The New York Giants went into Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers completely aware that losing was a non-option; something that was only compounded following a Philadelphia Eagles victory earlier in the day. But when kickoff finally arrived, the urgency just wasn't there.
From the onset, it was clear that San Diego had more energy and fire. An early turnover led to points on a Philip Rivers touchdown pass, and the Chargers never once looked back. From start to finish they dominated the game, as the Giants were more representative of their 0-6 start than their recent 5-1 run.
As has been the story all year, the Giants were ineffective on both offense and special teams, although their defense pitched in on Sunday as well. Turnovers and penalties proved repeatedly costly, while suspect play-calling only added to the problem.
With the loss, the Giants fall to 5-8 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention — both the NFC East and the wildcard (due to Arizona Cardinals' victory). They will host the Seattle Seahawks (11-2) next Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
- With Eli Manning's interception in the first quarter, it continued a once-per-game turnover streak. They are now the only team in the NFL to have a turnover in every single game this season.
- Eli Manning's two interceptions regained him the NFL lead with 20 (T - Geno Smith, 20).
- Hakeem Nicks was once again kept out the endzone, extending his touchdown-less streak to 16 games (15 games played).
- Markus Kuhn was officially credited with his first career kick return following a squib kick. It was brought back for 13 yards.
- Andre Brown lost his first career fumble when he coughed it up in the second quarter.
- Brandon Myers hauled in a touchdown for the third consecutive game.
- With the loss, Eli Manning falls to 0-3 against the Chargers (0-2 vs. Philip Rivers).
- Ryan Mathews was the first opposing running back to rush for 100+ yards against the Giants since Week 3 (DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers)
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