I know this particular topic has to be a hot item right now. We could probably discuss both sides of the ball as well however, I am going to focus on the offensive side of the ball for this fanpost. For starters, we can not be sure if Eli called an audible on the specific playcalls that I am focusing on therefore, the blame could equally go on KG or Eli.
The first questionable playcall would easily have to be the first down pass that Eli threw that resulted in his second interception. (Perhaps the Giants felt they were not effectively running the ball during the game, which was in my opinion is true. The game stats also suggest that we had a tough time running the ball, but then again the pass/run discrepancy was heavily pass oriented). The pass was absolutely terrible and I'm sure Eli will own up to this mistake. The safe play would have been to run the ball and to take time off the clock.
Another huge play in question is the back shoulder fade to Hakeem Nicks that glanced off his outstretched fingertips on a very short 3rd and 1. Again, another good safe play would have been to run the ball in an attempt to pick up the first down and keep the clock running. During the game I was left scratching my head thinking why the hell would we call these bonehead plays. It was also around 430am here Monday morning so perhaps I was a bit foggy to begin with.
Now I am not suggesting that these were the wrong calls, because no one will ever know this answer. We won the game and I can't sit here and complain about them due to the scoreboard. But I do have to raise some doubt here. Perhaps we should have gone the more conservative route. I'm sure the consensus here would actually approve of that type of style and game planning, however if the conservative route fails I guarantee everyone would be saying damn it KG there is 7 minutes left in the game. Keep the pressure on, go for the throat. Honestly, I like this style of play better. Go for the win. Do not play conservative. No guts NO GLORY. The Giants clearly were not predictable on these play calls which was surely a nice change of pace.