John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe stage was set for the Giants to finally win their first game of the season. The defense had stopped the bleeding and the offense was moving into position for a vintage Eli Manning comeback.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
With the two-minute warning bearing down on them, trailing 27-21, the Giants were threatening to drive deep into Bears’ territory for a game-winning score.
On a 2nd and 9 from the Chicago 35, Manning escaped the rush and found a wide open Brandon Myers in the right flat, but the throw was a tad high and Myers could not reel it in. It went through his hands and into the chest of Bears’ CB Tim Jennings on the 10.
The hopes of avoiding an 0-6 start ended with the INT – Manning’s third of the night. He now has 15 for the season – matching his total from all of last year.
The Giants can’t be totally bashed for their effort. They played fairly well throughout most of the game and appeared to be more cohesive in the trenches, especially on offense.
But the scoreboard is what counts. They did not surrender 30 points, as they had done the first five games, but they still fell short. The three INTs killed three drives and the team is not playing well enough to overcome such errors.
They are 0-6 for the first time since 1976, their inaugural season in the Meadowlands.
The rushing game, which had been on life support, got a shot in the arm from veteran Brandon Jacobs (22 rushes, 106 yds and 2TD) and the Giants actually outrushed the Bears 123 yards to 110.
It was hard not to notice recently-acquired LB Jon Beason who recorded 12 tackles (11 solo). Teamed with Spencer Paysinger, the Giants may have the beginnings of a competent LB corps.
WR Rueben Randle had three catches for 75 yards and a TD, but almost cost the Giants dearly by releasing the football too early after he slipped to the ground without being touched. The officials ruled he gave himself up, which he clearly didn’t.
After the game, Tom Coughlin said he was pleased with the effort but not the outcome.
“One of the goals we had was to play four solid quarters of championship quality football and to lose the game under the circumstances that we did…. with a nice drive going, it was very disappointing.”