2016 New York Giants Season
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2016 New York Giants Season
2016 New York Giants season
OwnerJohn Mara
Steve Tisch
Head coachBen McAdoo
General managerJerry Reese
Home fieldMetLife Stadium
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 13-38
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Giants uniforms12 nobrands.png

The 2016 New York Giants season was the franchise's 92nd season in the National Football League, their seventh season playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the first under head coach Ben McAdoo.

After losing 6 games where they had late 4th quarter leads in 2015, Jerry Reese spent over $200M in free agency to revitalize their defense. He resigned Jason Pierre-Paul to a one-year deal and signed Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins. Cornerback Eli Apple was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Giants began 2-0 before falling into a three-game losing streak to the Redskins, Vikings and Packers. The Giants rebounded and went on a six-game winning streak for the first time since 2010, before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13. The Giants then upset the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 to improve to 9-4. With their Week 14 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants clinched a winning season for the first time since 2012 and also swept the Cowboys for the first time since 2011. The Giants got their 10th win of the season in Week 15, having a 10 win season for the first time since 2010. Their 7-1 record at home is their best home record since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010.

Despite losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' loss to the New Orleans Saints two days later meant the Giants clinched a playoff trip for the first time since their last Super Bowl season in 2011.

The Giants' first playoff game since Super Bowl XLVI ended in disappointment, as they were upended by the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round at Lambeau Field. The Giants only managed to score 13 points and allowed a season high 38 points, ending their season. As of 2020, this is the last time the Giants made the playoffs or had a winning record.

The Giants sent four players to the Pro Bowl and their defense in 2016 was ranked third in the NFL with five All-Pros, (the other All-Pro was Odell Beckham Jr.).


Free agents signed

Date Position Player Free agent tag 2015 Team New Team Notes
February 18 WR Anthony Dablé Rookie Argonautes (France) New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
March 8 DE Jason Pierre-Paul UFA New York Giants New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
March 9 CB Janoris Jenkins UFA St. Louis Rams New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
March 9 DE Olivier Vernon UFA Miami Dolphins New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
March 9 DT Damon Harrison UFA New York Jets New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
March 10 LB Keenan Robinson UFA Washington Redskins New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
June 17 QB Logan Thomas UFA Miami Dolphins New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
August 4 CB Leon Hall UFA Cincinnati Bengals New York Giants [1][2][3][4]
Notable Arrival


2016 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Eli Apple  CB Ohio State
2 40 Sterling Shepard  WR Oklahoma
3 71 Darian Thompson  S Boise State
4 109 B. J. Goodson  LB Clemson
5 149 Paul Perkins  RB UCLA
6 184 Jerell Adams  TE South Carolina
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Final roster



Giants players at training camp
Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 12 Miami Dolphins L 10-27 0-1 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Buffalo Bills L 0-21 0-2 New Era Field Recap
3 August 27 at New York Jets W 21-20 1-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 September 1 New England Patriots W 17-9 2-2 MetLife Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 11 at Dallas Cowboys W 20-19 1-0 AT&T Stadium Recap
2 September 18 New Orleans Saints W 16-13 2-0 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Washington Redskins L 27-29 2-1 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 October 3 at Minnesota Vikings L 10-24 2-2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
5 October 9 at Green Bay Packers L 16-23 2-3 Lambeau Field Recap
6 October 16 Baltimore Ravens W 27-23 3-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
7 October 23 at Los Angeles Rams W 17-10 4-3 United Kingdom Twickenham Stadium (London) Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 Philadelphia Eagles W 28-23 5-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
10 November 14 Cincinnati Bengals W 21-20 6-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
11 November 20 Chicago Bears W 22-16 7-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
12 November 27 at Cleveland Browns W 27-13 8-3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
13 December 4 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14-24 8-4 Heinz Field Recap
14 December 11 Dallas Cowboys W 10-7 9-4 MetLife Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Detroit Lions W 17-6 10-4 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Philadelphia Eagles L 19-24 10-5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
17 January 1 at Washington Redskins W 19-10 11-5 FedExField Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


Round Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card January 8, 2017 at Green Bay Packers (4) L 13-38 0-1 Lambeau Field Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys

Victor Cruz played his first NFL game in 700 days and the Giants fought hard with rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their pro debuts. The Cowboys could only muster 3 field goals in the first half as a Dez Bryant touchdown catch was overturned after review. Giants rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard caught his first career touchdown pass from Eli Manning giving the Giants a 13-9 halftime lead. Cruz had 4 catches for 34 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 6 minutes to play. On the last play of the game, Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams caught a pass that put Dallas near field goal range but chose to stay in bounds to get extra yards. The clock ran out before Prescott could get another play, and the Giants started 1-0 for the first time since 2010.

