On Sunday afternoon, the Giants playoff hopes officially came to an end with a blowout loss in San Diego to the Chargers.
Full game grades and analysis are below.
New York - 14
San Diego - 37
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at Chargers Week 14
Game Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: They needed a strong performance from this unit against a bad pass defense to have a chance to win this game. Instead, they didn’t manufacture a point in the first half and Eli Manning threw two interceptions.
The failure was collective but most of the blame has to fall on Manning. He has been bad all season and today may have been his worst performance, considering the level of competition.
Run Offense: Andre Brown got going in the second half, but it was after the game was virtually out of reach. Also, his fumble late in the second quarter led to a Chargers touchdown. It was a mistake the Giants could ill afford, since they were already trailing by 17 points.
Pass Defense: The Giants didn’t pressure Philip Rivers on most of the Chargers third-down conversions. In addition, they were terrible covering underneath throws. Finally, on the few long pass attempts by Rivers, the Giants either allowed a big play or committed pass interference.
This was the worst performance by this unit all season.
Run Defense: They stuffed Ryan Matthews quite a few times, which helped hold the Chargers to fewer than four yards per carry. However, this unit is the strength of the defense and by allowing 140 yards rushing, San Diego’s offense was able to keep the Giants guessing with a balanced attack.
Special Teams: At a minimum, special teams can’t allow points. When you also provide nothing in the return game to help set the offense up with good field position, any mistakes become even more glaring.
This unit was terrible again today after at least not hurting the team over the last three games.
Coaching: A slow start in a must-win game and costly penalties and turnovers throughout reflects poorly on Tom Coughlin and his staff.
In a way it was a microcosm of a season that started with six straight losses, due mainly to mistakes.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Rueben Randle’s failure to locate a pass on the Giants second drive cost Eli Manning another interception, and New York a scoring opportunity. Manning has not helped his own cause, however, with several off-target passes, including throwing short to a wide-open Louis Murphy early in the second quarter.
Run Offense: They had too many run attempts that were stuffed for a loss or little gain. Also, the Brown fumble was costly, since San Diego took advantage of the short field by marching downfield for a touchdown right before halftime.
Pass Defense: They have not generated consistent pressure, especially on third down. Their failure on the latter is a big reason why the Chargers have converted seven of nine third downs for either a first down or a touchdown.
Run Defense: They were solid for most of the first half. Their two major blemishes were allowing Danny Woodhead to gain a first down on a third-down draw in the first quarter and a 16-yard scamper by Ryan Matthews on the Chargers second touchdown drive.
Special Teams: This unit had played well in three straight games, but they returned to their old ways with the offside penalty by Charles James on the Nick Novak missed field goal. Also, the penalty on the strong kickoff return by Michael Cox cost the Giants good field position after the Chargers took a 17-point lead. On a positive note, the punt unit has been strong, due mainly to strong coverage.
Coaching: The Giants have started slow for a second game in a row, especially in terms of getting the offense going. Also offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride needs to take some blame for another delay of game penalty, a recurring issue this season. Finally, not getting a play off before the two-minute warning, which allowed San Diego to challenge the Andre Brown fumble, was another case of lethargic decision-making by Gilbride and Manning.