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. The Giants played their home games at Giants Stadium. 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

1981 New York Giants Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Ray Perkins Defensive Coordinator: Bill Parcells 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 Defensive Backfield Coach: Fred Glick Assistant Linebackers Coach: Bill Belichick 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