We had a very bad feeling that the New York Giants might be staring at an 0-6 start to the 2013 NFL season. After their 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears, that's exactly what we have on our hands; an 0-6 start to the season.
The Giants had a very short week with the two games in less than four days and took on the Bears at Soldier Field, looking to put their mistakes and woes of the first five games behind them, but it was no such luck.
The Giants got the ball first to start the game after the Bears deferred the coin-toss and on the third play of the game, Eli Manning's pass was intercepted by Zack Bowman and brought it all the way to the Giants 12-yard line, giving the Bears excellent field position to start their first drive.
The Giants caught a break on it, as the Bears got stopped on third down and went for it on fourth down on the Giants four-yard line, but Jay Cutler's pass to Brandon Marshall was incomplete and the Giants took over on downs.
It didn't get any better for the Giants on their second drive, as Manning went to throw a quick pass to Rueben Randle, who kept going on the route, which lead to Tim Jennings intercepting the pass, Manning's second of the game and taking it back for a "pick-six" and the Bears were on the board first, going up 7-0.
The Giants didn't panic though, as the took the ball on their next drive, went down the field 80 yards and found their way into the end zone after 10 plays, which saw Brandon Jacobs score from four-yards out and tied the game at 7-7. Jacobs looked like the "Jacobs of old" out there and more like the running back from 2005-2008, as he was going north to south and battering people over.
The Giants defense though, had no answer to stopping Cutler and the Bears offense, as he took the Bears 86 yards down the field, and threw to his favorite target on the team in Marshall for a 10-yard touchdown pass, putting the Bears back up 14-7. The Bears receivers would abuse the Giants battered secondary all game long with their size and strength and would continue to do so all game long.
Randle got a chance to redeem himself for getting his quarterback picked off twice earlier in the game, as Manning and Randle connected on a 37-yard touchdown play that tied the game at 14-14 and the Giants simply would not go down without a fight on offense. The only problem for the Giants though, was they had no answer for Cutler and Marshall, as they continued to kill the Giants secondary and connected again for the second time for a touchdown; a three-yard strike and the Bears went back up 21-14.
Just before halftime, the Bears stopped the Giants offense from tying the game up, got the ball back, took it down field, and Robbie Gould connected on a 40-yard field goal to put the Bears up 24-14 at halftime. 10 points didn't seem so bad considering the Giants were down 12 points the previous week against the Eagles and scored 14 straight points to take the lead, but the Giants were far from out of the game.
On the first possession for the Bears in the second half, it was Gould again, who connected with his second field goal of the game from 52-yards out, extending the Bears lead to 27-14.
With moments left in the third quarter, the Giants again were driving, went 91 yards on nine plays, which ended with Jacobs plunging in for his second touchdown of the game and the Giants were within striking distance again, now only trailing 27-21. For Jacobs first start for the Giants in quite some time, he was making every bit of the game count with the two touchdowns and strong performance.
The Giants got the ball back with 5:21 left to go in the game, all three time outs, and started on their own 11-yard line and were looking for one more Eli Manning miracle to lead them to a victory and get off the winless streak in 2013.
The drive was going according to plan, as Jacobs was pushing the pile for 14 yards, then three and Manning connected on a first down to Hakeem Nicks for 11 yards and then Jacobs again for 12 yards. On this drive, the Giants really looked like they were going to march the ball down the Bears throat and score the go-ahead touchdown to put themselves up.
And then the football gods had themselves a nice laugh, as Manning's pass to Brandon Myers went up into the air and through his hands, and into the awaiting arms of Jennings; which was his second interception of the game and all but sealed the game for the Bears on Manning's third pick of the game. Despite being picked off for a third time, that throw was not on Manning and was clearly Myers' mistake for allowing miss-timing his jump and allowing it to go off his hands.
After the two minute warning, the Bears killed the clock, made the Giants spend all three of their remaining time outs and held on for a 27-21 victory on Thursday Night Football. With the win, the Giants fall to 0-6 and the Bears improve to 4-2 on the season.
Cutler went 24-of-36 for 262 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to Marshall, who had nine catches for 87 yards and the two TD receptions. Matt Forte wasn't much of a factor, as he was held to 67 yards rushing on 19 carries.
For the Giants, Manning went 14-for-26 for 239 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions; which again, were not on him and on his receivers who made huge mental mistakes tonight. Jacobs had 22 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns starting in place for the injured David Wilson and was really a force on the field for the team. Randle lead the receivers with three catches for 75 yards and one touchdown, although his mental mistakes on the field will not be overlooked.
On defense, the bright spot was the first start of Jon Beason, who looked like the guy playing for the Carolina Panthers and not the guy recovering from injuries; as he had 12 total tackles and 11 of which were solo. It's been a while for the Giants to have a linebacker who can go sideline to sideline and track down a ball carrier, but Beason was able to do that.
Despite that, the Giants are still 0-6 and at least now three games back in the NFC East depending on how the rest of the division finishes in Week 6. The team is making way too many mistakes for their own good and costing themselves games that they could win, and now have for the second week in a row.
With this, the Giants will now have 11 days to figure out what they can do to fix the problems before they take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 on October 21; their first Monday Night Football game of the season. However, at 0-6, the Giants are possibly looking at their first losing season in almost 10 years, dating back to Tom Coughlin and Manning's first year with the team in 2004, when they went 6-10.
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