Bad Showing from New York Giants & Eli Manning Puts Their Playoff Hopes in Doubt

Hugo OlguinContributor IIIDecember 18, 2011

Eli Manning's three interceptions were so costly for the Giants.
Eli Manning's three interceptions were so costly for the Giants.Al Bello/Getty Images

The New York Giants may have just blown their chance to make the playoffs after suffering an embarrassing 23-3 defeat to the Washington Redskins.

Eli Manning threw for three interceptions in a really terrible showing against the Washington Redskins.  After looking like he could be a MVP candidate, Eli looked just awful facing an underrated Redskins' defense.  He was sacked three times and did not look comfortable in the pocket.

 Manning looked out of sync with his receivers all day long.  And those receivers did not do Manning any favors.  

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks dropped a wide-open pass from Manning in first quarter, which set the tone for the entire game.  Nicks also missed his route in the red zone, which led to one of Manning's three interceptions.

Both Ahmed Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs were non-factors in the game.  Bradshaw only got into the end zone once in the fourth quarter of the game.  

The Giants' defense blew a few plays but ended up playing much better in the second half.  Unfortunately, the damage was already done.  

The Redskins played a tough game, even with QB Rex Grossman throwing two interceptions of his own.  The defense kept the Giants under control and were able to force mistakes by the Giants.

What does this do for the Giants playoff hopes?  

The Giants went from controlling their own destiny to now having to be on high alert.  They are now a game behind the Cowboys.  This makes the matchup between the Giants and Cowboys in the season finale game even more exciting to watch.  Now, the Giants need to win and hope the Cowboys falter in their next game.

All in all, this puts coach Tom Coughlin back on the hot seat again.  Just when it seemed he saved his job, questions will come up as to whether or not he should be the Giants' coach next season.

This battle in the NFC East is one reason that shows that anything can happen in the NFL.