The New York Giants‘ defense has let them down all season, so it was fitting that it was the defense that let them down in the game that shut the door on their playoff hopes. Against the San Diego Chargers, the defense was unable to stop Phillip Rivers and company early and often.
The Giants gave up 37 points, 388 total yards, and a whopping 25 first downs in a game that they needed to win in order to keep alive their slim hopes at earning a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs. Instead, the poor defensive showing means the Giants will spend the rest of the season playing out the string, finishing with a .500 record at best.
It’s been an up-and-down year for New York, beginning with an epic six-game losing streak. Then, just when the Giants seemed to be entrenched as one of the worst teams in the league, they won five of six to give them the slimmest hopes of playing meaningful games in December. Well, technically they did play one meaningful game in December, but they failed to show up today.
New York has an extensive rebuilding effort on their hands. Eli Manning has won them championships in the past, but he isn’t good enough, or consistent enough, to drag a bad team to the playoffs. Instead, the Giants need to overhaul their roster before they can hope to compete on an elite level again.
The year of 2013 will go down as a lost year for the Giants, and this week, the loss to the San Diego Chargers will go down as the final nail in their playoff hopes’ coffin.