Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your news updates for this sad Monday morning.
Players take blame for loss
Despite a game in which the team played well for 95 percent of it, there can be plenty of blame to spread around. Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a touchdown pass. Landon Collins dropped a game sealing interception. Eli Manning decided to pass the ball instead of milking the clock in their last drive. Beckham bluntly stated that he lost the game himself, while Landon Collins can't help but torture himself over his drop.
Meanwhile Eli Manning goes more in depth in their fourth quarter strategy and that the play which ended in a Beckham drop was originally a run call.
"We had some runs called and they weren’t going to let us run," Manning said. "They had goal line personnel in and they just weren’t going to let us run the ball in that situation, so the one to Odell on first down was actually a run call, but threw the pass on the outside and just kind of the way it was going to be, they weren’t going to let us run the ball right there."
The pundits chime in
The media's job is to take the disappointment from the players and throw gasoline all over it. While the Giants played a closer game than any analyst predicted, the New York sports media wasn't pleased.
Getting the game over with is nearly impossible for the Giants, who have lost five games this season — four of them by a total of nine points. This one was especially galling. Collins could not hold onto the ball to seal it and, with 2:01 left, Odell Beckham Jr. failed to secure the ball in the end zone on what was at first ruled a 5-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning. Beckham caught the ball in the corner of the end zone, came down with two feet and then the ball was knocked loose by cornerback Malcolm Butler. Beckham rejoiced, but after a replay review, it was determined, correctly, that "the receiver did not yet become a runner before losing the ball,’’ according to referee Ed Hochuli.
The Giants’ inability to close out an opponent cost them another victory, and this defeat might sting the most. One time owners of a 10-point lead, the Giants failed to hang onto a potential game-winning touchdown pass, and a certain game-clinching interception, in the final moments, and fell, 27-26, to the defending Super Bowl champion and undefeated (9-0) New England Patriots Sunday in MetLife Stadium. It was their second one-point loss of the season, and fourth by four points or less.
The New York Giants had every chance to knock off the undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday evening, but a last-second field goal ultimately put them on the wrong side of a 27-26 decision.
The Giants (5-5) took a 26-24 lead late in the fourth quarter, when Josh Brown hit a 29-yard field goal right after the two-minute warning. That allowed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just enough time to guide his offense 44 yards in 1:46 to set up kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal to win the game.
"Extremely disappointing loss. Not much for me to say about it other than the frustration was — I mean, finish the game. Just get the game over with," Tom Coughlin said after the loss. "I’m very disappointed, upset, whatever the words might be. Guys practiced hard, they worked hard, they wanted it badly, they prepared well, they battled out on the field. We knew it would have to be physical. Was it as physical as I would’ve liked? I don’t know, I would have to look at the numbers, but very frustrating loss."
The Giants were in position to make a huge statement and they had control of the game several times. But instead, even on a day when they seemed to be on the verge of their biggest win in years, they were plagued by the same old problem - another fourth-quarter meltdown and horrible missed opportunities. Their defense did a great job of holding the Patriots in check, right up until they gave up a 76-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. And while they seemed to redeem themselves with a goal-line interception by CB Trumaine McBride that led to the Giants;’ go-ahead field goal, they couldn’t prevent the Patriots’ game-winning field-goal drive.
Around the league
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