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.
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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