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New York Giants Beat Selves As Division Lead Shrinks

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants don’t like to do anything the easy way. The Giants had a two game lead in the division and a shot at the third seed for the playoffs all in front of them. Now, they are going to have to scratch and claw and fight in order to get the lead back again. The Giants beat themselves with mistakes and lost to the Washington Redskins 17-16.

Penalties really hurt the team. The Giants had terrible field position throughout the second half. Part of that was penalties. Jim Cordle’s two holding penalties on David Wilson kickoff returns put the team in a hole throughout their second half drives.

Sean Locklear’s false start stalled the Giants first drive which led to a field goal. Eli Manning’s intentional grounding on the second drive stalled the second drive and then Zack DeOssie’s bad snap caused a missed field goal.

For a team and a head coach that stresses discipline, the team was anything but tonight. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris ran all over the Giants defense. When the Giants would collapse the line, RG III would go outside and vice-verse.

The Giants defense really tired down the stretch and that’s when Morris pounded them for the knockout. RG III is a dynamic playmaker who really is more impressive every time you watch him. The Giants are going to have to deal with him for a long time to come and figure out a way to get to him and contain him.

Now the Giants road to the playoffs is going to be that much tougher. They will face a New Orleans Saints team that consistently gives this defense trouble and Drew Brees coming off his worst performance of his career. The NFC East just got interesting.