The New York Giants wanted so badly to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday as a way to provide an emotional lift to those who suffered tremendous loss in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Things did not go as planned, however. Instead, Big Blue was on the wrong end of a crushing 24-20 loss … a loss that head coach Tom Coughlin called "as disappointing of a loss as we've had in a long time."
“We wanted, emotionally, so badly to win the game for obvious reasons, for all of our neighbors who are struggling and who need some type of inspiration,” Coughlin said. “Of course, we didn't provide it for them.”
There will be plenty of blame to go around this week, but it ultimately boils down to a total team failure. Whether it be the offense, defense, special teams or coaching, it was a collective effort in futility; especially in the fourth quarter. And the late-game king was far from royal himself, as quarterback Eli Manning continued his recent struggles, and failed to even get his team a first down in the final frame.
“We've got to get [Eli] back on track. He is our guy and we have to get him back playing the way he was a couple of weeks ago. And we have to do it in a hurry. It's just not Eli now," Coughlin said. "We're struggling to get ourselves in position so it's an automatic for the quarterback."
With the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys both losing, the Giants are one more loss (Philadelphia Eagles) away from escaping week nine with little damage. They'll need to regroup and play well against the Cincinnati Bengals, and hope they can go into their bye week at 7-3 and with a little extra time to get things together before they hit the most difficult stretch of their second half schedule.
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