2000 New York Giants season
Head Coach Jim Fassel
Home Field Giants Stadium
Record 12–4
Place 1st NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Super Bowl XXXV
Pro Bowlers 2
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1999 2001

The 2000 New York Giants season was the 76th season for the club in the National Football League.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 11 Ron Dayne Running Back Wisconsin

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Game Date Opponent Result Record
1 August 5 Chicago Bears L 20-8 0–1
2 August 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 16-13 0–2
3 August 18 at New York Jets L 27-24 0–3
4 August 25 Baltimore Ravens L 24-17 0–4


Regular season[edit | edit source]

The giants began the 2000 season hoping to get over the hump of coming short the past two seasons. They would go on to finish the year with a 12-4 record and represented the nfc in super bowl XXXV. With revived quarterback Kerry Collins the passing game improved from just a mediocre attack. The running game averaged 256.5 yards per game and became known as the thunder and lightning backfield. The defense allowed just 246 points, with it's greatest strength being against the run allowing a second best 3.2 yards per carry.

Early in the season the giants record stood at 7-2 coming off two double digit wins, when they lost 2 straight falling to 7-4. That's when Head coach Jim Fassel made a bold move and guaranteed that his team would make the playoffs, which became the defining moment of the season and is said to be the motivation that got them to the super bowl. In that game however the giants were unable to get anything going offensively and couldnt build off of small victories the result was going on to lose super bowl XXXV 34-7 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3 Arizona Cardinals W 21–16
2 September 10 at Philadelphia Eagles W 33–18
3 September 17 at Chicago Bears W 14–7
4 September 24 Washington Redskins L 16–6
5 October 1 at Tennessee Titans L 28–14
6 October 8 at Atlanta Falcons W 13–6
7 October 15 Dallas Cowboys W 19–14
8 Bye week
9 October 29 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–7
10 November 5 at Cleveland Browns W 24–3
11 November 12 St. Louis Rams L 38–24
12 November 19 Detroit Lions L 31–21
13 November 26 at Arizona Cardinals W 31–7
14 December 3 at Washington Redskins W 9–7
15 December 10 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–10
16 December 17 at Dallas Cowboys W 17–13
17 December 23 Jacksonville Jaguars W 28–25

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:2000 NFC East standings

Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks[edit | edit source]

  • Kerry Collins

Runningbacks[edit | edit source]

  • Tiki Barber
  • Ron Dayne

Wide Receivers[edit | edit source]

  • Ike Hilliard
  • Joe Jurevicius
  • Amani Toomer
  • Ron Dixon

Defense[edit | edit source]

  • Michael Strahan [DE]
  • Keith Hamilton [DL]
  • Jesse Armstead [LB]
  • Jason Sehorn [CB]

Postseason[edit | edit source]

The Giants defeated the Eagles in a hard fought battle 20–10, in which rookie WR Ron Dixon returned a game-clinching kick return. They advanced to the NFC Championship against the Vikings, as Kerry Collins threw five TDS, two to Ike Hilliard as they progressed to the franchise's 3rd Super Bowl. But that game turned out poorly for the Giants, as Kerry Collins threw four interceptions, one was returned for a TD as they lost 34–7 to the Ravens.

The Giants only score was a Ron Dixon 97-yard kick return.

Early in the game with the score tied and the ball backed up in Baltimore territory, QB Trent Dilfer for the Ravens dropped back and shot a pass over the middle that was picked off by ILB Jesse Armstead. Armstead ran the interception back for a TD, but a flag was thrown; a few seconds after Armstead had made the turnover. Inside Lineman Keith Hamilton had been flagged for Defensive Holding. A rare call indeed for any game let alone the Super Bowl. Replays showed that Hamilton had barely nudged on the OL's jersey. The Giants 7 points were taken off the board and instead of going up 14–7, the Ravens would go on to dominate the game.

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • Ron Stone, NFC Pro Bowl Selection [2]
  • Jessie Armstead NFC Pro Bowl selection

References[edit | edit source]

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 295
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
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