With a 6-3 record within reach, the Giants sent their defensive unit onto the field late in the fourth quarter in an attempt to hold off Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
Within a blink of an eye, New York was 5-4.
The Giants submitted a fairly decent performance at the Meadowlands on Sunday evening, as quarterback Eli Manning threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns while avoiding any interceptions. Manning led the team down the field in the fourth quarter with hopes of scoring a touchdown, but RB Brandon Jacobs and the rest of the offense failed to find the end zone, forcing kicker Lawrence Tynes to give the team three more points. With a six point lead, the defense was unable to stop Rivers and the hurry-up offense of the San Diego Chargers, leading to the heartbreaking touchdown to Vincent Jackson in the final seconds.
The Giants can’t let this loss get to them — it was a well-played game that just ended up going San Diego’s way. The defense probably should have called a time-out to regroup in the seconds before Jackson’s touchdown grab, but it’s much easier said than done.
New York will have a much-needed bye week and two weeks to prepare for their showdown with the Atlanta Falcons at the Meadowlands in week 11. As long as the team doesn’t allow momentum to get to them, they have a solid chance to turn this season back around. Following the Falcons matchup, the Giants will face the struggling Broncos on Thanksgiving day before hosting the Dallas Cowboys at Giants Stadium in week 13. With home games against divisional rivals Dallas and Philadelphia remaining, the Giants will look to capitalize on their potential and get back in the winning column.
I am confident that coach Tom Coughlin has what it takes to point his team in the right direction, especially since he has been used to playing these pressuring games following a loss or losing streak. He isn’t any stranger to criticism, as he nearly lost his job in 2006 and overcame the odds by leading his team to a Super Bowl victory in 2007 as a wild card team against an undefeated Patriots squad.
With two weeks to heal the injuries and prepare for Atlanta, expect Big Blue to come flying out of the gates come week 11.