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1979 New York Giants season

1979 New York Giants season
Head coach Ray Perkins
General manager George Young
Owner Timothy J. Mara
Wellington Mara
Home field Giants Stadium
Record 6–10
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1979 New York Giants season was the 55th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants had a 6–10 record in 1979 and finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division.[1]

The Giants were one of three franchises, not including the Seattle Seahawks (an expansion team that began play in 1976), which did not make the playoffs during any year of the 1970s. The others were the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.[2]


Before the 1979 NFL Draft, Bill Walsh, who was the new coach of the San Francisco 49ers, flew to Morehead State University with assistant coach Sam Wyche to work out quarterback Phil Simms.[3] Walsh was so impressed with him that he planned to draft Simms in the third round, actually preferring him over another young quarterback they scouted and ultimately drafted, future Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana.[4] The Giants, however, decided to make Simms their first-round pick to the surprise of many.[5] As Simms acknowledged, "most people have never heard of me."[5] When Simms' name was announced by Commissioner Pete Rozelle, his selection was booed loudly by Giants fans.[6] However, he became more popular with his teammates, who jokingly dubbed him "Prince Valiant" in his rookie training camp.[7]

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School

Regular season

Simms won his first five starts in his rookie year.[8] He led the team to a 6–4 record as a starter, throwing for 1,743 yards and 13 touchdown passes, and was named to the NFL All Rookie Team.[9] According to his 1981 Topps trading card, he was runner-up in 1979 for Rookie of the Year, losing out to future teammate Ottis Anderson.[10]


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 at Philadelphia Eagles L 23–17
2 September 9, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals L 27–14
3 September 17, 1979 at Washington Redskins L 27–0
4 September 23, 1979 Philadelphia Eagles L 17–13
5 September 30, 1979 at New Orleans Saints L 24–14
6 October 7, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–14
7 October 14, 1979 San Francisco 49ers W 32–16
8 October 21, 1979 at Kansas City Chiefs W 21–17
9 October 28, 1979 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–14
10 November 4, 1979 Dallas Cowboys L 16–14
11 November 11, 1979 Atlanta Falcons W 24–3
12 November 18, 1979 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–3
13 November 25, 1979 Washington Redskins W 14–6
14 December 2, 1979 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–7
15 December 9, 1979 at St. Louis Cardinals L 29–20
16 December 16, 1979 Baltimore Colts L 31–7

Game summaries

Week 6

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 707 14
• Giants 0 1403 17



See also


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