2004 New York Giants season
|2004 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Tom Coughlin|
|General manager||Ernie Accorsi|
|Home field||Giants Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 2004 NFL season was the 80th season for the New York Giants. After starting the season 5–2 the Giants lost 8 games in a row before winning the final game of the season to finish 6–10 and 2nd place in the NFC East.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin was hired to replace Jim Fassel, who was fired following the conclusion of the 2003 season. Departures: Kerry Collins, Brian Mitchell, Kenny Holmes, Brandon Short, Cornelius Griffin, Keith Hamilton, Michael Barrow, Matt Bryant.
The Giants' poor record for 2003 resulted in their being tied with the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Arizona Cardinals for the worst in the league. By virtue of a series of tiebreakers, the Giants landed at the fourth pick in the draft and were forecast to select Robert Gallery, an offensive tackle from Iowa, or Ben Roethlisberger, a quarterback from Miami of Ohio, with the pick. Another scenario was also listed as a possibility, and would prove to be the move the Giants would make.
Entering the draft, the consensus top pick was Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning. However, Manning had said prior to the draft that he did not want to play for the Chargers and would not sign with them if he was drafted. The Chargers would strike a deal with the Giants before the draft that would shape the future of both franchises. The Chargers would select Manning first overall, as they had intended to. The Giants would then draft quarterback Philip Rivers of North Carolina State, and then swap him and two 2005 draft picks for Manning.
|2004 New York Giants draft|
|1||4||Philip Rivers *||QB||NC State||Traded to SD|
|2||34||Chris Snee||OG||Boston College|
|6||168||Jamaar Taylor||WR||Texas A&M|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
Undrafted free agents
|Curtis Deloatch||Cornerback||North Carolina A&T|
|Keylon Kincade||Running back||SMU|
|2004 New York Giants final roster|
Although the Giants had traded for Eli Manning, the season began with veteran quarterback and former league MVP Kurt Warner as the starter. After a season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Warner and the Giants enjoyed surprising success, starting a four-game winning streak that included road victories over the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Following a Halloween rout of the Minnesota Vikings, 34–14, the Giants were 5–2, trailing the then-undefeated Philadelphia Eagles by just two games.
The high-water mark of the Giants season came on November 7, when the Giants led the Bears 14–0 at the end of the first quarter. Over the rest of the game, though, the Giants turned the ball over five times, allowed the Bears to score 28 unanswered points (20 in the second quarter) and lost by a score of 28–21. After another loss, this time on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, Giants coach Tom Coughlin decided to replace Warner with Manning. The decision did not show immediate success, as the Giants turned the ball over ten times in the next four games, scoring a total of 37 points.
Close losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Bengals followed, dropping the Giants to 5–10. The season did end with a slight possibility of succeeding, as the Giants rallied from a 16–7 fourth quarter deficit to end the season with a 28–24 victory over the rival Dallas Cowboys. Manning threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, and Tiki Barber scored the game winner.
|1||September 12, 2004||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 17–31||FOX|
|2||September 19, 2004||Washington Redskins||W 20–14||FOX|
|3||September 26, 2004||Cleveland Browns||W 27–10||CBS|
|4||October 3, 2004||at Green Bay Packers||W 14–7||FOX|
|5||October 10, 2004||at Dallas Cowboys||W 26–10||FOX|
|7||October 24, 2004||Detroit Lions||L 13–28||FOX|
|8||October 31, 2004||at Minnesota Vikings||W 34–13||FOX|
|9||November 7, 2004||Chicago Bears||L 21–28||FOX|
|10||November 14, 2004||at Arizona Cardinals||L 14–17||FOX|
|11||November 21, 2004||Atlanta Falcons||L 10–14||FOX|
|12||November 28, 2004||Philadelphia Eagles||L 6–27||FOX|
|13||December 5, 2004||at Washington Redskins||L 7–31||FOX|
|14||December 12, 2004||at Baltimore Ravens||L 14–37||FOX|
|15||December 18, 2004||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 30–33||CBS|
|16||December 26, 2004||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 22–23||FOX|
|17||January 2, 2005||Dallas Cowboys||W 28–24||ESPN|
|(1) Philadelphia Eagles||13||3||0||.813||6–0||11–1||386||260||L2|
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||3–3||5–7||303||347||W1|