Jim Mancari, ContributorAgainst the Chargers, the Giants offensively looked like they did their first six games of the season — all losses. They really only looked good on the first two drives of the second half that both resulted in touchdowns. The first one however was only an 18-yard drive.
The offense turned the ball over three times. The Eli Manning interception went right through the hands of Rueben Randle, but it still goes down as another Eli pick. Andre Brown lost a fumble for the first time in his career.
Both these turnovers resulted in Chargers’ touchdowns. If you keep giving the opposing team chances, they are bound to take advantage of them.
Manning later threw a second interception, but the game was wrapped up by that time anyway. Hakeem Nicks actually showed up in this one, catching two long passes. But it really meant nothing in the scheme of things.
Tom UddoJust a terrible day for the defense at every position. From kickoff, the San Diego Chargers completely dominated Big Blue; from the defensive line to the secondary, the Giants were embarrassed in a game that was over by halftime.
San Diego moved the chains for 25 first-downs, racked up 249 yards through the air in a flawless game by Philip Rivers who had three touchdowns and zero interceptions, and for the first time since week 3, the Giants allowed a 100-yard rusher in Ryan Matthews.
The secondary was beaten twice by breakout receiver Keenan Allen who found the endzone and even though no receiver had big numbers on the day, the ball was spread around to seven different receivers.
Besides the two sacks by Justin Tuck, the Giants defensive line couldn’t generate any pressure in what is a situation that is going to be at the top of the list of offseason problems that has to be addressed.
Back to reality for this Giants team as they are officially eliminated from the playoffs, which were a longshot in the first place. Is anyone’s on the chopping block this week? Maybe the entire defense should be.
Special Teams: B
John Fennelly, Lead WriterNot a lot to report this week. The most action took place with the Giants on the receiving end of a kickoff.
Chargers’ PK Nick Novak kicked off eight times and the Giants returned seven of them. Michael Cox returned six for an average of 18.8 yards and up man Markus Kuhn took a short one 13 yards. Uneventful to put it plainly.
Novak missed a 41-yard FG but got to re-kick from 36 yards out after Charles James got caught offsides. Naturally, the second attempt was good.
The Giants kicked off three times. Ronnie Brown returned two for an average of 17 yards. The other attempt went for a touchback. Giants’ PK Josh Brown did not attempt a FG.
The Chargers punted only once in the game. The attempt went out of bounds.
Steve Weatherford punted three times for an average of 47 with a long of 48. San Diego’s Keenan Allen only managed two yards on two attempts and Eddie Royal called for a fair catch.