The New York Giants suffered a second consecutive embarrassing, lopsided loss on Sunday. In a game the Giants had to win to keep control of their playoff destiny the Giants were routed by the Baltimore Ravens, 33-14, at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Giants have now been outscored 67-14 over their last two games.
Amazingly, the 8-7 Giants can still make the playoffs. If the Giants are able to defeat the 4-11 Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at MetLife Stadium -- a big if after the last two weeks -- they can still get into the playoffs with some help.
This unofficial playoff scenario from Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:
IF SEATTLE WINS TONIGHT:
Giants are in next week with a WIN and with losses by the Bears, Vikings and Cowboys.
IF SEATTLE LOSES TONIGHT:
Giants are in with a WIN, a loss by the Cowboys and losses by two of the following three teams – Seahawks, Vikings and Bears.
The Giants look like anything but a playoff team. They look like a team that has already packed it in for this year. A week after being thoroughly outplayed by the Atlanta Falcons the Giants were, for all intents and purposes, never competitive Sunday against Baltimore -- a team that had lost three straight games.
The Giants surrendered 533 yards of total offense, while generating only 186. Baltimore (10-5) held the ball for an unbelievable 39:21 to 20:39 for the Giants
Baltimore scored the first two times it had the ball. Torrey Smith punctuated a 14-play, 73-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring. Smith then keyed a four-play, 47-yard drive with a 43-yard catch to put the ball at the one-yard line. Quarterback Joe Flacco ran one yard for the score, giving Baltimore a 14-0 lead with 4:27 left in the opening quarter.
Everything after that was virtually meaningless as the Giants were never competitive.
Jason Pierre-Paul pretty summed up the Giants' effort with this less than eloquent quote:
"We pissed on our legs."
Eli Manning went 14-of-28 for 150 yards and one meaningless late-game touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon. Manning was sacked three times and hit nine other times. Victor Cruz caught only three passes for 21 yards and Hakeem Nicks was shut out.
The Giants are mathematically alive in the playoff race. They certainly, however, do not look like a team with the will or the ability to get there.