Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 56-41-2; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
The Giants defeated Dallas twice in the last four weeks of the 2011 season to sweep the series for the second time in three years. They improved to 3-0 in Cowboys Stadium with a 37-34 triumph on Dec. 11 and clinched the NFC East championship with a 31-14 triumph on Jan. 1. The Giants have won five of their last six games vs. Dallas. The Cowboys last swept the season series in 2007 (when the Giants later won the only playoff game the teams have played against each other). The Giants have swept the season series 12 times, while Dallas has 18 series sweeps. The Giants are 18-31-1 in Dallas, while the Cowboys are 1-1 in MetLife Stadium.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 11-6; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
The Giants have a three-game winning streak in the series, including a 24-14 victory in a 2007 NFC Wild Card Game. This is their first meeting since Sept. 27, 2009, when the Giants shut out the Bucs, 24-0, in Tampa. The teams last faced each other in New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2006, a 17-3 Giants victory. The Giants are 6-1 in home games vs. the Buccaneers.
Series Record: Regular season: Tied, 3-3; Postseason: Giants trail, 1-0
The Giants defeated Carolina, 31-18, in the first regular season game in MetLife Stadium on Sept. 10, 2010. Their most important victory in the series was a 34-28 overtime triumph in Giants Stadium on Dec. 21, 2008, when the Giants clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. In that game, the Giants rushed for 301 yards, the fifth-highest total in franchise history. The Giants will make only their third regular season visit to Charlotte, where they are 1-1.
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 80-72-2; Postseason: Tied, 2-2
The longtime rivals split their two games in 2011, with each team winning on the road. The Giants prevailed on Sept. 25 in Lincoln Financial Field, 29-16, to end a six-game losing streak in the series (including one postseason game). Philadelphia won the rematch on Nov. 20 in MetLife Stadium, 17-10. Each team has swept the season series 11 times in the last 27 years. The Giants won each game in 1985, 86, 87, 93, 94, 97-2000, 2005 and 2007). Philadelphia swept the series in 1988, 89, 91, 92, 95, 96, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010. The teams split their season series in 1990, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2011. The Giants are 5-4 in the regular season and 0-1 in postseason play in Lincoln Financial Field and 0-2 against the Eagles in MetLife Stadium.
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 26-19-2; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants are 9-12-2 in home games vs. Cleveland, including a 27-10 triumph in Giants Stadium on Sept. 26, 2004. The teams last met on Oct. 13, 2008, where the Browns pinned the first loss on the defending champion Giants in a Monday night game, 35-14. From 1950-69, the Giants and Browns had one of the NFL’s greatest rivalries, playing each other twice each season (except for 1968). Since the Browns moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger, they have played each other only eight times (each team has own four). The Giants had a four-game winning streak in the series, including two victories in Cleveland (24-3 on Nov. 5, 2000 and 16-13 on Dec. 4, 1994), before the Browns’ triumph four years ago.
San Francisco 49ers
Series Record: Regular season: Series tied, 14-14; Postseason: Series tied, 4-4
The Giants and 49ers meet for the third time in two seasons in Candlestick, where they played two thrilling games in the 2011 season. On Nov. 11, Eli Manning’s late fourth-down pass was batted down by Justin Smith and the 49ers escaped with a 27-20 victory. The teams clashed again in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 22, when Lawrence Tynes’ 31-yard field goal in overtime gave the Giants a 20-17 triumph. Since that game, two players who helped the Giants win the Super Bowl – Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham – have joined the 49ers. The regular season loss last year broke the Giants’ three-game winning streak in the series. Prior to that, the 49ers had won the previous five meetings, including postseason triumphs in 1993 and 2002. The Giants are 4-7 in the regular season and 2-4 in the postseason in Candlestick Park since the 49ers moved there in 1971. How close is this series? The teams have met 36 times in the regular season and postseason. Each team has 18 victories and they are separated by only nine points. The 49ers hold the points edge in the regular season, 560-553 and in the postseason, 178-176.
