We continue the look into a tool that the NFL provides through its media-only NFLGSIS site — a way to see how teams attack on offense through the ground and air, and how opponents choose to attack them — all by direction.
Now, gameplans are different depending on the opponent, but tendencies can be seen as you look at the data. Some teams will pick on a particular side of the offensive line when running the ball or take more shots downfield than throw short.
We are breaking down all four teams involved in this Sunday’s AFC and NFC Championship Games, and next up is the visitors in the NFC title game, the New York Giants. The Giants will face the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers.
The Giants are the only team left in the NFL playoffs that has played two postseason games. Contained here are the regular season (16 games) and postseason (two games) direction reports.
Here is the Giants’ offense and defense rushing play direction report, with plays, average gain and NFL regular season rank (out of 32 teams) and postseason rank (out of 12 teams). Note that on offense, the higher the rank number for average gain (rush and pass) and passing completion percentage (1, 2, 3) the better, and on defense, the lower rank number for the same categories is better (30, 31, 32).
First, the regular season rushing offense for New York:
And the postseason rushing offense for the Giants:
Next, the regular season rushing defense for New York:
And the postseason rushing defense for the Giants:
And the passing play direction report with plays, average gain, completion percentage and NFL postseason rank (short is 14 or less yards at point of reception/incompletion/interception; long is 15 or more yards):
Here is the regular season passing offense for New York:
The postseason passing offense for the Giants:
The regular season passing defense for New York:
The postseason passing defense for the Giants: