Sunday, December 19, 2010

Notes From A Giants Fan

Epic Collapse: Giants Allow 28 4th Quarter Points, Lose 38-31 to Eagles | NY Giants Central

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Justin Tuck  of the New York Giants celebrates after defeating the Washington Redskins on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

This is going to be my shortest recap ever, because I’m itching to go out and do something to take my mind off the game. With the division at stake, the Giants had an epic meltdown in one of the worst losses in the team’s history, blowing a 31-10 lead with just 8:17 to go in the 4th quarter.

The Eagles responded after a touchdown pass to Kevin Boss—Eli Manning’s fourth of the day—by needing just two plays to score after a 65-yard touchdown reception by Brent Celek. The Giants vaunted defense disappeared for eight minutes; it felt like it was Michael Vick against a Pop Warner team.

Surprising only Tom Coughlin and Special Teams coach Tom Quinn, the Eagles onside kicked on the following kickoff and the Giants weren’t ready. It was perfectly place by David Akers and the Eagles recovered.

They proceeded to drive down the field and scored on a four yard run by Vick.

So the Giants lead 31-24 with 5:28 to play, their destiny in their own hands. They responded by only getting one first down and passing the ball on third and 11—a false start by David Diehl forced the hand of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and took away the running option, which turned out to be one of the more costly mistakes of the game.

The pass was incomplete and the Giants punted, giving Vick the ball back with 3:01 left and a mere 88 yards to go. The way the Giants defense was melting down, it almost felt like they had the ball inside the 10.
With runs by Vick of 33 and 22 yards, he set up the game tying touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin, completing the comeback.

But wait, there is still over a minute to play and the Giants have three timeouts, we can still win this! Not so fast. After two incompletes and a sack, the Giants lined up to punt with 12 seconds left.
Matt Dodge on one end and DeSean Jackson on the other; even my three-year old nephew could solve this puzzle—PUNT IT OUT OF BOUNDS!

Apparently Dodge didn’t get the memo from Coughlin or Quinn and kicked a line drive punt worthy of something he would have kicked in junior high, and Jackson picked it up and broke three tackles on his way to the end zone with no time left.

Although it’s easy to place the blame on Dodge, not only should he have not been in that position in the first place, but it’s hard to even fathom the Giants winning the game in overtime. This was a collective failure of epic proportions.

After the game, Justin Tuck said “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, we aren’t dead.” Correct, you aren’t dead, but your head is hanging off the spinal cord and my nephew’s safety scissors could snap it off.
The Giants better respond next week in a winner take all Wild Card matchup next weekend against the Packers, or Tom Coughlin is going to lose his job.

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