|1974 New York Giants season|
|Owner||Timothy J. Mara,|
|Head coach||Bill Arnsparger|
|Home field||Yale Bowl|
|Division place||5th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1974 New York Giants season was the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League. The Giants finished in last place in the National Football Conference East Division with a 2–12 record, the team's worst since 1966.
The Giants’ home venue in 1974 was the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut, and they were winless at home in seven games. They won only one of twelve games at the Yale Bowl in 1973 and 1974. The Giants played at Shea Stadium in Queens in 1975 and opened Giants Stadium in New Jersey in October 1976.
The 1974 Giants hold the distinction of being the first team to lose a regular season game in overtime. In week nine, the 2–6 Giants welcomed the cross-town rival Jets to the Yale Bowl. With the Giants leading 20–13 in the fourth quarter, Joe Namath faked a handoff to Emerson Boozer, then ran into the end zone for a touchdown which tied the score at 20–20, forcing overtime; previously, a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos had ended in a 35–35 tie. The Giants were denied a game-winning score when Pete Gogolak missed a 42-yard field goal attempt, despite protests from Gogolak that he had made the kick. The Jets subsequently won 26–20 on a five-yard pass from Namath to Boozer after 6:53 of play in the extra period.
|1||September 15||Washington Redskins||L 10–13||0–1||Yale Bowl||49,849||Recap|
|2||September 22||New England Patriots||L 20–28||0–2||Yale Bowl||44,082||Recap|
|3||September 29||at Dallas Cowboys||W 14–6||1–2||Texas Stadium||45,841||Recap|
|4||October 6||Atlanta Falcons||L 7–14||1–3||Yale Bowl||42,379||Recap|
|5||October 13||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 7–35||1–4||Veterans Stadium||64,801||Recap|
|6||October 20||at Washington Redskins||L 3–24||1–5||RFK Stadium||53,879||Recap|
|7||October 27||Dallas Cowboys||L 7–21||1–6||Yale Bowl||57,381||Recap|
|8||November 3||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 33–27||2–6||Arrowhead Stadium||61,437||Recap|
|9||November 10||New York Jets||L 20–26 (OT)||2–7||Yale Bowl||64,327||Recap|
|10||November 17||at Detroit Lions||L 19–20||2–8||Tiger Stadium||40,431||Recap|
|11||November 24||St. Louis Cardinals||L 21–23||2–9||Yale Bowl||40,615||Recap|
|12||December 1||at Chicago Bears||L 13–16||2–10||Soldier Field||18,802||Recap|
|13||December 8||Philadelphia Eagles||L 7–20||2–11||Yale Bowl||21,170||Recap|
|14||December 15||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 14–26||2–12||Busch Memorial Stadium||47,414||Recap|
- Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
Week 3 at Cowboys
Week 9 vs Jets
Week 11 vs Cardinals
|St. Louis Cardinals||10||4||0||.714||7–1||8–3||285||218||W1|
|New York Giants||2||12||0||.143||1–7||1–10||195||299||L6|
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