1944 New York Giants season

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1944 New York Giants season
Head coach Steve Owen
Home field Polo Grounds
Results
Record 8–1–1
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship Game 14–7 (Packers)

The 1944 New York Giants season was the 20th season for the club in the National Football League.

In an April 2013 article, football analytics website Cold Hard Football Facts named the 1944 Giants the "Stingiest Defense in NFL history,"[1] as the team only surrendered 75 points in ten games. "The manpower shortage on NFL fields created a variety of statistical anomalies on both sides of the field," said the article, "and the 1944 Giants are no exception. But even then, the 1944 Giants were a truly awesome unit: the average team scored 18.0 [points per game] in 1944, well above the 7.5 PPG average surrendered by the Giants. [...] But even the best defenses can’t get it done alone: Giants quarterback Arnie Herber threw four interceptions in New York's 14–7 NFL title game loss to Herber's former team, the Packers. The 1944 Giants were a mere No. 5 in scoring offense in the 10-team NFL."

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
4 October 8, 1944 at Boston Yanks W 22–10
5 October 15, 1944 at Brooklyn Tigers W 14–7
6 October 22, 1944 Card-Pitt W 23–0
7 October 29, 1944 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–17
8 November 5, 1944 Boston Yanks W 31–0
9 November 12, 1944 at Philadelphia Eagles T 21–21
10 November 19, 1944 Green Bay Packers W 24–0
11 November 26, 1944 Brooklyn Tigers W 7–0
12 December 3, 1944 Washington Redskins W 16–13
13 December 10, 1944 at Washington Redskins W 31–0


Game Summaries

Week Four: at Boston Yanks

Week Four: New York Giants at Boston Yanks
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 12 0 22
Yanks 3 0 7 0 10

at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 8
  • Game attendance: 17,463
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter

Week Five: at Brooklyn Tigers

Week Five: New York Giants at Brooklyn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 7 0 7 14
Tigers 0 7 0 0 7

at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

  • Date: October 15
  • Game attendance: 24,854
Game information
Second quarter
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Neal Adams 35-yard pass from Soar (Strong kick)

Week Six: vs Cardinals-Pittsburgh Combine

Week Six: Cardinals-Pittsburgh at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Card-Pitt 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 0 9 7 7 23

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: October 22
  • Game attendance: 40,734
Game information
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • NYG Paschal 3-yard run (Strong kick)
Fourth quarter

Week Seven: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week Seven: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 7 7 7 24
Giants 7 10 0 0 17

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: October 29
  • Game attendance: 42,639
Game information
First quarter
  • PHI Roy Zimmerman 22-yard FG
  • NYG Liebel 63-yard fumble return (Strong kick)
Second quarter
  • NYG Strong 26-yard FG
  • NYG Paschal 68-yard run (Cuff kick)
Third quarter
  • PHI Zimmerman 15-yard pass from Zimmerman (Zimmerman kick)
Fourth quarter
  • PHI Zimmerman 1-yard run (Zimmerman kick)

Week Eight: vs. Boston Yanks

Week Eight: Boston Yanks at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Yanks 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 10 0 14 7 31

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: November 5
  • Game attendance: 28,364
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Len Calligaro 1-yard run (Strong kick)
  • NYG Strong 38-yard FG
Third quarter
  • NYG Cuff 40-yard pass from Joe Sulaitis (Strong kick)
  • NYG Paschal 18-yard run (Strong kick)
Fourth quarter

Week Nine: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week Nine: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 0 0 14 21
Eagles 7 7 7 0 21

at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 12
  • Game attendance: 33,248
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Paschal 1-yard run (Strong kick)
  • PHI Steve Van Buren 97-yard kickoff return (Zimmerman kick)
Second quarter
  • PHI Mel Bleeker 9-yard pass from Zimmerman (Zimmerman kick)
Third quarter
  • PHI Bleeker 48-yard pass from Zimmerman (Zimmerman kick)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Livingston 12-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Strong kick)
  • NYG Liebel 58-yard pass from Herber (Strong kick)

Week Ten: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week Ten: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 7 7 3 7 24

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: November 19
  • Game attendance: 56,481
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Livingston 34-yard interception return (Strong kick)
Second quarter
  • NYG Liebel 36-yard pass from Herber (Strong kick)
Third quarter
  • NYG Strong 8-yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Paschal 1-yard run (Strong kick)

Week Eleven: vs. Brooklyn Tigers

Week Eleven: Brooklyn Tigers at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 7 0 0 0 7

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: November 26
  • Game attendance: 29,387
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Paschal 1-yard run (Strong kick)

Week Twelve: vs. Washington Redskins

Week Twelve: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 10 3 0 13
Giants 10 0 0 6 16

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: December 3
  • Game attendance: 47,457
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Petrilas 24-yard interception return (Strong kick)
  • NYG Strong 17-yard FG
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • WAS Aguirre 7-yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Paschal 2-yard run (conversion failed)

Week Thirteen: at Washington Redskins

Week Thirteen: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 14 0 7 10 31
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.

  • Date: December 10
  • Game attendance: 35,540
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Cuff 22-yard pass from Herber (Strong kick)
  • NYG Liebel 11-yard pass from Herber (Strong kick)
Third quarter
  • NYG Liebel 44-yard pass from Herber (Strong kick)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Cuff 32-yard FG
  • NYG Chuck Avedisian 48-yard interception return (Strong kick)

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result
Championship December 17, 1944 Green Bay Packers L 14–7

1944 NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants

1944 NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 14 0 0 14
Giants 0 0 0 7 7

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: December 17
  • Game attendance: 46,015
Game information

Standings

NFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 1 1 .889 6–1–1 206 75 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 7 1 2 .875 6–0–2 267 131 W2
Washington Redskins 6 3 1 .667 4–3–1 169 180 L2
Boston Yanks 2 8 0 .200 2–6 82 233 L2
Brooklyn Tigers 0 10 0 .000 8-0 69 166 L0

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

See also

References

  1. ^ Cold Hard Football Facts, The 100 Stingiest Defenses In Football History April 1, 2013

1944 New York Giants season at Pro Football Reference

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