth under head coach Bill Parcells. The Giants entered the season as the defending Super Bowl champion but failed to qualify for the playoffs. They were the sixth team in NFL history to enter a season as the defending Super Bowl champion and miss the playoffs.[1] The Giants started the season 0–5, becoming the first defending Super Bowl champion to lose their first 5 games. Ultimately, the Giants never recovered from their 0–5 start and failed to improve on their 14–2 record from 1986 and finished at 6–9. They were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 1983. They also placed last in their division for the first time since that same season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

1987 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 28 Mark Ingram  WR Michigan State
2 55 Adrian White  DB Florida
3 83 Stephen Baker  WR Fresno State
4 112 Odessa Turner  WR Northwest State
4 Supp. Rod Randle  DB Army
5 140 Paul O'Connor  G Miami (FL)
6 160 Tim Richardson  RB Pacific
6 168 Doug Riesenberg  OT California
8 223 Rod Jones  TE Washington
9 225 Stan Parker  G Nebraska
9 251 Dana Wright  RB Findlay
10 279 Chuck Faucette  LB Maryland
11 307 Dave Walter  QB Michigan Tech
12 321 Bill Berthusen  DT Iowa State
12 329 Chad Stark  RB North Dakota State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 New York Giants staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Bill Belichick
  • Defensive Line – Lamar Leachman
  • Defensive Backfield – Len Fontes
  • Defensive Assistant – Mike Sweatman

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Romeo Crennel
  • Assistant Special Teams – Mike Sweatman

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Johnny Parker

NFL replacement players[edit]

After the league decided to use replacement players during the NFLPA strike, the following team was assembled:

Roster of the 1987 Replacement Giants

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Roster[edit]

1987 New York Giants roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
recap
1 September 14 at Chicago Bears L 19–34 0–1 Soldier Field
65,704
Recap
2 September 20 Dallas Cowboys L 14–16 0–2 Giants Stadium
73,426
Recap
3 N/A Miami Dolphins Cancelled due to the 1987 NFL strike
4 October 5 San Francisco 49ers L 21–41 0–3 Giants Stadium
16,471
Recap
5 October 11 Washington Redskins L 12– 38 0–4 Giants Stadium
9,123
Recap
6 October 18 at Buffalo Bills L 3–6 (OT) 0–5 Rich Stadium
15,737
Recap
7 October 25 St. Louis Cardinals W 30–7 1–5 Giants Stadium
74,391
Recap
8 November 2 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–33 1–6 Texas Stadium
55,730
Recap
9 November 8 New England Patriots W 17–10 2–6 Giants Stadium
73,817
Recap
10 November 15 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–17 3–6 Veterans Stadium
66,172
Recap
11 November 22 at New Orleans Saints L 14–23 3–7 Louisiana Superdome
67,639
Recap
12 November 29 at Washington Redskins L 19–23 3–8 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
45,815
Recap
13 December 6 Philadelphia Eagles W 23–20 (OT) 4–8 Giants Stadium
65,874
Recap
14 December 13 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–27 4–9 Busch Stadium
29,623
Recap
15 December 19 Green Bay Packers W 20–10 5–9 Giants Stadium
51,013
Recap
16 December 27 New York Jets W 20–7 6–9 Giants Stadium
68,318
Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 7 066 19
• Bears 3 71410 34
  • Date: September 14
  • Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 62 °F (16.7 °C), wind 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h; 5.2 kn)
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • Television network: ABC

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Week 2[edit]

1 234Total
• Cowboys 3 733 16
Giants 7 070 14

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Week 3[edit]

1 234Total
• 49ers 3 141014 41
Giants 0 7014 21

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Week 4[edit]

1 234Total
• Redskins 3 2177 38
Giants 3 090 12

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Week 5[edit]

1 234OTTotal
Giants 0 0300 3
• Bills 0 0033 6

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Week 6[edit]

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 007 7
• Giants 14 3310 30

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Week 7[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 0 1077 24
• Cowboys 7 7019 33
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 69 °F (20.6 °C), wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)
  • Television network: ABC

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Week 8[edit]

1 234Total
Patriots 0 073 10
• Giants 0 1430 17

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Week 9[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 7 373 20
Eagles 10 070 17

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Week 10[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 0 770 14
• Saints 3 10010 23

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Week 11[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 10 630 19
• Redskins 0 0914 23
  • Date: November 29
  • Location: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11.1 °C), wind 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn)

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Week 12[edit]

1 234OTTotal
Eagles 0 60140 20
• Giants 7 0673 23

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Week 13[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 7 377 24
• Cardinals 14 1300 27

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Week 14[edit]

1 234Total
Packers 0 037 10
• Giants 0 1370 20

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Week 15[edit]

1 234Total
Jets 7 000 7
• Giants 0 1730 20

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Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(3) 11 4 0 .733 7–1 9–3 379 285 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 8 0 .467 4–4 5–7 340 348 W2
St. Louis Cardinals 7 8 0 .467 3–5 7–7 362 368 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 0 .467 3–5 4–7 337 380 W2
New York Giants 6 9 0 .400 3–5 4–8 280 312 W2

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Lawrence Taylor, NFC Pro Bowl selection[18]
  • Lawrence Taylor, Pro Football Weekly: 1st team all-conf.[18]
  • Lawrence Taylor, UPI: 2nd team all-conf.[18]
  • Lawrence Taylor, Associated Press: 2nd team all-NFL[18]
  • Lawrence Taylor, Pro Football Weekly: 1st team all-NFL[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 256
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nyg/1987_draft.htm
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
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  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
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  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
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  12. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  13. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  14. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  15. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  16. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  17. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  18. ^ a b c d e https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1987/probowl.htm

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