Statistical notes from the 2012 season

Despite missing the post-season in 2012, the Giants did accomplish a number of feats. Here are some the important statistical tidbits from the year past.

Offense

  • The offense gained 5,687 yards, 474 yards short of the record total set in 2011.
  • Points, however, increases, as the Giants scored 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history. Last year’s offense scored 394 points in the regular season. This marked the fifth time the franchise’s 88-year history the Giants scored more than 400 points.
  • The ’12 and ’11 Giants scored the same number of offensive touchdowns (47).
  • The ’12 Giants kicked 33 field goals after kicking just 19 in 2011.

Defense

  • Big Blue allowed 6,134 yards and 383.4 yards per game, the most in franchise history. This marked the first time ever the Giants’ defense finished second-worst in the NFL since 1966.
  • Points allowed was not as porous. The Giants allowed opponents to score 344 points, 56 fewer than it did in ’11.
  • In the red zone, the Giants allowed 23 touchdowns on 50 possessions. The 46-percent mark was sixth-best in the NFL. Last year, the Giants allowed 34 touchdowns on 61 trips into the red zone.
  • The Giants finished fourth in the NFL in takeaways (35), which was four more than in ’11, and turnover differential (+14), an improvement over the +7 mark a year ago.

Steve Weatherford

  • Weatherford’s gross punting average of 47.5 yards placed him eighth in the NFL, the highest single-season average by a punter with 35 kicks.

David Wilson

  • The rookie from Virginia Tech totaled 1,925 all-purpose yards, the most by a Giant since Tiki Barber had 2,127 in ’06. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin led all rookies with 1,926 all-purpose yards this season.
  • Wilson’s 227 kickoff return yards against the Saints on Dec. 9 were the most in a single game this year.

Stevie Brown

  • Filling in for the injured Kenny Phillips, Brown totaled eight interceptions, the highest total by a Giant in 44 years.
  • Five interception returns for more than 40 yards is the highest total by an NFL player since Ed Reed accomplished the feat in ’04.

Eli Manning

  • The Giants quarterback completed 59.9 percent of his passes, increasing his career completion percentage to 58.6 percent, moving his past Kerry Collins into first place on the franchise’s all-team list for quarterbacks with more than 1,000 pass attempts.
  • Manning’s 510-yard outing against Tampa Bay Week 2 was the second-highest total by an NFL quarterback this season. Houston’s Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards against Jacksonville on Nov. 18.
  • With 211 passing touchdowns, Manning ranks 26th in NFL history, trailing Terry Bradshaw by one.

Ahmad Bradshaw

  • Along with Andre Brown and Wilson, the Giants were the only NFL team with different 100-yard rushers in the same season.
  • Bradshaw’s 200-yard effort against Cleveland was one of only eight 200-yard games by NFL backs this season. Two came via Adrian Peterson.

Victor Cruz

  • A year removed from his breakout campaign, Cruz’s 86 receptions were the second-highest total in team history. Only Steve Smith’s 107 catches in 2009 was more.

Thanks to Michael Eisen of Giants.com for the stats.
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