New York Giants News and Notes: Miserable Monday Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. I will start by saying that once again the Giants have given us a bad taste in our mouths heading into a holiday by losing to the Eagles, this time by a 17-10 score last night. Just like last year when the Giants lost in heartbreaking, historic fashion six days before Christmas, this time they lost in heartbreaking fashion four days before Thanksgiving--both times to the Eagles, and both times at MetLife Stadium. This one, however, was not like last year. This time the G-men let Vince Young get too comfortable in the pocket, as he shredded our linebackers and secondary, converting several third downs on a clock-consuming 80-yard touchdown drive with 2:50 left. On the flip side, our offensive line was atrocious--not opening holes and not allowing Manning more than half a second to throw on passing plays. And of course, there was DeSean Jackson. I'm not sure why any punter wearing a Giants' uniform ever would punt the ball to him after what happened last year, but Steve Weatherford did that late in the first half, allowing Jackson to return the ball to about the 5-yard line, after which Steve Smith (yeah, that Steve Smith) caught a TD pass from Young to go up 10-0. I feel miserable this morning, as I'm sure most of you do, and it's going to be hard to shake this week knowing that the Saints, Packers and Cowboys loom next. Here is what is being said:

Head coach Tom Coughlin:

That is the biggest disappointment that we have had around here in a long time. I didn't like the way we played. I know our offensive line was completely outplayed by the front eight of Philadelphia. Our defense did some good things in the first half but the second half was not very good and not what you like. Top it off by putting ourselves in position to tie the game and go into overtime and again we have penetration, breakdowns in protection, somebody gets beat and the quarterback doesn't see him.

Eli Manning about trying to avoid a second-half collapse again (funny how no one dared to ask TC this question):

No. We just have to keep working, keep fighting, make sure we are playing better football than we are this game. It wasn't a good game. We didn't have our best effort out there. I don't know why. I wish I had a reason. They played well, they played better than we did, and it is unfortunate.

The dream drive? No, it was a nightmare - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
Quarterback Vince Young -- yes, Vince "Dream Team" Young -- orchestrated an 18-play, 80-yard drive that took 8 minutes, 51 seconds and was capped off by his eight-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper with 2:45 remaining that gave the Eagles a stunning 17-10 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it matches the most plays on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2001, and ranks third in terms of time elapsed. It’s the longest of either kind of drive by a visiting team. On the drive, Young completed all four of his third-down throws, including the game-winning score.

Tom Coughlin's NY Giants have another flop against Philadelphia Eagles, look like turkeys - NY Daily News
The mood had drastically changed by late Sunday night after a dreadful 17-10 loss to the Eagles. Nobody was lifting Coughlin up in the locker room after they let him down on the field against the Dream Teamers.

Politi: Tom Coughlin takes Giants' mind-set to task as season teeters on edge | NJ.com
Coughlin had waited three hours for someone to rally this lethargic team in a game the Giants had to have against their hated rivals, waited for his players to live up to their own promises of fighting from start to finish. He is still waiting — and he knows he can’t witness another effort like this. The Giants are teetering on the edge of another second-half collapse now, with back-to-back losses and New Orleans and Green Bay coming up on the schedule.

At the End, Accuracy Mattered More Than Aesthetics - NYTimes.com
Sunday night, Young threw three interceptions, but he also tossed touchdown passes to Steve Smith and Riley Cooper, neither of whom had been able to find the end zone this season with MapQuest. In fact, Cooper had not even caught a pass. Yet, with the game on the line, Young led the Eagles on a magnificent 80-yard drive that took 18 plays, converted six third downs, drained nearly 9 minutes from the clock and exhausted what once seemed a comfortable lead for the Giants in the NFC East.

Magnificent? Really? For sure, if you root for Philly. For us, not so much.

Eagles defense finishes off Giant surprise | Philadelphia Daily News | 11/21/2011
The Eagles' offense was painful to watch for about 50 minutes, but the defense shook off all the weeks of missed assignments and silly penalties, wide-nine confusion, fourth-quarter foldups, and questioning of Juan Castillo, to lead the Eagles to a stunning 17-10 victory last night at MetLife Stadium.

Beset by drops and injuries, Giants tight end Jake Ballard takes step back in loss to Eagles | NJ.com
But Sunday night, he had his worst game as a pro, dropping three of the seven passes Eli Manning targeted him on, and suffering elbow and knee injuries in the process. His individual struggles were part of a long, forgettable night for the entire Giants offense, as the unit could only muster 273 total yards in a physical, 17-10 loss to the Eagles.

It's hard to say whether or not Ballard catching those passes makes a difference in the outcome, but they sure hurt, as did drops by Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

DeSean Jackson haunts Giants, taunts defensive coordinator Perry Fewell in Eagles' win - NY Daily News
With Vince Young struggling early as the replacement for Michael Vick, who was out with fractured ribs, Jackson hauled in a 48-yard reception. . After he was pushed out of bounds, Jackson flipped the ball at a surprised Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who was on the sideline - adding fuel to an already chippy game. Whether or not Jackson was purposely mocking the defense didn't matter. The result, a taunting penalty, short-circuited the Eagles’ drive.

The Donovan McNabb phone prank in the Giants' last playoff game, Jackson with the end zone stripe tap dance last year, and now the taunting after a 50-yard catch. Those things make it easy for us to hate the Eagles.

New York Giants team report: Backfield depth takes hit after Ware KO'd - NFL - Sporting News
Running back D.J. Ware was forced out of the Giants' 17-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night with a concussion and was not able to return. Given that Ware took a heavy hit after catching a screen pass and was down on the turf for a few minutes, it is highly unlikely he will be cleared to play in time for the Giants' game in New Orleans next Monday night.

Sorry Cris Collinsworth, that play was dirty and illegal and should have drawn a flag.

NY Giants can't stop Vince Young, DeSean Jackson and Eagles when it counts in NFC East showdown - NY Daily News
The Giants knew there was no sense in trying to deny it, and they knew they had nowhere to run and hide. Their pathetic performance made one thing clear to anyone who saw it: Their annual second-half collapse has begun.

New York Giants do Jets impression in loss to Philadelphia Eagles - ESPN New York
...for the first time Sunday night, the Giants were pushing the same brand of counterfeit goods the Jets have been selling for weeks. Coughlin's players were soft and undisciplined and, ultimately, unworthy of all the kind things people have been saying about them.

Eagles' physical play, long drive push Giants from first place after 17-10 loss | NJ.com
This year, the final stages of the Eagles’ 17-10 victory here at MetLife Stadium were much more methodical: an 18-play, 80-yard drive over 8 minutes, 51 seconds that included six third-down conversions.

Eagles Hand Giants Second Straight Loss - NYTimes.com
A week ago, the Giants shrugged off questions about the second-half struggles of recent years, batting them away like gnats on a humid night. What happened in previous years is irrelevant, they said, from Coach Tom Coughlin on down. This year is different, they said. We are different. Late Sunday night, however, the questions returned, and this time the Giants could not be so casual.

I hope you guys are doing okay this morning. We still have six games left, and still control our own destiny. But the schedule is not kind, and it's going to be difficult to fend off the second-half collapse talk.

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