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New York Giants Fall to Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 in an Ugly Offensive Showing

November 4th, 2012 at 8:19 PM
By Casey Sherman

The New York Giants lose a sloppy contest to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20. The Giants came into the game with a lot to play for following Hurricane Sandy, which left New Jersey and New York City a disaster. Although it didn't appear they were playing with too much emotion, in fact the offense came out flat. The Giants managed to be in control most of the game, mainly due to a big fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown by Michael Boley, but they would allow fourteen points in the fourth quarter that sealed the game for the Steelers.

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The Giants failed to capitalize on opportunities that could have won them the game, instead it was the Steelers' offense that came up with the big plays when the Giants couldn't which turned out to be the difference in the game.

Like we always do, lets take a look at the good, the mixed, and the ugly from today's loss.

The Good

Pass rush – The Giants front four kept pressure on Roethlisberger all game. The Giants big three Tuck, Pierre-Paul, and Umenyiora were all able to record at least one sack, though it didn't help keep the Steelers from making the big plays late in the game.

Corey Webster – Roethlisberger has been very cautious with the ball thus far this season throwing only three interceptions prior to today’s game. Webster forced his fourth interception of the year in the third quarter after pressure from the line.

Steve Weatherford – Steve had a couple booming punts but his biggest play came late in the game when Emmanuel Sanders broke loose on a punt return nearly scoring, but Weatherford was able to force him down at the eleven yard line. It turned out to be a huge play after the Steelers would fail to convert on a fake field goal attempt costing them a chance to put points on the board.

The Mixed

O-line – Eli faced pressure all game from a blitz happy Steelers’ defense which the Giants’ O-line failed to pick up the majority of the time. Eli was forced to throw the ball before he wanted to, throwing the timing between he and his receivers off.

Rushing attack - The Giants running backs would combine for only 68 yards and one touchdown. The Steelers' defense was able to contain the running game early helping the defense concentrate on stopping the pass. Bradshaw would finish with only 48 yards while Andre Brown gained only twenty yards, though he did have one touchdown.

The Ugly

Special teams – Kick-off coverage was terrible all game. Kick returner Chris Rainey consistently gave the Steelers great starting field position on several big run backs. The punt coverage allowed Emmanuel Sanders to break free on a return which gave the Steelers the ball at the Giants’ eleven yard line.

Eli Manning – It’s not often we find Manning in this category, but he had a very uncharacteristic game. He made a poor decision early in the first quarter, throwing an interception intended for Cruz despite double coverage. Manning finished the game with only 10 completions on 24 attempts for 125 yards and one interception. Eli and his receivers lacked chemistry as there appeared to be confusion on several passes.

Rush defense – The gut of the defense was tested all game by the rushing attack of the Steelers. On first and second down Pittsburgh was able to get quality chunks of yards on the ground between the tackles. Isaac Redman was able to accrue 100 yards before the fourth quarter even began and would finish with 147 yards and one touchdown on the day. Furthermore, the defense failed to get a stop at the end of the fourth quarter despite knowing the Steelers were only trying to run the clock out, keeping the offense from a last minute chance to steal the game.

Jayron Hosley – The rookie had a crucial offsides penalty that allowed the Steelers a second shot on third down, which they took advantage of. The Steelers would go on to punch it in giving them a four point lead with about four minutes left.

Overview

With so much to play for, it was extremely disappointing to see the intensity the Giants came out with. The Giants were able to come up with some good defensive plays early but the offense wasn't able to add to it, making the lead difficult to hold onto in the fourth quarter. The Giants had the support of it's city behind them, yet were still unable to come away with the win.

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Tags: Corey Webster, Eli Manning, Football, Jayron Hosley, New Jersey, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Steve Weatherford

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134 Responses to “New York Giants Fall to Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 in an Ugly Offensive Showing”

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  1.  Krow says:

    If there’s something to worry about I’d nominate the chemistry between Eli and the WRs. They’re not on the same page at all. Very disjointed.

    •  Dirt says:

      I’m blaming Sandy on the chemistry.

      And Killdrive on the lack of competent running backs and short routes to move the sticks.

    •  jfunk says:

      I’d only say it’s not something to be worried about because it’s not generally a problem. If we have a real chemistry problem between Eli & the WRs, then the season is over.

      I’ll call it an aberration, otherwise we’re sunk.

