5 Biggest Losses for the New York Giants in 2013
Five Biggest Losses
The 2013 season ended as one of the bigger disappointments in recent history for the New York Giants. The team was talked about as a possible Super Bowl contender prior to the start of the season and failed to make the playoffs. The Giants had a bevy of unforeseen struggles that would ultimately doom them as a team.
In the past few years, the Giants have been prone to fast starts and second-half collapses. In fact, this pattern had become a staple of the Tom Coughlin era in New York. However, this year, the script was flipped even though the ending was just the same. The Giants lost their first six games of the year, digging themselves into a major hole, even in a weak division like the NFC East. New York was able to rattle off four straight wins, getting them back into the mix. In the end, the disastrous start was too much to overcome, as the Giants finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs.
New York's front office has already made some moves in this young offseason. Owner John Mara called the offense "broken" and has taken measures to fix it. The Giants have replaced long-time offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride with former Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. New York has also let go of their tight ends coach and running backs coach. These changes may just be the beginning.
Before we move on to 2014, let's take a look at New York's five biggest losses of the 2013 season. These are not necessarily the games with the biggest deficits, but losses that were truly crushing to New York's season.
Week 3: Carolina Panthers - 38, Giants - 0
In Week 3, the Giants were flat out embarrassed by the Carolina Panthers. The offensive line made any kind of positive yardage an impossibility. The o-line surrendered seven sacks, as Manning completed just 12 of 23 passes for only 119 yards. He threw one interception and no touchdowns. New York's defense allowed 194 rush yards, as they consistently lost contain on Cam Newton and the Panthers running backs. It was a complete and utter embarrassment of a performance on both sides of the ball.
Week 6: Chicago Bears - 27, Giants - 21
After losing their first six games, New York had a win in their sights in the Windy City. The Giants were down just six points, as they started a drive with under six minutes in the fourth quarter. The Giants picked up four first downs and moved into Chicago territory. Manning had tight end Brandon Myers wide open down the field but overshot him with a pass that was tipped by Myers and then intercepted. It was Manning's third interception of the game and it dropped New York to 0-6 on the year.
Week 1: Dallas Cowboys - 36, Giants - 31
The Giants opened the season in Dallas. Manning threw an interception on the very first play from scrimmage. It would eventually sum up the entire season. Despite five turnovers, New York was in the game and had a chance to take the lead. However, Manning's third interception of the game and New York's sixth turnover ended the Giants' hopes. A screen pass went off the hands of Da'Rel Scott and fell right into the lap of Brandon Carr. Carr took the interception 49 yards for a touchdown. It was an ugly debut for the G-Men, setting a certain standard for their season.
Week 5: Philadelphia Eagles - 36, Giants - 21
In Week 5, the Giants hosted the Philadelphia Eagles. Towards the end of the third quarter, New York took a 21-19 lead. Philadelphia would regain the lead with a field goal, as the fourth quarter approached. Unfortunately for the Giants, the fourth quarter would not bring out vintage Eli Manning. Manning would kill New York's first drive of the quarter with an intentional grounding penalty. Manning would then throw an interception on the next three Giants drives, as New York fell to the Eagles for their fifth straight loss to open the year.
Week 12: Dallas Cowboys - 24, New York Giants - 21
The Giants lost their first six games of the season. They won the next four after that. All of that led up to a critical Week 12 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. With a win, the Giants had a chance to catapult themselves back into the playoff mix. New York erased a 21-6 deficit to tie the game deep in the fourth quarter. However, the Cowboys were able to win on a last-second field goal, effectively crushing New York's playoff hopes.