Alex Trautwig/Getty Images
The last offensive play the Giants ran came with 15 seconds left in the game (more on that in a bit, but first things first)on 2nd-and-19 from the Philadelphia 36-yard line.
Instead of a more high-percentage, shorter play to the sidelines to make a potential game-winning field goal more reasonable for Lawrence Tynes, Eli Manning tossed it deep towards the end zone to Domenik Hixon, to no avail.
Tynes then attempted two 54-yard field goals (he was iced once by Andy Reid), and missed them both—one wide left and one short—to seal the game for the Eagles.
The last playcall was the first issue with the Giants' last sequence.
The second issue is the fact that it was their last play.
Tom Coughlin was out of timeouts, after having to burn one in the third quarter to avoid a delay of game penalty and using the other two during the Eagles' previous drive. Coughlin elected to send his field goal unit onto the field on third down, with 15 ticks remaining.
Coughlin's thought process was that risking a play where a receiver wouldn't manage to stop the clock would be too big of a gamble, as the field goal team would then have less than 10 seconds to take the field, line up and get the ball snapped.
What Coughlin neglected to consider is that Eli Manning has won two Super Bowl MVP awards and should, by now, have the trust of the coaching staff.
Would Eli fire off a last-second pass if he wasn't 100 percent positive that his receiver could get out of bounds?
Coughlin admits he has had second thoughts since the miscue.
"If I were to do it over myself, would I be as conservative with the 15 seconds? Not this morning," Coughlin said to ESPN New York on Monday.
Follow John Dorn on Twitter at @JSDorn6 for more Giants chatter.