Everything was set up Monday night for the New York Giants to pull off an emotional upset that would, hopefully, propel them to a second half of the season playoff drive. Michael Strahan was in the house at MetLife Stadium to receive his Hall of Fame ring, along with several Hall of Famers and around 100 former Giants. The Giants were rested coming off a bye. They were playing in front a national audience on Monday Night Football. Rather than rise to the occasion, the Giants embarrassed themselves.
The Giants lost, 40-24, and the game wasn't that close. Indianapolis had a 40-10 lead before the Giants scored a pair of garbage-time touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Giants are now 3-5 and have lost three straight games.
Playing Below The Xs and Os
Head coach Tom Coughlin said repeatedly in recent days that the Giants needed to play about the Xs and Os. Instead, they played far below them.
- Giants' receivers dropped a number of passes.
- Quintin Demps and Antrel Rolle dropped interceptions.
- Indianapolis fumbled three times and the Giants could not recover either fumble.
- The Giants fumbled three times, losing one.
- Coughlin couldn't get a challenge flag out quickly enough in the second quarter to prevent a 32-yard touchdown pass to Coby Fleener. Coughlin would likely have won the challenge on a play where Fleener appeared to drop a pass, but got the flag out after the snap. The Giants were caught unprepared for the snap, and Fleener was wide open for an easy score.
No Answers On Defense
The Giants tried just about every look defensive coordinator Perry Fewell could conjure up against Andrew Luck and the Colts, and simply couldn't get the job done.
They tried many more blitzes and creative looks than usual, with Damontre Moore or Mathias Kiwanuka standing up at times, and still couldn't get to the Indianapolis quarterback. He kept beating the blitz by moving or simply getting the ball out quickly and the Giants depleted secondary, which suffered another hit when Prince Amukamara left the gamew ith a biceps injury, was no match for the plethora of Indianapolis wide receivers.
The Giants gave up touchdown passes of 40 yards to Reggie Wayne, 32 yards to Coby Fleener and 31 yards to T.Y. Hilton.
That's the 13th play of 30 or more yards allowed by the Giants this season, including 5 for TDs. Last season: 11 such plays, 4 TDs.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) November 4, 2014
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Corey Washington Sighting
Giants' fans have screamed for Corey Washington to play, and Washington got some snaps late in the game. On a late fourth-quarter drive for a score Washington caught four passes for 48 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. So, there's that.
- Odell Beckham caught eight passes for 156 yards.
- Andre Williams ran 12 times for 22 yards, only 1.8 yards per carry.
- Jacquian Williams had 17 tackles.
- Eli Manning was 27-of-52 for 359 yards and two touchdowns. On the plus side, Manning didn't throw an interception, meaning he has only been picked off once in the last six games.
- Manning was sacked three times.
- Ex-Giant update: Ahmad Bradshaw carried seven times for 50 yards and caught three passes for 29. Hakeem Nicks caught three passes for 44 yards.
The Giants go on the road to face the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Seahawks have not been the dominant force they were a season ago, but they are 5-3 and figure to be a heavy favorite.
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