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New York Giants and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Fall 36-31 to Dallas Cowboys

September 8th, 2013 at 10:45 PM
By Dan Benton

Leading up to Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said it was as if the playoffs were beginning for the New York Giants. By halftime, head coach Tom Coughlin called it some of the "worst football" he had ever seen in his life. And, unfortunately, it didn't get much better in the third quarter.

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To pinpoint one area of concern for Big Blue would be nearly impossible. Like the American flag that covered the entirety of the field during the Nation Anthem prior to the contest, the Giants' poor play encompassed every aspect of the game. From fundaments to pass protection, and from drops to missed tackles, New York struggled failed across the board.

And then came the fourth quarter.

Suddenly, Big Blue turned on the jets. The defense held tough and quarterback Eli Manning slowly led the Giants all the way back. And with 2:00 remaining, all they had to do was go 51 yards for the game-winning score. It would have been remarkable. Unimaginable. And the look on Jerry Jones' face would have been made into memes that lasted a lifetime.

Alas, it was not meant to be. And in the blink of an eye, it was over.

On a first-and-10, Manning attempted to dump a pass off to running back Da'Rel Scott, who had previously taken over for David Wilson after having fumbled twice, but he wasn't quick enough turning his head around. The ball went off his hands, landed in the arms of a Cowboys defender and was returned for a touchdown that all but sealed the game.

Manning would ultimately lead New York down the field for a garbage touchdown, but it was too little, too late.

There will be a lot to analyze tomorrow — very little of it pretty — and standing at the forefront will be the Giants' six turnovers. And, in the event you didn't already know, that is the most by a Giants team in the last 25 years.

The Giants fall to 0-1 and now prepare to face a Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos team that seems poised to live up to their Super Bowl expectations.

It's going to be a long, long week.


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Tags: Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, Jerry Jones, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

58 Responses to “New York Giants and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Fall 36-31 to Dallas Cowboys”

  1.  Krow says:

    Fugly … good night.

  2.  Dirt says:

    I had a different view of this game. They gave Dallas every chance to dominate the game, and they never did. They only trailed big for a small bit of time. Which means, despite handing them the ball over and over again, spotting them opportunities, they were always in the game.

    I’m thinking 6 turnovers won’t be common going forward.

    • Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

      I’m with Dirt on this one. 6 turnovers and were a fluke interception away from winning the game.

      •  Kevin Page says:

        Exactly. Shows that this team has the talent and ability to hang in games. 6 TO aint gonna happen again.

        But people need to remember: THE NFL IS A WEEK TO WEEK GAME

        Anyone can beat anyone any given Sunday. Denver isn’t going 16-0

        Learn from your mistakes. There are no style posts in the NFL. a W is a W, a L is an L, no matter how pretty or ugly.

    •  Dirt says:

      I also disagree with this:

      @Giants_101: This game goes in an entirely different direction of Giants have a vet RB who can pass protect.

      Eli threw a ball into Ware’s gut, he had a receiver run a wrong route and he had a return blocker muffed a punt.

      Other than that, the Giants passing attack murdered the Cowboys.

      •  Dirt says:

        In retrospect I misread the tweet.

        Though we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that a veteran back sitting on the couch will definitely hold on to the rock.

      •  Mike Force says:

        Eli threw for 428 yards, not all of it in garbage time.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        I disagree with that. Will Beatty released Ware inside — into the passing lane. Eli has to trust he releases him to the outside, like he’s supposed to. So while not on the RB, that one isn’t all on Eli either.

  3.  Mike Force says:

    The ball hit off Scott’s bicep. It was on Eli. I’d rather Eli blow a couple of games than get injured.

    McBride effed up twice on punts. He must be cut to send a message to the players.

  4.  TroyThorne says:

    My issue is we’re seeing the same problems from last season. Poor offensive line play, no running game to speak of, injuries in the secondary, bad turnovers, no linebackers to speak of, etc. We have a serious issue at RB with Wilson being a huge disappointment. I’d like to say just go the Packers route and have Eli throw it 50 times a game but our line isn’t good enough and Eli isn’t athletic enough to make it work like Rodgers does.

    Also no real pressure against a really banged up and inexperienced offensive line. I’m not so quick to just write off 6 turnovers like some of you are. We turned it over a lot this season, a lot this preseason, and so far a lot this season. That shows a pretty bad trend and not some random fluke.

    We’ll take it game by game but I’m not getting my hopes up.

    •  TroyThorne says:

      that should read “a lot LAST season”

    •  Dirt says:

      I’m not writing off 6 turnovers I merely believe that there probably won’t be 6 turnovers any time soon, and that getting a couch-bound back in here tomorrow is going to fix everything.

    • Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

      If your not getting pressure you have to create it. I think the secondary was playing well enough to send a few more blitzes.

  5. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    As ugly as it was there were a lot of positives.


    1. Terrell Thomas looked great and I think as a whole the secondary played well given the short fields and amount of time on it. Webster also looked good.

