Countdown to 2020: The Giants

Date: Sept. 14

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

All-Time Regular-Season Series: Giants lead, 44-30-3.


Last Meeting: Steelers 24, Giants 14, Dec. 4, 2016, Heinz Field. What turned out to be the last Ben Roethlisberger-vs.-Eli Manning matchup at quarterback ended with both completing 24 passes, including two for touchdowns. But Roethlisberger threw for 289 yards and Manning 195. Manning also threw two interceptions to Roethlisberger's one. The Steelers achieved a 14-0 lead on the strength of a safety, three Randy Bullock field goals and a Roethlisberger-to-Antonio Brown touchdown pass (their attempt for a two-point conversion failed).

Game action from Week 13 against the New York Giants on December 4, 2016

Last Season: The Giants went 4-12 and finished third in the NFC East. New York ranked 23rd in total offense (19th rushing, 18th passing) and 25th in total defense (20th rushing, 28th passing).

Since Then: Pat Shurmur has been replaced by Joe Judge as the Giants' head coach. Judge is a former protege of Bill Belichick and Nick Saban and was on staffs that won three Super Bowls in New England and two national championships at Alabama. The Giants have also taken significant steps to protect second-year QB Daniel Jones. New York had three picks among the top 99 selections in the NFL Draft in April and invested two of them in offensive tackles, Andre Thomas of Georgia (fourth overall) and Matt Peart of UConn (No. 99 overall). CB James Bradberry (Carolina) and LB Blake Martinez (Green Bay) were New York's highest-priced and highest-profile additions in unrestricted free agency.

217 rushes for 1,003 yards and six TDs Giants RB Saquon Barkley in 2019

Headliners: RB Saquon Barkley carried 217 times for 1,003 yards (a 4.6 average per carry) and six touchdowns in 2019. Barkley added 438 yards receiving and finished 11th in the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,441. Jones took over for Manning and completed 61.9 percent of his passes (284-for-459), with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, in 13 games (12 starts) as a rookie in 2019.


Stat That Matters: The Giants haven't won a playoff game since they defeated the Patriots, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012. New York has registered double-digit totals in losses in five of the last six seasons and has gone a combined 24-56 in those five campaigns. The exception was an 11-5 showing in 2016 that ended with a 38-13 loss to Green Bay in an NFC Wild Card Game.

Memorable Meeting: The Steelers visited the Giants in the regular-season finale on Dec. 15, 1963 at Yankee Stadium with a trip to the NFL Championship Game at stake. Although they had beaten the Giants, 31-0, in the teams' initial meeting in Pittsburgh, New York prevailed this time, 33-17, and went on to play the Bears for the title (Chicago won, 14-10). QB Y.A. Tittle threw for 308 yards and three TDs for the Giants. RB John Henry Johnson rushed for 104 yards for the Steelers, who fell to 7-4-3 and fourth in the NFL's East Division with the loss.


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