With their very slim playoff hopes hanging on by a thread, the New York Giants came into Sunday afternoon's game against the San Diego Chargers and played about as poorly of a game and as flat of a game as a team could during a time where they needed to continue winning.
Yet, despite needing a victory in Week 14, the Giants fell short and ended up being destroyed by the Chargers 37-14 in a game that officially ended their chances of getting to the playoffs and will watch another team in the NFC represent the conference and have a shot of winning the Super Bowl in their own building this coming February at MetLife Stadium.
After the Giants blowout loss to San Diego on Sunday, starting middle linebacker Jon Beason kept it very simple as why the team didn't look sharp, much less competitive in their defeat as they came out flat and the results on the field followed.
“We came out flat,” Beason said. “The floodgates were open and it’s hard to come back. We played better in the second half than we did in the first half, but it just comes down to execution.”
In the first half of the game, the Giants simply could not get anything going on offense and were shut out on the scoreboard as they went into the locker room trailing 24-0. The Giants did manage to score their first touchdown of the game in the third quarter which cut the score to 24-7, but the Chargers responded effectively with another touchdown that put them up 31-7 and the Giants never got back into the game once falling behind that far behind.
Sharing Beason's thoughts was defensive end and captain Justin Tuck, who despite his two sack effort on Philip Rivers which put his season total to 8.5; felt that the team, still thought the Giants lacked enthusiasm and felt the entire game was frustrating to go through because of the loss.
“It was kind of frustrating [Sunday] to have to be questioning where out enthusiasm was,” Tuck said. “I thought we picked it up coming out for the second half and there was some good things there. But it still wasn’t enough.”
The Giants, now at 5-8, are basically playing for pride and looking to finish out the 2013 season hoping to avoid finishing under .500, which would be the first time that kind of season happened back in 2004, which was the first year in New York for head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning. On Sunday, the Giants will face off against the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium and considering Seattle is a potential Super Bowl favorite this year, the Giants chances of getting to .500 before the end of the season look even slimmer now.
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