The New York Giants were embarrassed on Sunday at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. Shamed, even.
Knowing full well they had to win to keep any slim and lingering playoff chances alive, Big Blue came out flat and took a sound beating by the team Eli Manning once refused to play for. And not only were they pushed up and down the field by a team that was also 5-7 coming into the game, but they went above and beyond to help their opponents win. Whether it was costly penalties (an offsides on a missed field), drops, missed tackles or poor play-calling, the Giants seemed to do everything in their power to help the Chargers.
When all was said and done, the Giants had been shamed off the West Coast and officially eliminated from the playoffs — their earliest elimination since Tom Coughlin's inaugural 2004 season. But following the contest, Coughlin refused to say die, instead attempting to rally his team by reminding them they still have to get out of bed on Monday and prepare for the final three weeks.
"We have a three game schedule to go. We have three games to work as hard as we can, prepare as hard as we can and see if we can regain some of the respectability we lost today," Coughlin said during the postgame.
Their first opportunity to regain some respectability comes on Sunday when they take on the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks, who are angry and coming off of a last-minute 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. That will then be followed by games against the Detroit Lions, who are fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot of their own, and the Washington Redskins.
"I think we’re just going to try and get ready for this next game," Eli Manning said. "Obviously we’re playing a good team next week and some days are just tough. We have to figure out a way to be more successful and have better situations to convert on third downs.”
Meanwhile, fans are just praying for the plug to be pulled.
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