The New York Giants went into Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers completely aware that losing was a non-option; something that was only compounded following a Philadelphia Eagles victory earlier in the day. But when kickoff finally arrived, the urgency just wasn't there.
From the onset, it was clear that San Diego had more energy and fire. An early turnover led to points on a Philip Rivers touchdown pass, and the Chargers never once looked back. From start to finish they dominated the game, as the Giants were more representative of their 0-6 start than their recent 5-1 run.
As has been the story all year, the Giants were ineffective on both offense and special teams, although their defense pitched in on Sunday as well. Turnovers and penalties proved repeatedly costly, while suspect play-calling only added to the problem.
With the loss, the Giants fall to 5-8 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention — both the NFC East and the wildcard (due to Arizona Cardinals' victory). They will host the Seattle Seahawks (11-2) next Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
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