New York Giants Playoff Hopes Hanging by a Thread

By Christopher Gamble


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The New York Giants have been a frustrating team at times this season. Coming off of a 52-27 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Giants were completely dominated by the Atlanta Falcons in a 34-0 trouncing.

Not a single aspect of the Giants game plan seemed to work as the Giants were thoroughly defeated by the now 12-2 Falcons. A missed field goal and two turnovers on downs inside Falcons territory left the Giants down 17-0 instead of possibly down 17-9. Lawrence Tynes missed a makeable 30-yard field goal which would have made it 7-3 and the Giants would never have a shot to get closer.

The Giants just did not look ready to play at all today. The second play of the game, and the Giants first pass was intercepted, giving the Falcons superb field position. Four rushes by Michael Turner later and the Falcons were up 7-0.

The Giants just didn’t look ready in any facet of the game. Their pass defense was shredded by Matt Ryan who hit Julio Jones on a 40-yard touchdown to end the opening drive of the second half and put the Falcons up 24-0.

Jayron Hosley looked overmatched starting in place of an injured Prince Amukamara and was burned by Jones on that 40-yard TD.

This might be the worst game the Giants have played all year. Nothing worked. Offense, defense, special teams, the Giants seemed like they were hung-over and just had no fight.

The red zone once again proved to be a problem area as the Giants failed to score on any of the three drives in the first half that ended there. The play-calling was atrocious and the play execution was even worse. This was the worst loss by the Giants I have seen since Emmitt Smith was crushing New York’s dreams.

After watching this game one has to question if the Giants are truly a playoff-caliber team. Tom Coughlin has a lot of work ahead of him.

Are the Giants really a playoff team? Losses to the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers look like they will come back to haunt the Giants. One really has to question which Giants team will show up on any given week. Is it the team that defeats the San Francisco 49ers? Is it the team that had to come back from behind

to defeat the Cleveland Browns or is it the team that just can’t get out of its own way? The fact that this is even a question this late in the season, with all that is on the line at this point is not a good sign for the Giants. This could be a long off-season ahead unless the Giants win their next two games and get a little help.

The Giants playoff hopes are now hanging by a thread and the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys both have a pair of scissors. The Giants also seem to rubbing that thread on some razor blades as they struggle to lift themselves up.


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