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Giants-49ers Final Score: Giants fall, 16-10

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The Giants lost their fifth straight game on Sunday.

Eli Manning reacts to one of his five interceptions
Eli Manning reacts to one of his five interceptions
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants tried everything they could think of Sunday, but still came up short against the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants lost their fifth straight game, 16-10, in a hard-fought but sloppily played affair.

The Giants were undone primarily by five interceptions from quarterback Eli Manning. After throwing only six interceptions in the Giants' first nine games, Manning's poor game cost the Giants several scoring opportunities and, ultimately, a chance to win.

The fifth interception came with the Giants trailing 16-10 and facing fourth-and-goal at the San Francisco 4-yard line. A Manning pass for Preston Parker was tipped at the goal line and intercepted by linebacker Chris Borland.

Two other Manning interceptions came with the Giants in position to score. One, an apparent miscommunication, came at the San Francisco 14-yard line. The other, with 9:40 left and the Giants trailing, 16-10, came at the 49ers' 21-yard line. That simply appeared to be an errant throw, also intended for Randle.

The Giants are now 3-7 and have lost five straight games.

When the game changed

Despite missing a number of opportunities, largely thanks to Manning's worst day of the season, the Giants had an opportunity to take the lead late in this game.

Odell Beckham Jr. set the Giants up at the San Francisco 4-yard line with a brilliant 37-yard catch over Perrish Cox. Beckham juggled the ball but came down in bounds with it. San Francisco challenged the play, but lost.

The Giants then tried three consecutive fade routes, one to Beckham, one to Randle and one to Larry Donnell. All fell incomplete. Manning then was forced to try to squeeze a pass in to Parker, and that ended in an interception that sealed the Giants' fate.

Head coach Tom Coughlin said it was "inexcusable that we didn't score" in that situation.

"You expect to score in that scenario," said Manning.

In retrospect, Coughlin felt perhaps the Giants should have run the ball at least once during that sequence of plays. The best chance for a completion came on the third-down fade to Donnell. The tight end got his hands on the ball, but couldn't corral it.

"I've gotta throw it a little farther out," Manning said. "Both of 'em (fades to Randle and Donnell) had good looks. We were close on both. I could have made better throws."


Manning finished the game 22-of-45 for 280 yards and a passer rating of 36.6.

Rashad Jennings carried 18 times for 59 yards in his return to action.

Randle caught seven passes for 112 yards. Odell Beckham caught six passes for 93 yards.

San Francisco gained 333 yards of total offense and the Giants had 330.

What's Next?

The Giants get the national spotlight next Sunday, hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.