1966 New York Giants season

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1966 New York Giants season
Owner Wellington Mara
Head coach Allie Sherman
Home field Yankee Stadium
Local radio WNEW [1]
Division place8th NFL Eastern
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1966 New York Giants season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League (NFL). The season saw the Giants looking to improve on their 7–7 record from 1965. However, they finished in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 1–12–1 record, the worst in franchise history. [2] [3] The 12 losses set a single-season team record that was matched four times before being broken in 2017. [4]


The 1966 Giants surrendered the most points in NFL history for a 14-game season. [5] [6] They allowed 501 points in 14 games, or an average of 35.8 points per game. [3] This total broke the league record for the most points given up in a season. [7] The next most points allowed by a Giants team was 451 in the 2019 season, which was 16 games. [3] The Giants allowed opponents to score more than 30 points in eight of the 14 games, and gave up over 50 points three times. [2] They are the only team in history to give up 500 points in a 14-game season. [5] [6]

On November 27, the Giants played the highest-scoring game in NFL history, losing to the Washington Redskins, 72–41. [8] It was the first of three straight games in which the Giants gave up more than 45 points; they allowed 49 points against the Cleveland Browns and 47 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. [2]


1966 New York Giants roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad

Rookies in italics


1September 11at Pittsburgh Steelers T 34–340–0–1
2September 18at Dallas Cowboys L 7–520–1–1
3September 25at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–350–2–1
4October 2 Cleveland Browns L 7–280–3–1
5October 9at St. Louis Cardinals L 19–240–4–1
6October 16 Washington Redskins W 13–101–4–1
7October 23Philadelphia EaglesL 3–311–5–1
8October 30Bye
9November 6St. Louis CardinalsL 17–201–6–1
10November 13at Los Angeles Rams L 14–551–7–1
11November 20 Atlanta Falcons L 16–271–8–1
12November 27at Washington RedskinsL 41–721–9–1
13December 4at Cleveland BrownsL 40–491–10–1
14December 11Pittsburgh SteelersL 28–471–11–1
15December 18Dallas CowboysL 7–171–12–1

With the addition of the expansion Atlanta Falcons, the NFL had an odd number (15) of teams. [9] This necessitated the use of bye weeks. The Giants received the most centrally located bye, in Week 8, thus perfectly dividing their season into two 7-game halves. They lost all seven games after the break. [2] (In contrast, the expansion Falcons were 0–8 before they got their bye in Week 9, but 3–3 afterwards.) [10]

Game summaries

Week 1




NFL Eastern Conference
Dallas Cowboys 1031.7699–3–1445239W1
Philadelphia Eagles 950.6438–5326340W4
Cleveland Browns 950.6439–4403259W1
St. Louis Cardinals 851.6157–5–1264265L3
Washington Redskins 770.5007–6351355L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 581.3854–8–1316347W2
Atlanta Falcons 3110.2142–5204437L1
New York Giants 1121.0771–11–1263501L8

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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