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]
Results
Record1–12–1
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]

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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]

Roster

1966 New York Giants roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordAttendance
1September 11at Pittsburgh Steelers T 34–340–0–1
37,693
2September 18at Dallas Cowboys L 7–520–1–1
60,010
3September 25at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–350–2–1
60,177
4October 2 Cleveland Browns L 7–280–3–1
62,916
5October 9at St. Louis Cardinals L 19–240–4–1
43,893
6October 16 Washington Redskins W 13–101–4–1
62,865
7October 23Philadelphia EaglesL 3–311–5–1
63,018
8October 30Bye
9November 6St. Louis CardinalsL 17–201–6–1
62,967
10November 13at Los Angeles Rams L 14–551–7–1
34,746
11November 20 Atlanta Falcons L 16–271–8–1
62,746
12November 27at Washington RedskinsL 41–721–9–1
50,439
13December 4at Cleveland BrownsL 40–491–10–1
61,651
14December 11Pittsburgh SteelersL 28–471–11–1
62,658
15December 18Dallas CowboysL 7–171–12–1
62,735

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

1234Total
Giants71001734
Steelers7717334

[11]

Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
WLTPCTCONFPFPASTK
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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