The New York Giants entered their Week 13 match-up against the Washington Redskins needing a win to solidify their lead in the NFC East. However, the Giants couldn’t seem to get out of their own way and shot themselves in the foot again and again with penalties at the worst possible times.
Left tackle Will Beatty’s holding penalty on the Giants’ last drive cancelled out what would have been a first down catch by Martellus Bennett that would have put the ball at the Redskins’ 46-yard line. However, instead of a first down the Giants were faced with a 3rd and 20. The Giants failed to convert after Ahmad Bradshaw took an Eli Manning dump-off only four yards.
The Giants were penalized a total of nine times for 73 yards. That is just unacceptable, especially when your offense possesses the ball by a margin of 33:13 to 26:47 and doesn’t turn the ball over.
The Giants once again had great difficulty stopping the Redskins rushing attack, allowing a total of 207 yards on the ground on 31 attempts which is a 6.7 yard average.
Another bugaboo for the Giants reared its ugly head again and that is the Giants’ inability to score touchdowns. The first two drives down the field the Giants had to settle for field goal attempts. Lawrence Tynes missed his second attempt. They would settle for just one field goal in the second half, the only points the Giants scored.
Nothing went right for the Giants. Nothing. The penalties are obviously something that can be prevented and is very uncharacteristic of the Giants under Tom Coughlin.
What could have been a three game lead in the division is now just one game. This might be the Giants’ worst loss of the year.