Like many of his teammates, New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn is not thrilled with sitting at home watching the playoffs. He realizes it's now an inevitability that a new champion be crowned, and the frustration from not being able to defend their title lingers. More specifically however, Blackburn tells Giants.com that three games in particular truly bother him.
"Pittsburgh going in with a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, Washington down there losing by one, and Philly we’re in field goal range and had a couple things go against us and all of a sudden we’re backed up. So those are three games right there that you can think of off the top of your head. If we squeeze one of those out, we’re in the playoffs," Blackburn said.
All three games were very winnable games, but the Giants just didn't have that 2011-esque fourth quarter magic. Instead, things went in the opposite direction, and we all know how that story ended. The argument could be made that any one of those three games is the reason for the team not making it back to the playoffs, but none of that matters now.
Still, Blackburn is happy with the way the Giants' ended the season – a dominating 42-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Finishing the season the way we did against the Eagles, just coming back fighting, knowing that we needed a lot of things to go our way but still the guys put it out there and played well and played the game to the caliber that we knew we should have been playing at," he said.
Blackburn is one of the Giants' many upcoming free agents, and his future in blue is very much in question. If it turns out that 2012 was his final season with the team, he'll walk away with two Super Bowl rings and the love of Giants nation for a lifetime.
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