|2016 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Ben McAdoo|
|General manager||Jerry Reese|
|Home field||MetLife Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 13-38|
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.
|Date||Position||Player||Free agent tag||2015 Team||New Team||Notes|
|February 18||WR||Anthony Dablé||Rookie||Argonautes (France)||New York Giants|||
|March 8||DE||Jason Pierre-Paul||UFA||New York Giants||New York Giants|||
|March 9||CB||Janoris Jenkins||UFA||St. Louis Rams||New York Giants|||
|March 9||DE||Olivier Vernon||UFA||Miami Dolphins||New York Giants|||
|March 9||DT||Damon Harrison||UFA||New York Jets||New York Giants|||
|March 10||LB||Keenan Robinson||UFA||Washington Redskins||New York Giants|||
|June 17||QB||Logan Thomas||UFA||Miami Dolphins||New York Giants|||
|August 4||CB||Leon Hall||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||New York Giants|||
|2016 New York Giants draft|
|1||10||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|3||71||Darian Thompson||S||Boise State|
|4||109||B. J. Goodson||LB||Clemson|
|6||184||Jerell Adams||TE||South Carolina|
|Made roster + Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|1||Miami Dolphins||L 10-27||0-1||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|2||at Buffalo Bills||L 0-21||0-2||New Era Field||Recap|
|3||at New York Jets||W 21-20||1-2||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|4||New England Patriots||W 17-9||2-2||MetLife Stadium||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||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||Twickenham Stadium (London)||Recap|
|9||November 6||Philadelphia Eagles||W 28-23||5-3||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|10||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||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.
|Wild Card||January 8, 2017||at Green Bay Packers (4)||L 13-38||0-1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|4||Green Bay Packers||North||10||6||0||.625||5-1||8-4||.508||.453||W6|
|5||New York Giants||East||11||5||0||.688||4-2||8-4||.486||.455||W1|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|7[a]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||9||7||0||.563||4-2||7-5||.492||.434||W1|
|11[b]||New Orleans Saints||South||7||9||0||.438||2-4||6-6||.523||.393||L1|
|14||Los Angeles Rams||West||4||12||0||.250||2-4||3-9||.504||.500||L7|
|16||San Francisco 49ers||West||2||14||0||.125||2-4||2-10||.504||.250||L1|
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