New York Giants' 2013 Fun Facts: Then again, maybe they aren't fun at all

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Facts and figures from the Giants' 2013 season.

In large part you have probably already moved forward from the 2013 season for the New York Giants. Granted, it is preferable to look forward instead of backward, especially when the recent past is unpleasant. The Giants, however, Wednesday issued a season-ending release filled with lots of facts and figures about the 2013 season. As painful as it may be to rehash some of it, let's take a look back.

  • The Giants' 7-9 finish was their first sub-.500 finish since 2004. That is the longest stretch since playing 10 straight .500 or better seasons from 1954-63. Conclusion: The 2013 season was not pleasant, but with two titles in the Tom Coughlin era almost every fan base in the league would trade place with Giants' fans. Things have been pretty darn good.
  • Showing that the Giants were indeed a middle of the road, or worse, team not capable of making the playoffs is the fact that all nine of their losses came to teams that finished .500 or better.
  • Coughlin preaches constantly about not turning the ball over, and the Giants' season was a microcosm of exactly why. The Giants were 5-0 in games where the turnover differential favored them. They did, however, turn the ball over an NFL-leading 44 times. That is the worst by the Giants since they turned the ball over 50 times in 1983. They went 3-12-1 that season with quarterbacks Scott Brunner (22), Jeff Rutledge (8) and Phil Simms (1) combining for 31 interceptions.
  • The Giants were the only team in the league with at least one turnover in all 16 regular-season games.
  • The Giants started 46 different players in 2013, tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for second-highest in the league. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started 47.
  • The Giants gave up nine 'miscellaneous' touchdowns in 2013 (three punt returns, three fumble returns, three interception returns), most in the league, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • In 10 games against the league's top eight rushers the Giants allowed more than 100 yards rushing only once.
  • Green Bay's Mason Crosby kicked a 57-yard field against the Giants on Nov. 17 at MetLife Stadium. That was the longest field goal ever against the Gints, surpassing the 55-yarder by Washington's Brett Conway during the 2001 season.
  • The Giants were 0-4 in 2013 when deferring after winning the coin toss, and 0-5 over the past two years while doing. Memo to Coughlin: Take the ball!
  • Coughlin finished the season with 158 career regular-season victories, tied with legendary Paul Brown for 14th-most all-time.
  • Manning's career-high 27 interceptions gave him 171 for his career, breaking Charlie Conerly's franchise career record of 167. To put bookends on an awful year, Manning's first pass (DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys) and last pass (Josh Wilson, Washington).
  • The Giants started eight running backs (six halfbacks, two fullbacks) in 2013. That is more than any NFL team has started since the strike season of 1987.
  • The Giants used seven different starting combinations on the offensive line, second-highest in the league. The Oakland Raiders used eight.
  • Placekicker Josh Brown hit a franchise-record 17 straight field goals at one point during the season, the streak snapped when he missed a 50-yard attempt. Brown's 88.5 percent field-goal accuracy (23-of-26) was third-best in franchise history behind John Carney (35-of-38, 92.1 percent, 2008) and Brad Daluiso (24-of-27, 88.9 percent, 1996).
  • Steve Weatherford punted a career-high 91 times, nearly six per game. That is another indication of how bad the Giants were offensively.

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