The San Diego Chargers pulled the plug on the New York Giants' already slim playoff hopes by scoring on seven of their 10 possession as part of the 37-14 rout that ended New York's already waning hopes.
As has been the case for the Giants all season long, they were unable to get a complete game out of all three phases of the ball.
They turned the ball over three times on two interceptions thrown by quarterback Eli Manning and on running back Andre Brown’s first career fumble. The Chargers successfully converted two of those Giants turnovers into 14 first-half points for a 24-7 lead.
With the loss, the Giants’ record falls to 5-8. That means the best they can hope for in their remaining three games is to finish at .500 for the season.
That won’t be easy, as they have games coming up against teams that are still in the postseason hunt and who will not be in a charitable mood.
Those games include a home matchup against the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks, who lost 19-17 to the San Francisco 49ers and the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions, who lost 34-20 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants, who will close out their 2013 season at home against Washington on Dec. 29, have not finished below 8-8 since 2004, head coach Tom Coughlin's first year at the helm.
In that season, New York finished in second place in the NFC East.
The Giants last finished at 8-8 in 2009, a year in which they placed third in the division.
They have finished 9-7 in each of the last two seasons, with the 2011 team winning the Super Bowl and the 2012 team missing the playoffs.
Let's look at the grades from this week's debacle.