New York Giants: The Giant Collapse Ending the Giants Season

Anthony PucikCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Giants won the game 17-14.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants had the world in their hands. Heading into Week 15 against their arch rivals the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants were 9-6, and a win would allow them to take control of the division, and their playoff destiny.  Unfortunately, the Giants collapsed in the 4th quarter, relinquishing a 31-10 lead with 8 minutes left, losing control of the division, and their destiny.

There was still hope, however, because a win against the Packers in Week 16 would put the Giants in the driver's seat for the last remaining Wild Card spot. Once again, the Giants faltered, losing 45-16.

Even though they beat the Redskins this week, the Packers defeated the Bears, putting them in the playoffs while the Giants were sent packing.

The only people the Giants have to blame for this is themselves; if they had defeated the Eagles, which they should have easily done with the big lead they had, they wouldn't have had to worry about the Packers game as much as they did. The Giants went from possible division champs with a first round bye in the playoffs to not making the playoffs at all.

A defensive collapse, an offensive debacle and special teams woes—something has to change otherwise the Giants will end up in the same position next year that they are right now, watching the Super Bowl from home.