The New York Giants season entered a new low this weekend, as they gave up a huge 21-point lead and eventually lost in a truly shocking manner to the lowly Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday. This marks the seventh straight defeat for the Giants, but this one is likely going to sting the most because this is, by far, the weakest team that they have lost to. The Jaguars only had one win all season going into this contest, and this also marked the biggest comeback victory in franchise history for Jacksonville.
Both teams entered the game already out of the playoff hunt. Jacksonville has been among the worst teams all season, and the Giants were eliminated on Thanksgiving day when the Detroit Lions defeated the Chicago Bears.
Blake Bortles, the Jaguars quarterback, completed 21 of 35 pass attempts for 194 yards and a textbook touchdown pass to Marquise Lee in the corner of the end zone. It was the only offensive touchdown for Jacksonville, but it proved very valuable. Still, the Giants defense played tough, and largely kept the Jaguars offense in check.
Once again, New York’s offense proved to be the liability that prevented them from winning, although they played well early on. In a losing cause, Eli Manning completed 24 of 34 passes for 247 yards and 1 touchdown, and with one interception. But he also was sacked four times, and lost a fumble during one of those sacks deep in Giants territory that was ultimately recovered by the Jaguars defense for the touchdown. The Giants were leading 21-3 prior to that play, which really got the ball rolling for Jacksonville, as the momentum shifted. Rashad Jennings had a strong day running for New York, rushing for 91 yards on 26 rushes with two touchdowns. The offense played well in the first half, and particularly in the second quarter. But the mistakes in the second half, particularly the turnovers, proved very costly, and cost New York a chance to win. The offense turned the ball over too many times, and the Jaguar defense was able to score two touchdowns against New York’s mistake prone offense.
Tom Coughlin will likely be in the hot seat now, as his Giants surrendered a big 21-point lead in the game against the lowly Jaguars. Coughlin, of course, used to be the head coach for Jacksonville, and led them to three playoff appearances and two AFC Championship Game appearances in a span of four years in the nineties, His resume was even more impressive with the Giants, although he is likely now in the hot seat more than ever before, with everything quickly falling apart this season. The team that won the Super Bowl just three years ago now ranks as one of the worst teams in the league right now, and this loss was particularly embarrassing.
Coughlin said before the game that he admired the Jaguars pass rush. This has been a particularly sore point for him, as he has been very frustrated by the lack of an effective pass rush from the Giants defense this season. That much changed for New York Sunday, as they were able to sack Bortles seven times in this game.
New York, however, has been very weak in the second half lately, and that proved to be the case yet again against Jacksonville. That contributed greatly in the Giants giving up that huge 21-0 first half lead to find a way to lose in Jacksonville to the lowly Jaguars, who entered the game with a 1-10 record.
By Charles Bordeau
Yahoo Sports – Game stats
– Coughlin frustrated with lack of Giants pass rush
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