New York Giants Suffer Stunning Loss To Packers, Only a Glimmer of Hope Remains
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Even after last week's collapse, we, the fans, thought the Giants would dig deep and find it in them to rebound against the Packers, like they did in 2007.
Sadly, we couldn't have been more wrong.
Now, the downtrodden G-Men head to Washington, where they haven't lost since 2005. Despite their recent success in D.C., it's hard for anyone close to the Giant organization to envision an easy victory, or even a win for that matter, after they put on such a poor performance in Green Bay.
While Aaron Rodgers' star shone bright Sunday, as he passed for 400 yards and four TDs, dismantling a once-vaunted defense with a great mix of short throws and timely plays, the Giants showed almost nothing positive on the either side of the ball, except an uncharacteristic lack of heart.
Though it's hard to blame Tom Coughlin in this one, despite a crucial use of his last challenge on a very obvious call on the Jacobs' fumble, he will undoubtedly be the scapegoat because of New York's uninspired play.
Sure there were a few bright spots early on, like the Manningham touchdown and the Giants' early 14-point comeback, but the game never seemed in doubt as the G-Men were always in a hole playing catch-up against the more prepared Green Bay Packers.
The Giants' turnovers, all six of them, contributed mightily to the loss, but the biggest problem Sunday was when they got hit in the mouth, they never got up.
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Team leaders Justin Tuck and Eli Manning both had decent games (Tuck, even with three tackles and a sack, was neutralized by the short passing game of Green Bay and Eli had his moments despite four costly turnovers), but the rest of the Giants team seemed out of it the entire afternoon.
Excuses could be made, such as Perry Fewell's refusal to move up his cornerbacks or the referees' abysmal game, but anyone who watched the game saw the lack of fire in the Giants' play. The momentum was held by the Packers throughout the game, and the Giants seemed content with letting it stay that way.
For fans, the loss is hard to swallow, not just because of the 45-17 score line, but because there was also a belief around the team that they had a fighting chance to compete for the Super Bowl in a season filled with parity.
Instead, Green Bay exposed the Giants on both sides of the ball, crushing their will with clutch plays (the Clay Matthews forced fumble is just one example) and forcing them into boneheaded, back-breaking plays (yea we're talking about you, Terrell Thomas).
The healing starts now, as the Giants will spend the week licking their wounds and convincing us again that they can still get into the playoffs; and maybe, they can.
Right now, though, most of us will sit in a dark room for two hours and think about that loss, those back-to-back losses, and wonder what happened to our Super Bowl season.
It's a sad day to be a Giants fan, but we always have next week.
One more shot to save their coach's job and their season; hopefully this time they can rise to the occasion.
Jesse Paguaga is a Featured Columnist for the New York Giants on Bleacher Report. He is a regular contributor to Baseball Digest in the BD Baseball Fantasy Department. Jesse writes for Gotham Baseball, along with Gotham Hoops, Gotham Gridiron, and The Jerry Magwire Blog (http://thejerrymagwire.wordpress.com/). He can be reached at Paguaga@usc.edu or can be found on Facebook and on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/@jpags77.
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