There is this common belief around the Giants that this team can simply "flip the switch" at any time and begin its charge towards the postseason.
Well, why was that switch not flipped in a game against the Falcons that New York truly needed to win?
Instead, the Giants played their flattest game since 1996:
The Giants have played 256 games since the last time they were shut out (Dec. 1, 1996: 24-0 at Eagles).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 16, 2012
The Giants are too talented to be playing at such a low level. Just look at the pattern into which their games have broken down this season. After starting the season 2-2, New York seemed to settle into a rhythm, winning four games in a row.
The problem is that the Giants have lost four of six games since then. The proverbial switch has not been flipped, and New York has floundered about in mediocrity while division rivals have made their charges.
Now, the NFC East is in a dead heat, and the Giants have no one to blame except themselves. Where is the urgency, the energy and the passion that we all know this team is capable of?
After all, we saw it just one season ago. New York won three of its last four regular-season games and then went on a miraculous run to the Super Bowl.
That story has become legend, and perhaps it has caused fans and the media to put on rose-colored glasses when looking at this year's team.
Eli Manning has shown weakness throughout the season, including six interceptions against divisional opponents. Hakeem Nicks has caught just three touchdown passes all year, and Justin Tuck has only three sacks.
New York's best players are not stepping up when they are needed, and time is now running out. Washington is in the driver's seat in the division, and the Giants will need help to make the playoffs.
Perhaps the Giants will finally flip that switch, but this season it is not a sure thing.