1993 New York Giants season
The 1993 New York Giants season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Dan Reeves, who immediately released Jeff Hostetler and named Phil Simms as the team's starting quarterback. 1993 turned out to be the final season for both Simms and all-time Giants great linebacker, Lawrence Taylor. This would also turn out to be the first season of Hall-of-Famer Michael Strahan's career.
|1993 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Dan Reeves|
|Home field||Giants Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 17–10|
Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 44–3
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College|
|2||40||Michael Strahan||DE||Texas Southern|
|3||66||Marcus Buckley||LB||Texas A&M|
|5||123||Tommy Thigpen||LB||North Carolina|
|8||207||Jessie Armstead||LB||Miami (Florida)|
|1993 New York Giants staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|1993 New York Giants final roster|
Simms started all 16 games in 1993, being one of only seven quarterbacks to do so, and led the Giants to a resurgent 11–5 season including a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs. However, Simms underwent shoulder surgery after the 1993 NFL Season to repair a torn labrum. The surgery was successful, and team doctor Russell F. Warren's prognosis for recovery was excellent, and Simms was expected to be ready in time for training camp. However, later during that offseason, Simms was released by the Giants, and subsequently decided to retire. The Giants offense was coming off a sub-par 1992 season, so Dan Reeves and offensive coordinator George Henshaw added and adjusted schemes. The emphasis remained running the ball as the Full House and Power I formations were installed. Rodney Hampton and Phil Simms both made the pro bowl, each the driving force behind the offense. The Defense returned to its dominant ways; allowing an NFL-best 12.8 points per game, or 205 points all year. Lawrence Taylor would join Simms in retirement after the season, ending an era. The Giants finished the 1993 season first in overall defense and rushing offense.
The Giants qualified for the playoffs on December 12 with a win at Giants Stadium against the Colts, 35 years after the two teams met in "The Greatest Game Ever Played".
|1||September 5, 1993||at Chicago Bears||W 26–20|
|2||September 12, 1993||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 23–7|
|3||September 19, 1993||Los Angeles Rams||W 20–10|
|5||October 3, 1993||at Buffalo Bills||L 17–14|
|6||October 10, 1993||at Washington Redskins||W 41–7|
|7||October 17, 1993||Philadelphia Eagles||W 21–10|
|9||October 31, 1993||New York Jets||L 10–6|
|10||November 7, 1993||at Dallas Cowboys||L 31–9|
|11||November 14, 1993||Washington Redskins||W 20–6|
|12||November 21, 1993||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 7–3|
|13||November 28, 1993||Phoenix Cardinals||W 19–17|
|14||December 5, 1993||at Miami Dolphins||W 19–14|
|15||December 12, 1993||Indianapolis Colts||W 20–6|
|16||December 20, 1993||at New Orleans Saints||W 24–14|
|17||December 26, 1993||at Phoenix Cardinals||L 17–6|
|18||January 2, 1994||Dallas Cowboys||L 16–13|
|(1) Dallas Cowboys||12||4||0||.750||376||229||W5|
|(4) New York Giants||11||5||0||.688||288||205||L2|
NFC Wild Card GameEdit
A howling, gusting wind dominated the game as both teams could only score with the wind. However, the Giants managed to score two touchdowns, both by running back Rodney Hampton in the third quarter, to pull ahead for good.
This was both the first playoff game and the first playoff win for the Giants since Super Bowl XXV.
NFC Divisional PlayoffEdit
49ers running back Ricky Watters rushed for 118 yards, caught 5 passes for 46 yards, and scored an NFL playoff record 5 touchdowns as San Francisco crushed the Giants, 44–3.
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