Nashville, TN – This week’s game marks the 12th meeting between the Tennessee Titans and the New York Giants. The Giants lead 6-5 in the series, which dates back to September 16th, 1973, when the Giants defeated the Houston Oilers 34-14 in the season opener at Yankee Stadium.
Of all opponents that have been in existence since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Giants, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have played the Oilers/Titans the fewest amount of times—11 games each.
After the Giants won the first five matchups with the franchise, the Titans/Oilers won the next five meetings. The streak included a 10-6 Oilers win in 1997, a 28-14 win in 2000, a 32-29 overtime victory in 2002, a come from-behind 24-21 win in 2006, and a 29-10 decision in 2010.
The Giants took back the series momentum in 2014 with a 36-7 victory at Nissan Stadium. The Giants scored the game’s first 30 points as Eli Manning passed for 260 yards and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. recorded 130 receiving yards
The last and only time the Titans have played the Giants at MetLife Stadium was on September 26th, 2010. The Titans defense forced three turnovers, while Chris Johnson rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries to help the Titans to a 29-10 victory.
Despite their infrequent meetings, the Titans have enjoyed two of their most dramatic finishes since the team moved to Tennessee against the Giants. On a cold and windy day at the Meadowlands on December 1st, 2002, Steve McNair helped force overtime with a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion in the final seconds of regulation, and Joe Nedney sealed the win when he connected on a 38-yard field goal. Eddie George rushed for 64 yards to pass Earl Campbell as the all-time rushing leader in franchise history.
In 2006, rookie quarterback Vince Young led arguably one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history against the Giants. Down 21-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Titans rallied to score touchdowns on three consecutive drives and then won the game on a 49-yard field goal by kicker Rob Bironas. It tied for the second-biggest comeback in NFL history with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and was the largest comeback in NFL history (fourth quarter or otherwise) led by a rookie quarterback.
Most Recent Matchups
2002 Week 13 • Dec. 1, 2002 • TITANS 32 at Giants 29 (OT)
Steve McNair leads the Titans to an overtime win after erasing a 26-14 deficit in the fourth quarter. McNair passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including a nine-yard touchdown to Frank Wycheck with nine seconds remaining in regulation.
The 12-play, 81-yard drive, which began with 2:13 on the clock, is capped by McNair’s run for a two-point conversion to tie the score and force overtime. Following a New York punt in overtime, McNair directs a 60-yard drive, highlighted by a 23-yard pass to John Simon, before Joe Nedney boots a game-winning, 38-yard field goal.
2006 Week 12 • Nov. 26, 2006 • Giants 21 at TITANS 24
The Titans pull off one of the most dramatic comebacks in franchise history after trailing 21-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining. Led by rookie quarterback Vince Young, they score touchdowns on three consecutive drives and then win on a 49-yard field goal by kicker Rob Bironas with six seconds on the clock.
Two of the four scoring drives result from interceptions by Pacman Jones. It ties for the second-biggest comeback in NFL history with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and is the largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history.
2010 Week 13 • Sept. 26, 2010 • TITANS 29 at Giants 10
Chris Johnson rushes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, and the Titans defense forces three crucial turnovers in the team’s first game at MetLife Stadium. The Titans score 19 unanswered second-half points, including a 13-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to Kenny Britt.
Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks and cornerback Jason McCourty each notch their first career interception. McCourty’s interception and cornerback Alterraun Verner’s fumble recovery occur with the Titans backed up against their own end zone.
2014 Week 14 • Dec. 7, 2014 • GIANTS 36 at Titans 7
The Giants force three turnovers and register eight sacks. Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger is knocked out of the game for the second consecutive week with a shoulder injury. The Giants score the game’s first 30 points as Eli Manning passes for 260 yards and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. records 130 receiving yards.
The Titans’ only touchdown comes on a 23-yard interception return by Marqueston Huff. Josh Brown boots five field goals for the Giants. Rookie Andre Williams rushes for 131 yards and a score.