The New York Giants got the second half of their season underway and it was not pretty for the boys in blue. The Giants blew a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter to the Pittsburgh Steelers en route to a 24-20 Steelers’ victory. The stat line for QB Eli Manning looked like one of New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez.
Manning completed just ten of his 24 pass attempts for only 125 yards and an interception. While the statistics suggest Manning played terribly, it was the wide receivers’ inability to create separation that resulted in Manning’s poor performance.
Manning also made a couple of throws which should’ve been caught or resulted in an incompletion because of poor communication. Either way, the Giants were thoroughly outplayed by the Steelers on offense, defense and special teams. The Giants did make a special teams play, but were embarrassed throughout on return coverages.
Is history setting in again? Could this be the start of a losing streak that will make it difficult for the Giants to recover from? It could be, but there may be another issue to look at from this game. That issue will happen to be the Giants’ issues at home.
The Giants are now 3-2 at home, but they have not looked convincing in any of their home games, including their wins. Last season, the Giants were only 4-4 at home and 5-3 on the road. Before their playoff win against the Atlanta Falcons, the last Giants’ home playoff win was their NFC Championship Game victory in 2000.
The Giants are three wins up in the win column on the rest of the NFC East teams, so they are in good standing to win their division. However, the Giants play better on the road, as evidenced by their two Super Bowl runs and their performances on the road in the past several seasons. The Giants clearly had their best win of the season this year against one of the elite teams in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers on the road. They have to make sure they don’t flame out in the second half first.