1992 New York Giants season
Head Coach Ray Handley
Home Field Giants Stadium
Record 6–10
Place 4th in NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1991 1993

The 1992 New York Giants season was the 68th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division with a 6–10 record.[1] Ray Handley was fired after this season,[2] when the Giants finished 1–6 after starting the season 5–4.[1]

Injuries helped to mar the Giants' season. Starting quarterback Phil Simms, who had regained the position after spending most of 1991 at second string behind Jeff Hostetler, suffered a severe elbow injury in week 4 and did not return. Hostetler returned to the starting lineup after Simms' injury before he too would be lost in week 12 due to an accumulation of injuries that ended with a concussion.[3] The Giants were then forced to turn to a pair of rookies, Kent Graham and Dave Brown, to try and salvage the season but Graham suffered from elbow and shoulder problems and in Brown's first career start, he broke his right thumb and did not play again. Hostetler returned for the final two games of the season, a win over the Kansas City Chiefs and a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles[4][5] Perhaps the most catastrophic injury was the torn achilles' tendon suffered by future Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in Week 10,[6] as the Giants only won once more after the injury.[1] It was the second consecutive year that an injury to Taylor ended his season prematurely (a sprained knee in Week 13 of the 1991 season forced Taylor to miss the final game of the regular season and a previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals).[7][8][9]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6 San Francisco 49ers L 31–14
2 September 13 Dallas Cowboys L 34–28
3 September 21 at Chicago Bears W 27–14
4 Bye week
5 October 4 at Los Angeles Raiders L 13–10
6 October 11 Phoenix Cardinals W 31–21
7 October 18 at Los Angeles Rams L 38–17
8 October 25 Seattle Seahawks W 23–10
9 November 1 at Washington Redskins W 24–7
10 November 8 Green Bay Packers W 27–7
11 November 15 at Denver Broncos L 27–13
12 November 22 Philadelphia Eagles L 47–34
13 November 26 at Dallas Cowboys L 30–3
14 December 6 Washington Redskins L 28–10
15 December 12 at Phoenix Cardinals L 19–0
16 December 19 Kansas City Chiefs W 35–21
17 December 27 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–10

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:1992 NFC East standings

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1992 New York Giants. Pro Football Reference. Retrieved on May 12, 2009.
  2. Litsky, Frank. "Pro Football; Handley's Unhappy Reign Is Brought to an End", The New York Times, December 31, 1992. Retrieved on May 12, 2009. 
  3. Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. p. 270. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  4. Litsky, Frank. "Pro Football; Optimistic Hostetler Returns to Practice", The New York Times, December 16, 1992. Retrieved on May 12, 2009. 
  5. Litsky, Frank (October 17, 1992). Pro Football: Giants Notebook; For Simms, Next Year Is Too Far Downfield. The New York Times. Retrieved on May 12, 2009.
  6. Litsky, Frank. "Pro Football; Successors Are Sought to an Irreplaceable Giant", The New York Times, November 10, 1992. Retrieved on May 12, 2009. 
  7. "Bored Taylor practices again", Hudson Valley News, December 4, 1991. Retrieved on May 1, 2011. 
  8. Litsky, Frank. "Football; Today, the Motivated vs. the Moribund", The New York Times, December 21, 1991. Retrieved on May 1, 2011. 
  9. "Oilers–Giants notes", The Victoria Advocate, December 22, 1991. Retrieved on May 1, 2011. 
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