1969 New York Giants season
|1969 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Alex Webster|
|Home field||Yankee Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFL Century|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1969 New York Giants season was the 45th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants moved back to the Century Division in 1969, after one season in the Capitol Division. They finished with a 6–8 record, and had one victory less than the previous year. New York placed second in the Century Division, four-and-a-half games behind the Cleveland Browns.
Before the season, the Giants selected Fred Dryer in the first round of the 1969 NFL draft, with the 13th overall pick, and traded with the Atlanta Falcons for running back Junior Coffey in late October. New York lost all of their preseason games, including a 37–14 rout by the New York Jets at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, leading them to fire head coach Allie Sherman in September, a week before the regular season began. Offensive backfield coach Alex Webster was promoted to head coach.
The Giants opened the season with a win against the Minnesota Vikings, the eventual league champion, and held a 3–1 record after four games. However, they went on a seven-game losing streak, then won the final three games in December to close out the season.
|1969 New York Giants roster|
|1||September 21||Minnesota Vikings||W 24–23||1–0|
|2||September 28||at Detroit Lions||L 24–0||1–1|
|3||October 5||Chicago Bears||W 28–24||2–1|
|4||October 12||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 10–7||3–1|
|5||October 19||at Washington Redskins||L 20–14||3–2|
|6||October 27||at Dallas Cowboys||L 25–3||3–3|
|7||November 2||Philadelphia Eagles||L 23–20||3–4|
|8||November 9||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 42–17||3–5|
|9||November 16||New Orleans Saints||L 25–24||3–6|
|10||November 23||at Cleveland Browns||L 28–17||3–7|
|11||November 30||at Green Bay Packers||L 20–10||3–8|
|12||December 7||St. Louis Cardinals||W 49–6||4–8|
|13||December 14||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 21–17||5–8|
|14||December 21||Cleveland Browns||W 27–14||6–8|
|New York Giants||6||8||0||.429||4–2||4–6||264||298||W3|
|St. Louis Cardinals||4||9||1||.308||3–2–1||3–6–1||314||389||L3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
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