1996 New York Giants season
|1996 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Dan Reeves|
|Home field||Giants Stadium|
|Division place||5th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1996 New York Giants season was the franchise's 72nd season in the National Football League (NFL). With a 6–10 record, the Giants finished in last place in the National Football Conference East Division.
In the 1996 NFL Draft, the Giants selected defensive end Cedric Jones with the fifth overall pick. The Giants' first game of the season was at home against the Buffalo Bills, and resulted in a 23–20 loss in overtime. After being shut out by the Dallas Cowboys, New York fell to 0–3 with a 31–10 defeat to the Washington Redskins. Against the New York Jets, the Giants earned their first victory of the season; a 15–10 win over the Minnesota Vikings left them with a 2–3 record heading into their bye week. The team then lost four of its next six games. After defeating the Cowboys, the Giants' record entering December stood at 5–7. They ended the season by losing three of their last four games. The Giants fired head coach Dan Reeves after the season, and hired Jim Fassel as his replacement.
Quarterback Dave Brown started all 16 games for the Giants in 1996, throwing for 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. New York's leading running back was Rodney Hampton, who had 254 carries for 827 yards. Wide receivers Chris Calloway and Thomas Lewis led the Giants with four touchdowns and 53 receptions each; Calloway had a team-high 739 receiving yards. Defensively, Chad Bratzke and Michael Strahan had the most sacks among Giants players with five apiece, while Jason Sehorn had five interceptions to lead the team.
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College|
|4||130||Danny Kanell||QB||Florida State|
|7||214||Conrad Hamilton||CB||Eastern New Mexico|
|1996 New York Giants staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|1||September 1, 1996||Buffalo Bills||L 23–20|
|2||September 8, 1996||at Dallas Cowboys||L 27–0|
|3||September 15, 1996||Washington Redskins||L 31–10|
|4||September 22, 1996||at New York Jets||W 13–6|
|5||September 29, 1996||Minnesota Vikings||W 15–10|
|7||October 13, 1996||Philadelphia Eagles||L 19–10|
|8||October 20, 1996||at Washington Redskins||L 31–21|
|9||October 27, 1996||at Detroit Lions||W 35–7|
|10||November 3, 1996||Arizona Cardinals||W 16–8|
|11||November 10, 1996||at Carolina Panthers||L 27–17|
|12||November 17, 1996||at Arizona Cardinals||L 31–23|
|13||November 24, 1996||Dallas Cowboys||W 20–6|
|14||December 1, 1996||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 24–0|
|15||December 8, 1996||at Miami Dolphins||W 17–7|
|16||December 15, 1996||New Orleans Saints||L 17–3|
|17||December 21, 1996||New England Patriots||L 23–22|
|(3) Dallas Cowboys||10||6||0||.625||286||250||L1|
|(5) Philadelphia Eagles||10||6||0||.625||363||341||W2|
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||242||297||L2|
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