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12-17-2012, 07:16 AM
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The Giants might need help to get into the playoffs following Sunday's loss

Faced with a virtual must-win situation Sunday, the Giants suffered one of their worst and ugliest losses in memory.

Coming up short in all phases of the game, the Giants were dominated in a 27-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. With two games remaining – at Baltimore and home against Philadelphia – the Giants might need help to get into the playoffs.

The Giants fell to 8-6 and depending on the outcomes of the games involving Washington and Dallas, they will still be in first place or will drop to second place in the NFC East. If they are tied for first or in second, they no longer control their division title destiny.

The Falcons improved to an NFC-best 12-2.

Atlanta scored on Matt Ryan touchdown passes of 12 yards to Tony Gonzalez and 40 yards to Julio Jones, Michael Turner’s one-yard touchdown run and Matt Bryant field goals of 38 and 19 yards.

Lawrence Tynes missed a field goal attempt and the Giants came up short on fourth-down conversion attempts three times.

The Falcons increased their lead to 24-0 on the first series of the second half when Ryan and Jones hooked up for a long touchdown pass. On first down, Jones lined up on the left side, ran past rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley and caught Ryan’s perfectly-thrown ball in the end zone.

The score capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive that included Turner’s 14-yard run and a 10-yard pass to Jones just prior to the touchdown.

On their next possession, the Giants drove to the Atlanta 25-yard line where, for the third time, they tried to convert a fourth-down opportunity. And for the fourth time they failed. Eli Manning ’s pass to Lregg Lumpkin was knocked down at the line by defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux.

The Falcons then drove 73 yards to set up Bryant’s 19-yard field goal, which increased Atlanta’s lead to 27-0 with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Giants trailed, 17-0, at the end of a first half in which Manning threw two interceptions, Tynes missed a 30-yard field goal and they twice came up short on fourth-down conversion attempts.

The 17-point halftime deficit was the Giants’ largest since they trailed at New Orleans, 21-3, on Nov. 28, 2011.

It was their first scoreless half since Nov. 6, 2011 at New England (where a 0-0 tie became a 24-20 Giants victory) and the first time they were shutout in the first half and trailed since Sept. 19, 2010 at Indianapolis, where they were down 24-0 and lost, 38-14.

Atlanta scored only three points in the second quarter, but it was still a bad 15 minutes for the Giants.

On the Giants’ second offense play of the quarter, Manning’s pass was intercepted – just as his second pass in the first quarter was. Safety Thomas DeCoud picked off the throw intended for Hakeem Nicks and returned it five yards to the Giants’ 27. But the Falcons lost a yard on Harry Douglas’ third-down end-around and Bryant came on to kick a 38-yard field goal.

On the Giants’ ensuing possession, recently-signed Kregg Lumpkin’s 40 rushing yards helped move the Giants move to the Falcons’ 32-yard line. But on fourth down, David WIlson ran off left tackle and was stopped for no gain.

The Giants forced an Atlanta punt and again put together an impressive series, starting at their own 10-yard line and traveling to the Falcons’ 11 – where they faced another fourth-and-one. Tom Coughlin eschewed a field goal attempt that could have given the Giants their first points and instead kept his offense on the field. But Manning’s pass for Victor Cruz fell incomplete.

The Giants trailed, 14-0, at the end of a first quarter that was as one-sided as the score indicated.

On the second play of the game, Manning’s pass for Nicks was intercepted by Asante Samuel, who returned the ball six yards to the Giants’ 16-yard line. It was the first time Manning’s first pass in a game was picked off since Nov. 1, 2009 at Philadelphia, where the perpetrator was Samuel.

Turner covered the 16 yards by himself, on runs of three, eight, four and one yard, the last off right guard for the touchdown and a 7-0 Atlanta lead just 2:28 into the game.

The Giants responded with a nice drive, moving from their own 20 to the Falcons’ 12-yard line. But Manning’s third-down pass fell incomplete and Lawrence Tynes was wide left on a 30-yard field goal, his shortest missed attempt in more than three years.

Atlanta took advantage of the miscue by driving 80 yards in 10 plays, including Ryan’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Gonzalez, who made a terrific leaping catch in the end zone with Will Hill directly in front of him. The big play on the series was a 37-yard pass to a wide open Harry Douglas up the left sideline. That gave Atlanta a first down at the Giants’ 11-yard line. Gonzalez scored to plays later.

12-17-2012, 12:22 PM
The Man that took away Touches from Wilson, Lumpkin, are they going to talk about his ball security for months now? and does he get benched,

probably not

12-17-2012, 01:09 PM
The Man that took away Touches from Wilson, Lumpkin, are they going to talk about his ball security for months now? and does he get benched,

probably not

Lumpkin didn't "take away" anything from Wilson. That was a coaching decision. He fumbled, Wilson got knocked around in his blocking assignments, Eli was not Eli, and on and on. It was a TEAM loss.

12-17-2012, 01:16 PM
The Man that took away Touches from Wilson, Lumpkin, are they going to talk about his ball security for months now? and does he get benched,

probably not

Next time around, Jerry Reese should ask Gilbride's permission before drafting someone on the offense. That's the lesson I got yesterday.