      I don’t think one game indicates that all that chemistry they usually have has suddenly disappeared. Instead, I think Eli just has a terrible game.

    •  kinsho says:

      This. Ramses Barden, Domenik Hixon, and Reuben Randle all played lousy. Martellus Bennett was a non-factor. You can’t simply rely on a weakened Hakeem and a double-teamed Cruz to carry the team in the passing game.

  2.  Krow says:

    But let’s not act as if losing to the Steelers is a disgrace. They’re a good football team. And it was close. Some good ST play … and Rolle staying onsides … and this game was ours despite everything else.

    Now we absolutely need the Bengals game though.

  3. My nomination is the red zone problems. Been getting worse and worse for a while. Only reason we got the one in that we did was because of a generous call on the late hit to Cruz.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Those on previous threads blaming this on the defense are phucking clueless… Not only has our defense forced 8 turnovers the last 2 weeks but they have scored the same amount of TD;s as our offense has the last 2 weeks. Something is inherently wrong with our passing game. I think it is Hakeem Nicks who cant be healthy and has done Squadoosh the last 4 games since returning from injury. We also have ZERO short or mid range passing game. Its either Bomb or run up the middle for 2 yards.. We need to figure out a way to beat the Hapless Bungles and then get isn straight on offense.

    •  Krow says:

      Defense sure played well enough to win this one.

    •  Dirt says:

      Defense played well. Tuck is back by the way, a pleasure to see.

      Losing Canty mid game hurt. Had some trash garbage right down the entire center of all 3 levels after that.

  5.  Dirt says:

    Speaking of not grabbing your ankles with a 6-3 record, 2 game division lead and about to see your 3 divisional opponents have 4 games against each other in their last 7:

    The Giants have been outscored by only 4.3 points in their 3 losses, with the biggest loss by 7.

    •  jfunk says:

      A win next week coupled with an additional loss by Dallas & Philly (even just one each) still puts us in commanding position for the division.

  6.  jfunk says:

    So, everybody still think Blackburn sucks? Herz had his **** handed to him all game long.

    The loss is totally on the offense, so I’m not gonna blame him for the final score. That being said, he was absolutely out-classed every snap and either KP or Blackburn being on the field instead of him could have changed the outcome of many of those drives. He didn’t even make the tackles he had a chance to make, which Blackburn almost always does.

  7.  Krow says:

    Reuben Randle is really starting to pi$$ me off. We’re well into the season now, and he has to start recognizing the defenses. That lackluster screwup on that aborted back shoulder throw was embarrassing. I’m not saying he has to read coverages like a 10 year vet … but that one was obvious … and he didn’t even drive the go pattern … he dog’d that too.

    JPP needs to dunk his lazy a$$ into the cold tub. Maybe more than once.

    •  Dirt says:

      I don’t want to kick the “So long, Manningham!” crowd while they’re down, so I won’t talk about how not having a bonafide 3rd receiving threat is hurting the offense.

  8.  Dirt says:

    Yup, more of a heaping helping of blaming Coughlin:

    @JennyVrentas: Coughlin added this: “Two weeks ago, we were the No. 1 big play team in the league. I mean, it doesn’t make any sense.” #nyg

    Seems shocked that low percentage plays don’t always work.

    •  kinsho says:

      Part of the problem is that the offense is playing with no fire in their bellies. Bradshaw is back to being the aging lump he was before the Browns game while the receivers are having trouble getting free from defenders, let alone running the correct routes.

  9.  TroyThorne says:

    The thing that concerns me isn’t our standing in the division, it’s our issues as a team. This wasn’t a bad game by Eli and the receivers, it’s been an awful 14 quarters straight. People ignored their poor 2nd half against the 9ers (where Eli was like 3/12 for 30 yards) because we had just beaten the supposed best team in football. They played poorly against the Skins for 58 minutes and were non-existent vs the Cowboys. Today they were a trainwreck yet again. This wasn’t an “aberration” or “a fluke”, this is a disturbing trend that needs to be fixed.

    And fast.

  10.  tgowen says:

    Said i was done but obviously couldn’t leave. To me the biggest issue is our play calling on offense. For some reason every year we get into this funk where we have a game plan that involves a barrage of 30+ yard jump balls. Eli and the offense thrives when he can step back and look for guys 10-15 yards down field. He has never been a consistently good deep ball thrower.

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