Tie game, late in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. J.R. Smith gets an offensive rebound takes the ball back out past the three-point line before a panicked pass that leads to a bad shot as time expires in regulation. It’s a play that left everyone wondering what had happened.
These types of plays on this stage are rare, but memorable. So in tribute to J.R. Smith, we’re asking for your opinion on the biggest blunder in New York Giants history. Apologies in advance for any feelings that might have been buried deep down inside these plays bring back up.
Let’s look at the top contenders.
Dubbed “Miracle at the Meadowlands” for anyone not in blue that day, the Giants were attempting to run out the clock with a 17-12 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Joe Pisarcik kneeled on first down, but was hit by linebacker Frank LeMaster. Scared to get the quarterback hit again on a meaningless play, the Giants called a run on second down, and again on third but the handoff was botched, the ball hit the ground, Herm Edwards scooped the ball up for a touchdown and an Eagles win.
On the bright side, this play was the catalyst for a changing of the guard on the Giants coaching staff and front office that helped build to the success of the Bill Parcells era.
The Giants had already blown a 24-point lead in the 2002 Wild Card game against the San Francisco 49ers. Still, they were in position to win the game. Down 39-38 with six seconds left, the Giants had the chance for a 41-yard field goal. The snap from Trey Junkin was low and outside. Holder Matt Allen couldn’t reel it in, scrambled to his right, and tried to float a pass that fell incomplete.
Week 15, 2010. Score tied 31-31, 12 seconds left on the clock. The Giants faced a fourth down and decided to send out rookie punter Matt Dodge. After a high snap, Dodge’s punt was shanked on a line down the middle of the field. Eagles returned DeSean Jackson initially bobbled the punt, which slowed down Giants defenders. Jackson’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown down as time expired gave the Eagles a win that capped off a 21-point comeback in the second half.
The play also gave us the LeBron James-J.R. Smith reaction meme before memes were even a thing.
So which one takes the top spot? And if there’s something we missed, let us know.
What was the biggest Giants blunder
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