    2. Pugh looked good for his first start.

    3. Minus the the tree picks Eli and the receivers seem to be on the same page. Randle played really well.

    4. Cut the turnovers in half and we probably put up 50.


    1. Wilson. Like cmon man.

    2. Fewell game planning. The lack of blitzes was troubling being that when they blitzed they had success.

    3. Just ugly football.

  6.  Aziz Mohamed says:

    I’m going to get killed for this, but we have a good team. Fluky turnovers/miscommunications can and WILL be fixed. Defense only gave up 2 TDs. The other 2 of the other 3 field goals were from TERRIBLE field positioning due to those 6 turnovers. Two other TDs were taken to the house by our offense. Even if you take away 3 of our 6 turnovers, we end up most likely winning this game 39-24.

    We’ll most likely lose next week, but I have hope for this team in the long run. 8-10 wins is still the prediction for me.

    •  Aziz Mohamed says:

      god that was some terrible grammar. I’m tired and drunk, sue me.

      •  Nosh.0 says:

        I think thats why this loss is so frustrating. Blowouts happen. Sometimes it’s just not your week. (See every time we play Peyton). But this was a winnable game.

        And for a team that finishes one win shy of the playoffs most years, these games frustrate you more than anything.

  7.  Nosh.0 says:

    You want to know the difference between the Giants and Patriots it’s that the Pats win the games they’re supposed to win. That’s why they’re in the playoffs every year and we’re not. Because we always lose 1-3 games that are winnable.

    Too much season left to make any real analysis, but if we’re a game out week 16 or 17, this is one we’ll be looking back at and shaking our heads. But who knows. Maybe we run off 14 like the 86 season.

  8.  TroyThorne says:

    I’m curious, can some of you explain to me which of the turnovers were “flukey” exactly? Tipped passes get picked all the time, Eli made a bad decision, had a bad read, and Wilson has fumble issues dating back to college. Maybe the one on the punt return…

    Also, this “if you take this and add that” game is a really silly and pointless one to play. If their safety hears the call and doesn’t completely blow the coverage on the first Cruz TD then maybe we’re not in it. It goes both ways and you can come up with a million different “what if” scenarios.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Eli INTs:

      No. 1: Will Beatty releases Ware inside — into the passing lane — as opposed to outside. Manning puts ball where David Wilson is expected to be, Ware is there.
      No. 2: Manning overthrows WR and it’s picked off.
      No. 3: Da’Rel Scott late into his break, doesn’t get his head around quick enough. Pass it tipped, intercepted and returned for a TD.

      Naturally, the blame, as it usually does, goes on Eli. No one wants to face the reality of the game or the situations. Not sure why, but that’s always the case.

      Ironically, every former football player on Twitter had the same exact analysis. But hey, fans know better? I don’t know what else to say.

      •  TroyThorne says:

        I’m confused, is the overthrow not on Eli?

        Eli rushed the last throw to Scott as well. He had plenty of time but panicked and threw it early. A majority of the blame still falls on Scott though.

        Wasn’t trying to pin it all on Eli either so I’m confused by your post. Seems like a lot of excuses and white knighting to be honest though.

        • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

          The overthrow is absolutely on Eli. As far as the pass to Scott, he HAS to be in position and ready for the ball. During my very first High School practice I learned that.

          Blame Eli if you want to, but from an actual football perspective, that wasn’t on him. And no matter how many times you say it won’t make it so. Even Eli, who ALWAYS takes blame for everything, admitted as much after the game. That’s when you know it’s not on him.

          •  TroyThorne says:

            But I’m agreeing with you for the most part, that’s why I’m confused.

            Eli rushed the throw but 90% of that was on Scott. You HAVE to get your head around in that situation and if you get a hand on it you HAVE to catch it and if you don’t catch you CAN NOT tip it into the air.

            My point was the TEAM had bad, sloppy turnovers but you’re making it seem like I said Eli was the sole reason we lost or something.

            • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

              I’m just saying that none of that final INT is on Eli. That’s all Scott. He didn’t know what he was doing, where he was supposed to be and his timing was completely off.

              At least on the first INT I can admit that Eli should have recognized that Beatty released his man inside. He didn’t, for whatever reason, however.

  9.  Nosh.0 says:

    And one final thought.

    I’m sick and tired of the play like cr-@.p for 3 Q’s then have Eli turn on the magic switch. It’s now become an epidemic for this team. It’s a terrible habit, and one that was only tolerated because more times than not we won games with the formula. But if last year wasn’t enough of a wake up call this week should be the final straw.

    And what I mean by this is, the offense can simply not waste the first 45 minutes of a game figuring out how to get in a rhythm. It has to happen sooner. More than anything else, that is what needs to be addressed. Gilbride needs to figure out a way to get this offense going from the start and not have to wait until we’re down 14 points.

    And of course, what in the world to do with David Wilson. Maybe you make him the full time kick returner and slowly bring him back to the offense. But if TC doesn’t give him a snap for the next 4 weeks, you won’t hear a peep from me. Unacceptable for an RB to fumble. Completely unacceptable. If I’m gonna risk a turnover than I’m gonna throw the ball downfield.

  10.  TroyThorne says:

    Let’s also not forget the fact we failed to punch it in from the 1 inch line. This is another problem we’ve had for YEARS now.

    It’s really sad that after your defensive player runs 91 yards after an INT and gets tackled at the 1 you’re filled with sadness and text your dad “here comes the FG” because you’ve seen this exact same song and dance before (like last year when Boley did the same thing in the same game against the same team and we ended up with a FG….again).

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