2005 New York Giants season
Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Home Field Giants Stadium
Record 11–5
Place 1st NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card
23–0 vs Carolina Panthers
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This article chronicles the New York Giants 2005 season.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

In the 2005 off–season the Giants acquired former Steelers' wide receiver Plaxico Burress as a free agent. Also, during the 2005 Draft, the Giants used their first pick on Louisiana St. Cornerback Corey Webster. They then used their next pick on Notre Dame Defensive End Justin Tuck. The rest of their picks included Southern Illinois Running Back Brandon Jacobs and Florida St. Defensive End Eric Moore.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

The Giants won their first two games of the season, against the Arizona Cardinals (42–19)[1] and a second game at the Meadowlands against the New Orleans Saints. The game was originally slated to be a home game for the Saints but had to be moved since the city of New Orleans was still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, and the Louisiana Superdome was untenable after being used as an emergency shelter for locals displaced by the hurricane.[2] Despite the Saints wearing their home colors and the Saints colors and logo being painted in one of the end zones, the game was a de facto home game for the Giants who won easily, 27–10.[1] The Giants lost to the Chargers the following week, 45–23,[1] in a game which was marked by Chargers fans booing and jeering Eli Manning for refusing to play for the Chargers. Manning and the Giants rebounded the following week however, and beat the St. Louis Rams by a score of 44–24.[1]

Through eight games, Burress, in a bid to become the first Giant wideout to make the Pro Bowl in 37 years, had 45 catches and five scores. Jeremy Shockey, who had not been as effective as he was in his rookie season, also was beginning to re-emerge with 32 catches and over 500 yards receiving after eight weeks.

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Wellington Mara's gravesite

On October 25, 2005, beloved Giants patriarch Wellington Mara died after a brief illness, at the age of 89.[3] Mara had been involved with the Giants since he was 9 years old, when he was a ball boy for the Giants. Except a tour of duty in the military during World War II, Mara spent his entire adult life with the Giants. The New York Giants dedicated their next game to Mara, and shut out the Washington Redskins 36–0.[1] Afterwards, the Giants went on the road and defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24–6, but when they got home, lost to the Minnesota Vikings 24–21.[1]

Just twenty days after Mara's death, on November 15, 2005, the other Giants Executive Officer and well-known businessman Preston Robert Tisch died at the age of 79. He was diagnosed in 2004 with inoperable brain cancer. Tisch was a philanthropist all his life and donated considerable sums of money to charitable causes. After his diagnosis, he donated money to institutions aimed towards the research of drugs and treatments to control brain tumors.


Tiki Barber set Giants single season and single game rushing records in 2005.

The Giants then travelled to Seattle to play Seahawks. With the score tied at 21, kicker Jay Feely missed three field goals that would have given the Giants the lead.[4] The Giants lost 24–21 when Seahawks kicker Josh Brown kicked a 36-yard field goal.[4] The Giants then defeated the Cowboys 17–10.[5] the Giants defense made opposing QB Drew Bledsoe go 15 of 39 for 146 yards with only one touchdown pass and two interceptions.[5] The Giants then traveled to Philadelphia and defeated the defending NFC champion Eagles 26–23.[1]

On December 17, 2005, in their 27–17 home victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tiki Barber set the team's single game rushing yard record with 220 yards, breaking the previous record of 218 yards, which had been set by Gene Roberts on November 12, 1950.[6]

The Giants were able to clinch at least a wild card berth without playing when the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Baltimore Ravens 30–23 in week 16. The Giants then won the NFC East title for the first time since 2000 with a 30–21 win against the Oakland Raiders. The team's appearance in the 2005 postseason was their 27th, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Rams for the most ever by an NFL team.

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The Giants lost 23–0 to the Carolina Panthers in the first round.[1] After the game, Tiki Barber expressed his displeasure about Tom Coughlin's gameplan. However, the two looked at game film together and worked out their differences. The 2005 Giants had five pro bowlers, including Barber (who set a team record in rushing yards during the season[7]), Shockey, Strahan, Defensive End Osi Umenyiora, and Special teamer David Tyree.[8]

During the season it was also announced that the New York Giants, New York Jets and the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority had reached an agreement where both teams will work together to build a new stadium adjacent to the current Giants Stadium. The teams also committed to remaining at the Meadowlands for the next 99 years. The stadium is projected to be an open–air facility that will hold 80,000 fans, will be managed jointly by the Giants and Jets, and is projected to be ready for the 2009 season. It is the first two–team joint stadium agreement in NFL history.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 11 Arizona Cardinals W 42–19
2 September 19 at New Orleans Saints W 27–10
3 September 25 at San Diego Chargers L 45–23
4 October 2 St. Louis Rams W 44–24
5 Bye week
6 October 16 at Dallas Cowboys L 16–13
7 October 23 Denver Broncos W 24–23
8 October 30 Washington Redskins W 36–0
9 November 6 at San Francisco 49ers W 24–6
10 November 13 Minnesota Vikings L 24–21
11 November 20 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–17
12 November 27 at Seattle Seahawks L 24–21
13 December 4 Dallas Cowboys W 17–10
14 December 11 at Philadelphia Eagles W 26–23
15 December 17, Kansas City Chiefs W 27–17
16 December 24 at Washington Redskins L 35–20
17 December 31 at Oakland Raiders W 30–21
Wild Card January 8 Carolina Panthers L 23–0

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:2005 NFC East standings

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 2005 New York Giants, databasefootball.com, accessed March 16, 2007.
  2. Maske, Mark. Saints to Play Home Opener at Giants Stadium, Washington Post, September 3, 2005, accessed March 23, 2007.
  3. Goldstein, Richard. Wellington Mara, the Patriarch of the N.F.L., Dies at 89, The New York Times, October 26, 2005, accessed April 17, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, Three missed FGs doom Giants in OT loss to Seahawks, November 27, 2005, accessed March 21, 2007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press, Giants alone atop NFC East after narrow win vs. 'Boys, December 4, 2005, accessed March 21, 2007.
  6. Associated Press, Tiki torches Chiefs in Giants' win, December 17, 2005, accessed March 21, 2007.
  7. Tiki Barber plans to stay busy after retirement, NFL.com, accessed March 22, 2007.
  8. 2005 New York Giants, pro-football-reference.com, accessed March 21, 2007.

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