The New York Giants of 1974 had many changes prior to the season and in season as well and failed to improve upon a dismal 1973 campaign. Former Giants great Andy Robustelli was brought in as the new general manager and former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger was brought in as head coach. In October, starting quarterback Norm Snead was shipped to San Francisco and former Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Craig Morton was brought in to salvage the season. Unfortunately for the Giants, too many narrow losses snowballed into a 2-12 record in 1974. In addition, they played all home games in the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut on the campus of Yale University. This is a look back at their only two wins of the 1974 season.
September 29, 1974 Texas Stadium Irving, TX New York Giants 14 Dallas Cowboys 6: The Giants got on the board in the second quarter when Norm Snead hit Walker Gillette for 50 yards putting the Giants at the Dallas eight-yard line. Doug Kotar of the Giants rambled in from the two for the first score of the game. On the ensuing kickoff the Cowboys Dennis Morgan fumbled the ball and Chuck Crist of the Giants recovered at the Dallas 23. Three plays later Snead hit Joe Dawkins out of the backfield for a 14-yard scoring pass. The Cowboys finally got on the board in the third quarter when Roger Staubach hit Bob Hayes for a 35-yard scoring pass but Mac Percival missed the extra point.
The Giants defense was able to intercept Staubach three times in the game. In addition recovered two fumbles including one that led to the Dawkins touchdown, Dallas was in the midst of a four game losing streak that doomed their season in 1974,
November 3, 1974 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO New York Giants 33 Kansas City Chiefs 27: The game came down to final play of the game when Giants safety Chuck Crist tackled the Chiefs Larry Brunson at the one-yard line and held him down till the clock ran out to preserve the win. This after the Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson had marched them 80 yards downfield but only to fall short of victory.
In a back and forth game the Chiefs got the scoring going in the first quarter when running back Woody Green scored from a yard out. The Giants came right back when Craig Morton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Walker Gillette to tie the game in the first quarter. In the second quarter the Giants Ron Johnson scored from a yard out but kicker Pete Gogolak missed the extra point making it 13-7 Giants. Johnson added another touchdown in the quarter again scoring from a yard out making the score 20-7 New York. However the Chiefs where able to close the gap to 20-14 when Dawson hit tight end Morris Stroud from eight yards out towards halftime.
in the third and fourth quarters the teams traded field goals when Gogolak hit from 33 and 35 yards while Jan Stenerud of the Chiefs hit from 19 yards away. The Chiefs got the score to 26-24 when Dawson threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Brunson from 23 yards out. However on thrid and one from the Giants 49, Morton play action the Chiefs and hit Joe Dawkins all alone for an easy 51-yard score making it 33-24 Giants. The Chiefs closed the gap to 33-27 when Stenerud hit another field goalthis time from 42 yards out to make it 33-27 New York.
This would be the last victory of the season as they would lose their final six games of the season losing several close calls in the process. The Morton trade would prove costly as Dallas would use the number one pick they received in the 1975 National Football League draft on Hall of Fame defensive tackle Randy White.
1874 New York Giants John Schaefer