In the first half, the New York Giants had four offensive possessions. All four possessions were excellent possessions. The Giants were able to throw effectively, and they sprinkled in an effective run game. The Giants were poised to take control early and play with a comfortable lead.
However, the Giants were only able to muster 13 points out of their long drives. A false start penalty ruined one of the drives, and an intentional grounding penalty ruined another. K Lawrence Tynes also missed a field goal attempt that would’ve given them 16 points in the half. The missed field goal shouldn’t be the problem though.
The fact the Giants can’t get touchdowns is the alarming part. The offense kept Washington Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III off the field in the first half, so they won half the battle. They still needed to convert good drives into touchdowns, not field goals.
The Giants’ fourth possession came with under a minute to go. The Giants were able to get up the field through the passing game and into field goal territory. Tynes made the kick this time, giving the Giants a halftime lead.
The second half turned out to be a different story, as the Giants’ offense wasn’t nearly as effective as they were in the first half. Still, penalties prevented them from taking the ball down the field and scoring touchdowns.
Red zone offense is still an issue. Head coach Tom Coughlin will have to fix this if the Giants plan on making another Super Bowl run.