The Giants snapped a three game losing streak in Dallas and Ben McAdoo won his first game as an NFL coach.

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints

All the fans and media expected another shootout like the 52-49 game the year earlier, but oddly enough, the game was very low scoring as neither offense could capitalize on their opportunities. The Giants led 7-3 at halftime, their only score coming from a field goal blocked by Johnathan Hankins which Janoris Jenkins returned for a touchdown.

Despite a key fumble earlier in the game, the Giants drove down the field and Victor Cruz made the game's decisive catch at the Saints 2-yard line in the final minutes. Josh Brown kicked the game-winning field goal and the Giants improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009.

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins

This was a highly anticipated game after the Redskins added Josh Norman and would be the first time facing Odell Beckham Jr. since their incident the prior season. After Eli Manning threw an interception early in the fourth quarter, Beckham was seen striking the kicking net in frustration. The Redskins, who were 0-2 this season, picked off Manning again at the last second to seal a 29-27 Washington victory, which stunned MetLife Stadium. This was the only home loss the Giants suffered in the 2016 season.

Center Weston Richburg was ejected in the loss for pushing Norman in the 4th quarter, which proved costly.

Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings

The Giants lost in Minnesota for the second time in as many seasons and their offense was even more anemic in this contest. Odell Beckham Jr.'s frustrations continued as he was held to 3 receptions for 23 yards.

Week 5: at Green Bay Packers

This was the first time the Giants returned to Lambeau Field since their victory over the Packers in the Divisional Round of the 2011 Playoffs. The Packers offense dominated the time of possession but Janoris Jenkins had two interceptions on Aaron Rodgers and he made several other key plays keeping the struggling Giants offense in the game. Eli Manning was held in check with one touchdown late in the 4th quarter and 199 yards, and the Giants running backs were only able to rush for 43 yards in 15 attempts. At this point in the season, the Giants offense ranked 27th in total scoring.

Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Hoping to stop a three-game losing streak, the Giants hosted the Baltimore Ravens in a rematch of their 33-14 loss in 2012. Eli Manning threw his 300th career touchdown to Roger Lewis late in the second quarter. The Giants offense found their footing in the third quarter and their defense had a goal line stand to start the 4th quarter. Late in the 4th quarter, the Ravens drove down the field and scored making the game 23-20. Eli Manning and the Giants responded with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. - his second touchdown of the game (both from 65+ yards) to make the score 27-23. The Ravens threw up a Hail Mary but was stopped and the Giants ended their three-game losing streak. The Giants improved to 3-3 and won for the 700th in franchise history. This game started a six-game winning streak for the Giants that would last until Week 13.

Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams

NFL International Series

The Giants played in London for the first time since their 2007 win against the Miami Dolphins. Larry Donnell fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the Rams to score 10 points in their first two drives. The defense shut out the Rams the rest of the game in dominant fashion. Landon Collins broke out recording two interceptions, one for a touchdown which many analysts hailed as the play of the year. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also recorded two more interceptions, including the game-winner. The defensive front also recorded three sacks. Running back Rashad Jennings capped off a touchdown drive with a 1-yard run and the Giants won 17-10 and improved to 4-3.

Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The Giants quickly took a 14-point lead after rookie Carson Wentz threw two interceptions on his first two drives and Eli Manning capitalized with touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Roger Lewis. The Eagles left 9 points off the board in the first half, being stopped on 4th down in field goal range twice and having a field goal attempt blocked. The Eagles hung on and had a chance to take the lead late, but the defense hung on the Giants improved to 5-3 and beat the Eagles at MetLife for the first time since 2012.

This was the 14th and final time Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes in a game.

Week 10: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

After their win over the Eagles, the Giants stayed at home for a Monday night matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, who were coming back from London after their tie against the Redskins. Tom Coughlin, Justin Tuck, and Ernie Accorsi were inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor at halftime nursing a 14-10 lead. The Bengals quickly got 10 points and had a 6-point lead going into the 4th quarter. Sterling Shepard caught a touchdown on 4th and Goal to give the Giants a 21-20 lead. Their defense led by their vaunted pass rush took over and the offense successfully ran out the clock. The Giants improved to 6-3 and matched their win total from the previous two years.

Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears

The Giants stayed at home for a matchup against the Chicago Bears. The Bears took a 16-9 lead at halftime. Manning threw two touchdown passes to open the second half and their defense shut out the Bears for the rest of the game. Jay Cutler threw a late interception to Landon Collins - his final pass as a Chicago Bear - to seal the win. The Giants 7-3 start was their best 10 game start since starting 9-1 in 2008. The win also ensured the Giants improved from their 6-10 campaigns from the last two years, and extended their winning streak to five consecutive games, their longest since 2010.

