The Giants, plain and simple, did not deserve to win this game. Nothing going on offense, too many mistakes, and didn’t capitalize on turnovers, as the Eagles beat the Giants 17-10.
The Eagles started the scoring with a 33 yard field goal. After a 51 yard punt return by DeSean Jackson, Steve Smith scored on a 14 yard touchdown. The Giants got on the board at the end of the half, with Tynes connecting on a 48 yard field goal to make it 10-3 at the half.
Victor Cruz started the scoring in the second half, on a 24 yard touchdown pass. Riley Cooper scored on a 8 yard touchdown pass late in the 4th, to make it 17-10.
The offense just couldn’t get going at all. No run game. Dropped passes. False starts. Pressure allowed. Just putrid. You can’t beat any team when your offense isn’t producing. The line looked pedestrian, at best. Just nothing going, and made it hard to watch. Yes, there was a great drive in the 4th. Huge pass to Nicks. TD to Cruz. But I’m talking over the course of the game, and it wasn’t good. And the fumble at the end of the game was just absolutely awful.
The defense wasn’t bad. 3 picks. McCoy was mostly contained. Vince Young is not that good, which helps. But a pretty decent performance. Not a lot of pressure. But they did their job. Without the Jackson punt return, this is a different game. That last drive, however, was not good, and that’s when it counted. Couldn’t stop them on third downs, which killed them.
I hate how the Giants played. Just flat. I don’t care if the Eagles are struggling, they are still a dangerous team. This has always been an issue for the Giants, but it’s something that has to be corrected. I also don’t want the Giants to always have to come from behind. It’s great that they can come back, but hey, let’s get a lead and keep it, shall we? The Giants had so many opportunities to capitalize on mistakes by the Eagles, and they didn’t. The Giants made it interesting late, but that fumble at the end was just painful. Tough loss, awful loss. And the Giants are going to be kicking themselves for letting the Eagles back in the race.