- 28 forced fumbles, 13 recovered (both tied for 4th in the league)
- 15 interceptions (tied for 8th in the league)
- 97 passes defended (6th in league, 2nd in NFC)
- 4 defensive touchdowns (tied for 4th in league)
What? The defense actually did some things right? Yeah, the Giants much maligned unit that ranked last or next to last in the league in almost every statistical category actually excelled in a few. If Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie held on to two pick sixes, if Landon Collins came down with Tom Brady’s floater, we might be calling the D “bend but don’t break” instead of “a trainwreck”. Can you imagine what this unit can do with a pass rush?
The 2015 Giants will be remembered as a team that wasted its opportunities and couldn’t seal the deal, but there’s still a lot to be proud of and build on in 2016. As everyone from GM Jerry Reese to owner John Mara to former coach Tom Coughlin reiterated, the Giants were only a few plays from being a division champion and playoff contender.