The offseason is upon us and news about the New York Giants is beginning to dwindle. However, Michael Eisen of Giants.com published a very interesting statistical piece about the 2012 season on Wednesday, and in it were notes of several franchise records being broken that flew under the radar. Some of them good, some of them not so good. Either way, 2012 was a record-breaking season for Big Blue.
- Steve Weatherford set the single-season franchise record for average gross punt yards (47.5) – based on a minimum of 35 punts. Although impressive, it ranked him 8th in the NFL this season.
- David Wilson set the rookie franchise record with 1,925 all-purpose yards. His total was also the second highest amongst rookies this season, falling just short of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (1,926). And it wasn't the only franchise record he set this season.
- We've already discussed Stevie Brown's franchise records.
- Eli Manning, who had an off year completing only 59.9% of his passes, actually increased his career completion percentage to 58.6%, moving him into first on the franchise list amongst quarterbacks with at least 1,000 pass attempts.
- The Giants set a franchise record with 37 first down penalties. D'oh!
- On defense, the 6,134 yards allowed was — you guessed it — also a franchise record.
Not all numbers were historic. Some were bizarre, others coincidental and some just downright surprising.
- For the 5th time in franchise history, the offense scored more than 400 points. Four of those five times have occurred under head coach Tom Coughlin: 2012 (429 points), 2008 (427), 2005 (422) and 2009 (402). Kevin Gilbride, who became offensive coordinator in 2007, was also partially responsible for three of those seasons.
- The Giants defense actually improved from 2011 to 2012, allowing 56 fewer points than they did a year ago.
- The Giants offense had less total yardage than a season ago, but scored 35 more points.
- The Giants' plus-14 turnover ratio was the highest since 1997.
- Lawrence Tynes made 33 field goals in 2012, compared to only 19 in 2011.
- The Giants were the only team in the NFL this season who had at least three running backs rush for 100+ yards in a game (Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown and David Wilson).
- Victor Cruz's 86 receptions was the second most in franchise history behind only Steve Smith (107).
And there is your Wednesday afternoon stat dump.
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