Week 12: at Cleveland Browns

The Giants played a conservative game and their defense recorded a season-high six sacks in their win over the Browns, their sixth in a row. Eli Manning threw three touchdowns, two caught by Odell Beckham Jr. and Jason Pierre-Paul also had a touchdown on defense. This loss dropped the Browns to 0-12. The Giants also had their first six-game winning streak since 2008.

Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Trying to win their seventh game in a row, the Giants travelled to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers' Killer B's (Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown) who made an impact in the game. The Steelers defense was in Eli Manning's face all game, forcing two interceptions. The Giants lost 24-14, with a touchdown in garbage time, and snapped their 6-game winning streak. Rookie Eli Apple was a bright spot for the Giants, recording both his first career fumble recovery and interception in the 3rd quarter.

Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys won 11 games in a row since losing to the Giants in Week 1 and had clinched a playoff berth the week before while the Giants were shorthanded after losing Jason Pierre-Paul to injury. On Sunday Night Football, the defenses showed out, both allowing 260 total yards, forcing three takeaways, and each recording three sacks. After allowing Terrance Williams to get wide open for a touchdown in the first quarter, the Giants defense did not allow a single point for the rest of the game. Dak Prescott was picked off by Janoris Jenkins in the first half while the Cowboys defense forced two Eli Manning fumbles of their own. Trailing 7-3 in the third quarter, Leon Hall intercepted Prescott and Manning threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. two plays later, which would be the game-winner. Jenkins forced a Dez Bryant fumble on his only catch of the game, thwarting a Cowboys 4th quarter rally. With the 10-7 win, the Giants improved to 9-4 and clinched a winning season for the first time since 2012. The Giants also swept the Cowboys for the first time since their 2011 Super Bowl-winning season.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 107 yards for the Cowboys despite the loss.

Week 15: vs. Detroit Lions

Sterling Shepard scored a touchdown on the opening drive but the offense wasn't able to do much afterwards. Their defense played outstanding and forced two red zone turnovers. While leading 10-6 in the 4th quarter, Odell Beckham Jr. had a signature one-handed touchdown catch in the 4th quarter and an interception by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sealed the 17-6 victory. The 10-4 Giants were in the drivers seat to clinch their first playoff berth in 5 years.

Week 16: at Philadelphia Eagles

The Giants were down 14-0 early after Manning threw a pick six to Malcolm Jenkins. The offense got going, but failed to convert on their scoring opportunities. Four Robbie Gould field goals weren't enough, and the Giants fell to the Eagles 24-19, dropping them to 10-5. The loss clinched the NFC East and home field advantage for the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite the loss, the Giants clinched a playoff berth when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the New Orleans Saints 31-24 two days later.

Week 17: at Washington Redskins

Having been locked into the 5 seed, the media questioned whether the Giants would rest their starters, but did not. Their defense had another outstanding game and the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs after previously winning the NFC East in 2015. The Giants won 11 games for the first time since 2008. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions that night to win the NFC North title, setting the Giants Wild Card matchup against them at Lambeau Field.


NFC Wild Card Playoffs: at #4 Green Bay Packers

This game was fiercely competitive in a first half littered with warning signs. The Giants dominated the pace early, but couldn't capitalize due to critical wide receiver drops and could only muster a 6-0 lead. The Packers were up 7-6 going into halftime while those warning signs came to fruition; a last second hail mary from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb increased the lead from 14-6. The defense had a 4th down stop to open the third quarter, and the offense quickly responded with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Tavarres King, making it 14-13. It was all Packers for the rest of the game. When Rodgers got the ball back, he carved the Giants top ranked defense to shreds, scoring the 24 unanswered points in the game's final 20 minutes. The Giants were subsequently knocked out the wild card round, thus ending their season.

This was the most recent Giants playoff game to date, their first road playoff loss since the 2006 Wild Card game at Philadelphia, and their first playoff loss since the 2008 Divisional vs. Philadelphia. It was also the final game of Victor Cruz's career.

The Giants also dropped to 2-1 in playoff games at Lambeau Field, having defeated the Packers at Lambeau Field in the 2007 and 2011 seasons en route to their Super Bowl XLII and XLVI victories.



NFC East
13 3 0 .813 3-3 9-3 421 306 L1
11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 310 284 W1
Washington Redskins 8 7 1 .531 3-3 6-6 396 383 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 367 331 W2


Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3-3 9-3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5-1 9-3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3-2-1 6-5-1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5-1 8-4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the postseason
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4-2 7-5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3-3 6-6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2-4 5-7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4-1-1 6-5-1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2-4 6-6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1-5 5-7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2-4 3-9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2-4 2-10 .504 .250 L1
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents -- Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3-2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2-3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


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