Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Sunday, like most of the 2013 season, was not good for the under-whelming Giants. Now that the Giants are officially out of the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons let's look around at some of the reaction.
The Giants had gamely given life to their season by winning five of their previous six games, but it was not so much a transformation as it was a case study in resiliency. They still were guilty of turnovers and mental errors, but they mostly overcame them. And rediscovering the sort of physical line play that had given birth to a pair of Super Bowl runs added to their rejuvenation.
But on Sunday, the Giants put themselves in an early hole, and kept on digging. A tipped pass was intercepted — one of three turnovers — and three plays later, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to the rookie Keenan Allen. Nick Novak missed a field goal for the Chargers, but the Giants were offside — one of four such penalties for them — and he did not miss the reprieve. By the time Nicks landed short of the goal line, the Giants trailed, 24-0.
The Giants right now are championship-caliber in almost no area. They are set at quarterback with a two-time Super Bowl MVP who's had a rough year but should bounce back. And Victor Cruz is one of the top slot receivers in the game. But while they have some good players at other positions -- Prince Amukamara at cornerback, Will Hill at safety, Andre Brown at running back, etc. -- almost every area of the roster will face major questions once the offseason begin.
Valentine's View: That the Giants are not a championship-caliber team in any way, shape or form is a sentiment I agree wholeheartedly with. Sunday night I wrote "They aren't a playoff-caliber football team in any area."
After being eliminated, defensive end Justin Tuck said the Giants still had a chance to "redeem ourselves as football players."
"That’s what we get paid to do is to go out there and win football games," Tuck said. "We won’t worry about where we are in the playoffs. We’ll put the blinders on and we have to go out there and win football games and that’s all we have to be worried about."
"It’s difficult but it’s reality," wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said. "Only thing we can do now is control playing these last three games to really show what we are made of. I don’t like it by a stretch, but it’s reality like I said and we have to face it."
The Giants have Eli Manning and the Super Bowl hardware to validate that infamous draft-day quarterback swap they made with the Chargers a decade ago when they sent Philip Rivers to San Diego and got their coveted Mann.
But, oh how Rivers, the Chargers and their fans had some fun Sunday at the expense of Manning, who 10 years ago gave San Diego the figurative "Heisman’’ pose when he told them not to draft him with the No. 1 overall pick, immediately stamping himself as a Public Enemy No. 1.
Chargers fans had a blast with Giants quarterback Eli Manning on Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Actually, make that ShEli Manning, as the interwebs have dubbed him/her.
Hakeem Nicks thinks he's in end zone on Hail Mary attempt - NY Daily News
Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks ran straight down the field, claimed position around the 5-yard line and figured he had caught a touchdown when he grabbed a last-second heave to close the first half Sunday against the Chargers.
Game replay: Chargers 37, Giants 14 - NorthJersey.com
The Record beat writer Art Stapleton recaps the Giants loss to the Chargers.