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 91-63-4; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants have faced the Redskins 158 times in the regular season since their first game in 1932, making this their most frequently-contested rivalry. In 2011, Washington swept the season series for the first time since 1999, winning on Sept. 11 in FedEx Field, 28-14, and on Dec. 18 in MetLife Stadium, 23-10. Entering the 2011 season, the Giants had won six in a row and nine of their last 10 games vs. the Redskins. The Redskins’ victory on Kickoff Weekend broke the Giants’ five-game winning streak in Washington. The Giants have swept the season series with the Redskins 30 times.
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 44-28-3
The teams will meet for the first time since Oct. 26, 2008, when the Giants defeated the Steelers, 21-14, in Heinz Field. The Giants last hosted Pittsburgh on Dec. 18, 2004, when the Steelers earned a 33-30 victory on their way to a 15-1 finish. The teams met every season from 1933 through 1969, except when the series was interrupted by World War II in 1943 and 44. Since the Steelers moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger they have played only eight times, five in Giants Stadium and three in Pittsburgh. Each team won four times.
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 5-3
The Giants will be looking to win for the first time in Cincinnati, where they are 0-5, including a 23-22 loss in Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 26, 2004. They also lost to the Bengals in Riverfront Stadium in the series’ first four games, in 1972, 77, 85 and 91. The teams last met on Sept. 21, 2008, when the Giants earned a 26-23 overtime victory. The Giants also defeated the Bengals at home on Oct. 26, 1997 (29-27) and Dec. 11, 1994 (27-20).
Green Bay Packers
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 26-22-2; Postseason: Giants trail, 4-3
The Giants and Packers will meet for the fourth time in the last three seasons. On Dec. 4, 2011, the Packers improved to 12-0 with a 38-35 victory that was secured with a last-second 31-yard field goal by Mason Crosby. Six weeks later, the Giants routed the Packers, 37-20, in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game in Lambeau Field. In was the Giants’ second postseason victory in a row in Green Bay, including their epic 23-20 overtime triumph in frigid Lambeau in the 2007 NFC Championship Game. The Giants have lost their last four home games against the Packers, in 1998, 2001, 2007 and last season. The Giants’ most recent home victory over Green Bay was a 27-7 decision on Nov. 8, 1992.
New Orleans Saints
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 14-12
The Giants have lost three in a row and four of their last five games against the Saints. Their only triumph in that streak was a 27-10 Monday night victory on Sept. 19, 2005 in Giants Stadium – though it was a Saints home game because the team was forced to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. On Nov. 28, 2011, New Orleans defeated the Giants, 49-24, in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The Giants will host the Saints for the first time since Dec. 24, 2006, when New Orleans triumphed, 30-7. The Giants are 10-4 in home games vs. the Saints, who will make their first visit to MetLife Stadium. Total points in the 26 regular season meetings: Giants 546, Saints 544.
Series Record: Regular season: Series tied, 10-10; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
The Giants defeated Atlanta, 24-2, on Jan. 8, 2012 in the teams’ first-ever postseason meeting. They last met in the regular season on Nov. 22, 2009, when the Giants won in overtime, 34-31. Prior to that Giants triumph, the visiting team had won the previous 12 games in the series dating back to 1981, the longest such streak in NFL history. The Giants have won their last seven games in Atlanta, where they are 8-3 overall, including 3-0 in the Georgia Dome. They defeated the Falcons, 27-14, on Oct. 15, 2006 and 31-10 exactly a year later.
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 2-1; Postseason: Giants trail, 1-0
The Giants are 1-2 against the Ravens in the regular season. They won the team’s most recent meeting, 30-10, on Nov. 16, 2008 in Giants Stadium. In their first two games against Baltimore, the Giants lost, at home, 24-23, on Sept. 14, 1997 and at M&T Bank Stadium, 31-14, on Dec. 12, 2004. Baltimore also defeated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV on Jan. 28, 2001 in Tampa. Except for 2005, the teams met in the preseason every year from 1996-2007 and again in 2010. The Ravens lead that series, 7-5.
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