|1979 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Ray Perkins|
|General manager||George Young|
|Owner||Timothy J. Mara|
|Home field||Giants Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1979 New York Giants season was the franchise's 55th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants had a 6–10 record in 1979 and finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division.
The Giants were one of three franchises, not including the Seattle Seahawks (an expansion team that began play in 1976), which did not make the playoffs during any year of the 1970s. The others were the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.
Before the 1979 NFL Draft, Bill Walsh, who was the new coach of the San Francisco 49ers, flew to Morehead State University with assistant coach Sam Wyche to work out quarterback Phil Simms. Walsh was so impressed with him that he planned to draft Simms, actually preferring him over another young quarterback they scouted and ultimately drafted, Joe Montana. The Giants, however, decided to make Simms their first-round pick to the surprise of many. As Simms acknowledged, "most people have never heard of me." When Simms' name was announced by Commissioner Pete Rozelle, his selection was booed loudly by Giants fans. However, he became more popular with his teammates, who jokingly dubbed him "Prince Valiant" in his rookie training camp.
|1979 New York Giants draft|
|1||7||Phil Simms *||QB||Morehead State|
|6||145||Bob Torrey||RB||Penn State|
|6||158||Eddie Hicks||RB||East Carolina|
|7||172||Steve Alvers||TE||Miami (FL)|
|8||201||Roy Simmons||OG||Georgia Tech|
|11||282||Mike Mince||DB||Fresno State|
|11||284||Ken Johnson||RB||Miami (FL)|
|12||310||Tim Gillespie||OG||NC State|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1979 New York Giants staff|
Special teams coaches
|1979 New York Giants roster|
Simms won his first five starts in his rookie year. He led the team to a 6–4 record as a starter, throwing for 1,743 yards and 13 touchdown passes, and was named to the NFL All Rookie Team. According to his 1981 Topps trading card, he was runner-up in 1979 for Rookie of the Year, losing out to future teammate Ottis Anderson.
|1||September 2, 1979||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 23–17|
|2||September 9, 1979||St. Louis Cardinals||L 27–14|
|3||September 17, 1979||at Washington Redskins||L 27–0|
|4||September 23, 1979||Philadelphia Eagles||L 17–13|
|5||September 30, 1979||at New Orleans Saints||L 24–14|
|6||October 7, 1979||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 17–14|
|7||October 14, 1979||San Francisco 49ers||W 32–16|
|8||October 21, 1979||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 21–17|
|9||October 28, 1979||at Los Angeles Rams||W 20–14|
|10||November 4, 1979||Dallas Cowboys||L 16–14|
|11||November 11, 1979||Atlanta Falcons||W 24–3|
|12||November 18, 1979||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 31–3|
|13||November 25, 1979||Washington Redskins||W 14–6|
|14||December 2, 1979||at Dallas Cowboys||L 28–7|
|15||December 9, 1979||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 29–20|
|16||December 16, 1979||Baltimore Colts||L 31–7|
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||1–7||5–9||237||323||L3|
|St. Louis Cardinals||5||11||0||.313||2–6||4–8||307||358||L1|
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