If i remember correctly...
So my first thought was on the holding penalty. This turned out to be a big play in the game but let's back up a bit. The play before that was a 2nd and 3 or second and 4. Brandon Jacobs did not have a hole to run to but there was a surge up the middle. For the entire first half the giants ran right through the patriots, but that was a really frustrating play to see him bounce it around, and end up a yard short. If he had taken the play up the middle he would have fallen forward and we would have probably got that first.
The giants o-line was dominant early. However, they really got poor as the game went on. We had to settle for a FG early because a 3man rush registered a sack on ELI! I watched it over and over to try to figure out what the breakdown was, most of the sacks were people coming off their blocks for not obvious reason. K Mac is the main culprit of this, his mentally must be something like, "this running play is not to my side, thus I will hold my block for 1.5 seconds and give up even if I am doing a good job"
Pascoe and Hynoski played great. They really made a big difference in the game. Moved to open space and made catches.
The other terrible thing was how we burned the second time out in the 4th quarter. 2nd and 5 we took a shot down the field, manningham was too wide and stepped out. We took to long to get back to the huddle and had to burn a time out. Then after the time out someone on the oline flinched and we got a false start. That really sucked! to go from 2nd and 5 to 3rd and 10. Man that was ugly.
Other then manninghams great sideline catch he had a pretty crappy game. Two catches he could have had were tough he was border line interfered with (and probably was) but he did not playing tough. the long bomb in the first half he stutter stepped and mis-timed his jump, the other two he got roughed up but those were catchable. Also in the final drive he also failed to recognize a back shoulder throw and took it up field.
On defence you heard Boley's name a lot but not usually in a good way. he got stuck with some tough covers in Hernandez and branch or Welker in the slot, maybe we should have had a dime back in, but whatever.
The other thing that was really crappy is on a free kick someone totally whiffed on a block. You know I know blackman is not Hixon but man I feel like he barely every got a decent chance at a return all year.
Jerrigan had some solid returns.
The other thing not so hot was Danny Ware completely whiffed on end block that got eli hit. Ware has this pathetic chip block where he half heartedly puts his head to the side and then jumps in a random direction. We know he is not the toughest guy in the world but his efforts look lame. I would rather see him stand up set his feat and get run over like a man, then see this sideways jumping shoulder joke.
In a nutshell I liked both Jacobs and Manningham, but frankly I am ok with seeing them go. I am glad we drafted another running back, hopefully he has more stones when he has to stay in and block then D Ware. I am glad we have one more linebacker in the mix.
I'm being a jerk, of course, everyone who I am *****ing about had some good plays in the game.
Here is what I am wondering: What will Jim Harbaugh do with Manningham? Can he groom him into a solid #1 or #2 guy on that team? I think he is the only wild card. Jacobs is a known quantity we know what he is and what he isn't but what can he get out of manningham. In any case I think the giants organization made good (if not easy) decisions on letting both of those players go. This is the same deal with ross. They have flashes but consistency and evolution kill them.