1981 New York Giants schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
9-7-0 1-1 4947 3014 1933 41 282 5474 3355 2119 37 334
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The New York Giants' fifty-seventh season was in 1981, and it was the third season Ray Perkins served as the head coach of the team. They finished the year 9-7-0 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs, eventually losing to the San Francisco 49ers 38-24. At the end of the season Lawrence Taylor earned AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and AP Defensive Player of the Year.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 Philadelphia Eagles 10-24
Week 2 @ Washington Redskins 17-7
Week 3 New Orleans Saints 20-7
Week 4 @ Dallas Cowboys 10-18
Week 5 Green Bay Packers 14-27
Week 6 St. Louis Cardinals 34-14
Week 7 @ Seattle Seahawks 32-0
Week 8 @ Atlanta Falcons 27-24
Week 9 New York Jets 7-26
Week 10 @ Green Bay Packers 24-26
Week 11 Washington Redskins 27-30
Week 12 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20-10
Week 13 @ San Francisco 49ers 10-17
Week 14 Los Angeles Rams 10-7
Week 15 @ St. Louis Cardinals 20-10
Week 16 Dallas Cowboys 13-10


Week Opponent Score Notes
Wild Card Round @ Philadelphia Eagles 27-21
Divisional Round @ San Francisco 49ers 24-38


Head Coach: Ray Perkins Defensive Coordinator: Bill Parcells, Ralph Hawkins Quarterbacks Coach: Ernie Adams Wide Receivers Coach: Pat Hodgson Offensive Line Coach: Bill Austin Offensive Backfield Coach: Bob Lord Defensive Line Coach: Lamar Leachman Linebackers Coach: Bill Parcells Assistant Linebackers Coach: Bill Belichick Defensive Backfield Coach: Fred Glick Defensive Assistant Coach: Romeo Crennel Special Teams Coach: Bill Belichick Special Teams Assistant Coach: Romeo Crennel Consultant: Jim Lee Howell Strength Coach: Jim Williams Scout: Roosevelt Brown, Ken Kavanaugh Special Scout: Jim Lee Howell