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1978 New York Giants season

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1978 New York Giants season
Head coachJohn McVay
OwnerWellington Mara
Home fieldGiants Stadium
Division place5th NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Brad van Pelt
LB Harry Carson
P Dave Jennings

The 1978 New York Giants season was the franchise's 54th season in the National Football League. In their first ever season that had a sixteen-game schedule, the Giants looked to improve on their 5–9 record from 1977. The season saw the Giants get off to a hot start. They beat newcomer Tampa Bay in Tampa 19–13, despite being a 1 point underdog. After a close loss to the rival Cowboys 34–24 the next week, the Giants beat the Kansas City Chiefs 26–10 and the San Francisco 49ers 27–10 to start the season 3–1, their first 3–1 start since 1969. However, the Giants then started to struggle, losing to the Atlanta Falcons 23–20 and the Cowboys again 24–3. Following wins at home against the Buccaneers and Redskins, the Giants went on a downfall, which saw them lose their next 6 games and 7 of their last 8. In week 12, the Giants played their arch-rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, in a crucial game that saw the Giants fumble away the game on Joe Pisarcik’s fumble and Herm Edwards fumble recovery for a touchdown that won the game for Philadelphia, 19-17. The play was dubbed the “Miracle at the Meadowlands”.[citation needed] The Giants never recovered from this game, getting pummeled on the road to the 3–9 Bills, 41–17, despite having a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter. In their final game, a rematch with Philadelphia, the Giants lost 20–3 to end the season 6–10.



1978 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Gordon King  OT Stanford
2 37 Odis McKinney  DB Colorado
4 90 Billy Taylor  RB Texas Tech
5 120 Terry Jackson  DB San Diego St
5 132 Jim Krahl  DT Texas Tech
5 137 Brian DeRoo  WR Redlands
6 147 Randy Pass  OG Georgia Tech
7 174 Dan Doornink  RB Washington St
8 201 Jeff Grady  LB Florida A&M
9 232 Bill Swiacki  TE Amherst
10 253 Greg Jorgensen  OG Nebraska
11 286 Dennis Helm  DT SW Missouri St
12 313 Greg Lawson  RB Western Illinois
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career



1978 New York Giants roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season

The Miracle at the Meadowlands is the term used by sportscasters and Philadelphia Eagles fans for a fumble recovery by cornerback Herman Edwards that he returned for a touchdown at the end of a November 19, 1978 NFL game against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium. It was seen as miraculous because it occurred at a point in the game when the Giants were easily capable of running out the game's final seconds. The Giants had the ball, and the Eagles had no timeouts left. Everyone watching expected quarterback Joe Pisarcik to take one more snap and kneel with the ball, thus running out the clock and preserving a 17–12 Giant upset. Instead, he attempted to hand it off to fullback Larry Csonka and botched it, allowing Edwards to pick up the ball and run 26 yards for the winning score.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–13
2 September 10, 1978 Dallas Cowboys L 34–24
3 September 17, 1978 Kansas City Chiefs W 26–10
4 September 24, 1978 San Francisco 49ers W 27–10
5 October 1, 1978 at Atlanta Falcons L 23–20
6 October 8, 1978 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–3
7 October 15, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–14
8 October 22, 1978 Washington Redskins W 17–6
9 October 29, 1978 at New Orleans Saints L 28–17
10 November 5, 1978 at St. Louis Cardinals L 20–10
11 November 12, 1978 at Washington Redskins L 16–13
12 November 19, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles L 19–17
13 November 26, 1978 at Buffalo Bills L 41–17
14 December 3, 1978 Los Angeles Rams L 20–17
15 December 10, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–0
16 December 17, 1978 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–3

Game summaries

Week 12

Philadelphia Eagles (6–5) at New York Giants (5–6)
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 6 01319
Giants 14 0 3017

at Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information


NFC East
Dallas Cowboys(2) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 9–3 384 208 W6
Philadelphia Eagles(5) 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 269 250 W1
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 273 283 L5
St. Louis Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 3–5 6–6 248 296 W1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 2–6 5–9 264 298 L1

See also


  1. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2016-Nov-01.
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