At the start of the season, the Giants hoped to make some history.
Well, they’re making history, all right, but not exactly in a good way thanks to their 36-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
The loss dropped the Giants to 0-5, their worst start in a non-strike season since 1979, when they finished 6-10 that season. But even more alarming than the final score itself is that once again the Giants had a chance to win the game going into the fourth quarter only to see that opportunity self-destruct thanks to three consecutive turnovers by quarterback Eli Manning, two of which the Eagles converted into 14 points.
“I honestly believe he’s trying so hard to get us a win (that) he’s putting too much on himself,” Coughlin said when asked what’s been wrong with his struggling quarterback, who now has thrown 12 interceptions this season.
There was some good for the Giants, who in the game’s first 4:46 actually looked like they had finally put their act together. The defense held the Eagles to a three-and-out, and the offense scored on its opening possession for the first time this season, taking the lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by David Wilson.
However any semblance of a win turned out to be just a mirage. Once up 7-6, LeSean McCoy capped a 4-play, 71-yard scoring drive that began with a 56-yard strike from Michael Vick to DeSean Jackson with his one-yard touchdown run for the 13-7 lead.
Then the turnovers began for the Giants, the first coming in the second quarter when running back Brandon Jacobs fumbled the ball away. The Eagles then converted that turnover into a 29-yard field goal by Alex Henery to make it 16-7.
With the Eagles up 19-7 at the start of the third quarter – Henery converted another field goal just before the intermission—Eli Manning and Rueben Randle would go on to connect on back-to-back touchdown receptions to give the Giants the 21-19 lead.
After a 41-yard field goal by Henery, the Giants went into the fourth quarter, and the turnovers returned. Manning threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions, and the Eagles converted two of those into 14 points under the direction of backup quarterback Nick Foles, who came into the game at the end of the second quarter for Vick after he strained his hamstring on a 13-yard run.
“He knows what to do and he knows what to expect,” said Eagles running back LeSean McCoy of Foles’ leadership. “At the same time, I think he’s able to go out there and just really make a decision and just get the ball out fast. He did a great job of coming in and just giving us a chance to win.”
The Giants, who won’t have time to lick their wounds after this loss – they head out on the road to face the Bears on Thursday night — say the only thing they can do is put this loss behind them as quickly as possible and get their minds right for the next opponent.
“It’s new to us but we’re not new to adversity,” said cornerback Prince Amukamara of the Giants awful start. “Everything’s getting repetitive, I mean, the energy before we go out to the game, it seems like everybody is all in, it seems like we’re about to go out and do something special but all three phases of the team have to play together and it doesn’t look like we did that today. It didn’t look like we finished.”
“It’s frustrating. I’m not going to lie to you and say it’s not frustrating,” added linebacker Spencer Paysinger. “It kind of stings a little bit but like I said, you have a short mindset because now we have to go into Chicago. We’ve got a short turnaround. Tomorrow we’ve got to come in, probably watch this film a little bit and then turn our minds off of this and switch them on to Chicago. It hurts today but tomorrow’s a new day and you have to be ready.”