The New York Giants squander opportunities against the New England Patriots and loss in the finals seconds of the game 27-26. Pats Kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicked the game winning field goal with one second left.
There are many scenarios on what the Giants could have done to secure a victory over the undefeated Pats. If they scored on the Tom Brady fumble, if Odell Beckham Jr. caught the touchdown or if they manage the clock better to take time off. All of these scenarios go into the same bad habits the Giants fall back on. They keep blowing leads in the fourth quarter and don’t make simple situational football plays, even against a great organization.
You can look back and see how one play here or there could have changed things, but the other team had the football last and got in position to win,” said Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who knows a thing or two about breaking the hearts of opponents with last-minute drives according to the New York Times. “You’ve got to give Tom Brady and their offense credit. They were up against it there.
This year’s team continues to give opponents a chance to win in the fourth quarter. The Giants had a 10 point lead in the 3rd quarter and the biggest play that changed the momentum of the game came from special teams. The Pats almost scored on a punt return from Danny Amendola and set up the next touchdown. The Giants knew that but gave them another opportunity despite the pick from Brady.
They had the chance to seal the game with an interception from their cornerback Landon Collins, but he dropped it which gave Brady another chance. The play of the Giants in this game may be a positive from Manning, but it may linger into the bye week on how they can win the division based on head coach Tom Coughlin’s comments.
They will hurt tonight, tomorrow and probably well into the bye week,”Coughlin said of his players according to the New York Times. “But maybe that’s a good thing.