1971 New York Giants season
|1971 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Alex Webster|
|Home field||Yankee Stadium|
|Division place||5th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1971 New York Giants season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants had a 4–10 record for the season and finished in last place in the National Football Conference East Division.
The Giants selected Rocky Thompson in the 1971 NFL Draft, with the 18th overall pick. After a winless preseason, New York began the regular season with a 2–1 record before posting a 2–9 mark in its final 11 games. The team was affected by numerous injuries, including a thigh injury suffered by running back Ron Johnson, who had gained more than 1,000 yards rushing in 1970. The 1971 season was the last for quarterback Fran Tarkenton with the Giants; after he requested a trade, the Giants dealt him to the Minnesota Vikings in 1972 for three players and a pair of draft picks.
|1971 New York Giants roster|
|1||September 19, 1971||at Green Bay Packers||W 42–40|
|2||September 26, 1971||Washington Redskins||L 30–3|
|3||October 3, 1971||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 21–20|
|4||October 11, 1971||at Dallas Cowboys||L 20–13|
|5||October 17, 1971||Baltimore Colts||L 31–7|
|6||October 24, 1971||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 23–7|
|7||October 31, 1971||Minnesota Vikings||L 17–10|
|8||November 7, 1971||San Diego Chargers||W 35–17|
|9||November 14, 1971||at Atlanta Falcons||W 21–17|
|10||November 21, 1971||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 17–13|
|11||November 28, 1971||St. Louis Cardinals||L 24–7|
|12||December 5, 1971||at Washington Redskins||L 23–7|
|13||December 12, 1971||Dallas Cowboys||L 42–14|
|14||December 19, 1971||Philadelphia Eagles||L 41–28|
|St. Louis Cardinals||4||9||1||.308||1–7||2–8–1||231||279||L2|
|New York Giants||4||10||0||.286||1–7||3–8||228||362||L5|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- "1971 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on May 10, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
- "1971 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. pp. 155–160. ISBN 1-57243-641-7.
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