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1991 New York Giants season

1991 New York Giants season
Head coach Ray Handley
General manager George Young
Owner Wellington Mara
Robert Tisch
Home field Giants Stadium
Record 8-8
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
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< 1990      1992 >

The 1991 New York Giants season was the 67th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants entered the season as the defending Super Bowl champion but failed to qualify for the playoffs. They were the eighth team in NFL history to enter a season as the defending Super Bowl champion and miss the playoffs.[1] This was the second time the Giants had failed to make the playoffs after winning a Super Bowl, having also done so in 1987.

New York businessman Robert Tisch purchased half of the interest in the club. He purchased it from Mrs. Helen Mara Nugent, and her children, Tim Mara and Maura Mara Concannon on February 2.[2]

During the Giants' previous season Phil Simms entered the year as the starter and started the first fourteen games of the season. In the course of that fourteenth game, where the Giants hosted the Buffalo Bills, Simms suffered a severe foot injury and backup Jeff Hostetler took over and led the Giants through the playoffs and to their Super Bowl victory over those same Bills.

Simms did recover from his injury and was expected to regain his starting position, but new coach Ray Handley decided to allow Hostetler to try to keep the position he had taken following the injury to Simms. Handley made his decision prior to the Giants' week one matchup with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football and gave the starting job to Hostetler amid some controversy. Hostetler led the Giants to 6 wins in his eleven starts, but broke his back during a week 13 win against Tampa Bay. Simms returned to finish the game, but went 2–3 as Giants starter the remainder of the year and the Giants fell out of the playoffs.



After the 1990 season, in which the Giants won the Super Bowl, the Giants lost several members of their coaching staff. Bill Parcells retired while defensive coordinator Bill Belichick became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.[4] Tom Coughlin left the club to become the head coach at Boston College.

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1 27 Jarrod Bunch Running Back Michigan
2 55 Kanavis McGhee Linebacker Colorado
3 83 Ed McCaffrey Wide receiver Stanford
4 111 Clarence Jones Tackle Maryland
5 139 Anthony Moss Linebacker Florida State
6 167 Corey Miller Linebacker South Carolina
7 195 Simmie Carter Defensive Back Southern Miss
8 223 Lamar McGriggs Defensive Back Western Illinois
9 250 Jerry Bouldin Wide Receiver Mississippi State
10 278 Luis Cristobal Guard Miami
11 306 Ted Popson Tight End Portland
12 334 Larry Wanke Quarterback John Carroll

Regular season


Game Date Opponent Result Giants points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 2 San Francisco 49ers Win 16 14 1–0
2 Sept. 8 Los Angeles Rams Loss 13 19 1–1
3 Sept. 15 at Chicago Bears Loss 17 20 1–2
4 Sept. 22 Cleveland Browns Win 13 10 2–2
5 Sept. 29 at Dallas Cowboys Loss 16 21 2–3
6 Oct. 6 Phoenix Cardinals Win 20 9 3–3
7 Oct. 14 at Pittsburgh Steelers Win 23 20 4–3
8 Bye Week
9 Oct. 27 Washington Redskins Loss 13 17 4–4
10 Nov. 4 at Philadelphia Eagles Loss 7 30 4–5
11 Nov. 10 at Phoenix Cardinals Win 21 14 5–5
12 Nov. 17 Dallas Cowboys Win 22 9 6–5
13 Nov. 24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win 21 14 7–5
14 Dec. 1 at Cincinnati Bengals Loss 24 27 7–6
15 Dec. 8 Philadelphia Eagles Loss 14 19 7–7
16 Dec. 15 at Washington Redskins Loss 17 34 7–8
17 Dec. 22 Houston Oilers Win 24 20 8–8

Game summaries

Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers

1 2 34Total
Giants 7 6 7323
Steelers 0 0 31720

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Monday, October 14
  • Game time: 9:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 47°F, wind 10 mph
  • TV: ABC


NFC East
Washington Redskins 14 2 0 .875 485 224
Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 .688 342 310
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 285 244
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 281 297
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 196 344


Awards and honors

See also


  • New York Giants on Pro Football Reference
  • Giants on

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