|NY GIANTS HISTORY 2010 - 2020|
- The 2010 season will always elicit mixed reactions from the New York Giants.
- Playing their 86th season, the Giants moved into a beautiful new home, New Meadowlands Stadium, which is located just a few yards away from where Giants Stadium, their home from 1976-2009, once stood. The Giants were 10-6, one of a record-tying 13 teams to finish with double-digit victories. They finished the season with the same record as the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles, the same record as the eventual Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers and the same record as the 2007 Giants team that won Super Bowl XLII.
- But ultimately, the season did not meet their expectations because the Giants did not make the playoffs. Two losses to the Eagles and another to the Packers in the final seven weeks of the season first cost the Giants the NFC East title and then an opportunity to participate in the postseason. The Giants lost the NFC’s last postseason berth on a tiebreaker.
- The Giants ended their season with an unusual blend of emotions. They accepted their fate and took responsibility for coming up short, but they were equally defiant in their belief that they are better than a playoff non-qualifier. “I’m really disappointed to be here talking to you guys about 10-6,” general manager Jerry Reese said at his season-ending news conference. “I really felt like we had an opportunity to get into the playoffs and really do some damage when we got there, but it didn’t work out that way. I’m really disappointed, even more so than last year because we put ourselves in position and that’s what our goal is every year, to put ourselves in a position and we put ourselves in position and we just did not finish the job and that’s very disappointing.”
- Although disappointed at missing the playoffs for the second season in a row, Coach Tom Coughlin had high praise for his players.“I love this team, I love these guys, I think they’re strong character people, we work together on everything, we’re all in it together, we’re all for one, one for all and that’s the way that it has to be,” Coughlin said. “It’s a group of guys that don’t make excuses for anything, they accept responsibility, they accept whatever takes place. They’ve done an outstanding job this year of adjusting to some very unusual circumstances that surround the game. They’ve done a good job of that. We’ve had a couple of huge disappointments, emotionally we weren’t to where we should have been. We did come back to a certain level (in the season finale vs. Washington), but it’s an outstanding group of guys who by and large are on the same page, they’re focused, they come to work, they prepare themselves, they play hard, there are all kinds of personalities just like there always is, but as I said, I’m very, very appreciative of the kind of effort, the attitude, the enthusiasm, and the fact that this year’s team was a very responsive team.”
- The Giants had many impressive statistical achievements in 2010. The offense (fifth) and defense (seventh) each finished in the top 10 of the NFL rankings. Eli Manning set franchise records for completions and completion percentage and became the first Giants quarterback with two 4,000-yard seasons and the second with more than 30 touchdown passes. Ahmad Bradshaw (1,235) and Brandon Jacobs (823) rushed for a combined 2,058 yards. Despite missing three games with injuries, Hakeem Nicks had one of the finest seasons by a wide receiver in Giants history with 79 catches for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mario Manningham caught 60 passes, including 85- and 92-yard touchdowns. Osi Umenyiora (10 forced fumbles) and Justin Tuck (five fumble recoveries) tied for the team lead with 11.5 sacks.
- But those players and the rest of the team and coaches ultimately exited the season with an empty feeling.“Overall, I’m disappointed in the outcome of the season,” said quarterback Eli Manning, who threw for 4,002 yards and 31 touchdowns, but also tossed 25 interceptions. “We thought we had potential. We thought we had players to make it in the playoffs and make a run, and we didn’t accomplish that. We didn’t play well enough at times of the season to make it into the playoffs.”
- “We had a good year,” Tuck said. “Ten and six is nothing to hold your head down about. Obviously, it wasn’t good enough, and we always have a goal of reaching the playoffs and going deep in the playoffs and hopefully winning the Super Bowl. It didn’t happen this year, but we’re not going to hold our heads about it. We had opportunities, and you try your best to learn from them. Hopefully, that’s being carried over to next year and it gets us to work a little harder in running and work a little harder in lifting and propel us to where we want to be next year.”