Giants defense played a lot in 2011
Now let’s look at some defensive numbers:
The Giants finished ranked 27th overall in defense, allowing 376.4 yards per game. Last year they were ranked seventh.
They also had great difficulty getting off the field. They faces 1,072 plays from scrimmage. Only the Titans and the Cardinals faced more.
In all-important points-per-game, the Giants allowed 25.0, which was ranked, in a case of symmetry, 25th.
Their rushing defense was ranked 19th, allowing 121.2 yards per game. But they allowed 4.5 yards per carry, which was 10th. Again, it’s a sign that they were having trouble getting off the field. To that point, they allowed opponents to convert 84 of 220 third down attempts. That’s a 38 percent success rate for the opposing offenses, which was 16th best in the league.
The Giants’ passing defense was ranked 29th, allowing 255.1 yards per game. They’re in good company here, though. The only three teams ranked below them are the Saints, Packers and Patriots.
They’ve allowed 60 passes of 20 or more yards. Only three teams have allowed more: the Patriots, Packers and Dolphins.
Their 48 sacks were tied for third with the Ravens and behind the Vikings and Eagles who each had 50. The 48 sacks are the most since the 2007 Super Bowl champions led the NFL with 53. Jason Pierre-Paul had one of the Giants’ six sacks on Sunday night to finish the season with 16.5, the highest total by a Giant since Michael Strahan had 18.5 in 2003.