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Last night on Monday Night Football, the entire nation got to witness the misery of the Giants. Their ineffective defense sputtered against the untouchable Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Giants fumbled the ball four times but only lost it once. Thanks to this 49-24 drubbing, the Giants are looking up at the Dallas Cowboys in the standings and looking forward to the undefeated Green Bay Packers on the schedule.
Drew Brees and Eli Manning have been two of the best quarterbacks in the league this year, and last night’s showdown didn’t disappoint. Manning topped 400 yards for the second time this season while Brees added four touchdowns. And in typical Manning form, he threw an interception in the endzone for good measure. It was his fourth straight game with an interception.
So what made the difference here? The Giants couldn’t stop the run. Mark Ingram blasted his way through the line, picking up first down after first down. The G-men failed to buckle down at the goal line and allowed three rushing touchdowns. They also allowed a laughable 205 yards on the ground.
Giants fans know about this. It happens every year. When the going gets tough, the Giants go away. In Coughlin’s seven seasons as head coach, the Giants have collapsed in the second half every year. They’re riding a three-game losing streak into a matchup with the league’s best team. They have proven that they can’t win even with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. If the Giants fall further and miss the playoffs for the third straight year, Coughlin’s time in New York may be over.
A few more names to add to the “Giants have the worst luck ever” list: Hakeem Nicks (bruised ribs) and Osi Umenyiora (sprained ankle). Mario Manningham and Ahmad Bradshaw did not play last night. If the Giants want to succeed, they need Bradshaw back. They’re currently 32nd in the league in rushing, and it’s clear that Brandon Jacobs can’t get anything done from the backfield.