1961 New York Giants season
OwnerJack Mara
Wellington Mara
Head coachAllie Sherman
Home fieldYankee Stadium
Results
Record10–3–1
Division place1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finishLost NFL Championship (at Packers) 0–37

The 1961 New York Giants season was the franchise's 37th season in the National Football League. After relinquishing the NFL East title the previous season, the Giants reclaimed the title with a 10–3–1 record, a half-game ahead of the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles.[1]

New York traveled to Wisconsin for the NFL Championship Game and were shut out 37–0 by the Vince Lombardi-coached Green Bay Packers.[2][3][4]

Roster

1961 New York Giants roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

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Regular season

Main article: 1961 NFL season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 17 St. Louis Cardinals L 10–21 0–1 58,059
2 September 24 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–14 1–1 35,587
3 October 1 at Washington Redskins W 24–21 2–1 36,767
4 October 8 at St. Louis Cardinals W 24–9 3–1 23,713
5 October 15 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–10 4–1 41,500
6 October 22 Los Angeles Rams W 24–14 5–1 63,053
7 October 29 Dallas Cowboys L 16–17 5–2 60,254
8 November 5 Washington Redskins W 53–0 6–2 56,077
9 November 12 Philadelphia Eagles W 38–21 7–2 62,800
10 November 19 Pittsburgh Steelers W 42–21 8–2 62,592
11 November 26 at Cleveland Browns W 37–21 9–2 80,455
12 December 3 at Green Bay Packers L 17–20 9–3 47,012
13 December 10 at Philadelphia Eagles W 28–24 10–3 60,671
14 December 17 Cleveland Browns T 7–7 10–3–1 61,804

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
• Giants 0 7100 17
Steelers 7 070 14

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Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 3 1 .769 9–2–1 368 220 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 10 4 0 .714 8–4 361 297 W1
Cleveland Browns 8 5 1 .615 8–3–1 319 270 T1
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 7–5 279 267 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 5–7 295 287 L1
Dallas Cowboys 4 9 1 .308 2–9–1 236 380 L4
Washington Redskins 1 12 1 .077 1–10–1 174 392 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Playoffs

Main article: 1961 NFL Championship Game

Round Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Recap
Championship December 31 at Green Bay Packers L 0–37 City Stadium 39,029 Recap
Source:[2][3][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Giants tie Browns, 7-7, capture title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 18, 1961. p. 28.
  2. ^ a b Lea, Bud (January 1, 1962). "Packers World Champions!". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1M.
  3. ^ a b "'Soldier' Hornung leads driving Packers to 37–0 humiliation of New York Giants". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 1, 1962. p. 14.
  4. ^ a b Maule, Tex (January 8, 1962). "Day of devastation". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com