Sunday, January 3, 2016

Giants hang a 'L' in Tom Coughlin's final game as Head Coach

EAGLES 35
GIANTS 30

In what is likely Tom Coughlin's final game as Giants head coach, his football team failed to show up defensively and Eli Manning was once again front and center of a monster turnover that doomed Big Blue's season finale against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

While the Giants put well over 500 yards of offense, and their typically dead running attack actually had some teeth, it wasn't enough as the Giants couldn't hold off the Eagles, as once again the Giants couldn't add to a lead.

Late in the third quarter with the Giants in front 27-21, they were looking for more with a first and ten at the Philadelphia 14, when Manning was hit from behind causing the football to pop up into the air. Cornerback Walter Thurmond picked off the floater and rumbled 83-yards uncontested for the touchdown to give the Eagles a 28-27 lead.

The Giants dreadful defense would have no answer either. After letting the Eagles chew them up and spit them out in the first half, the Giants couldn't stop the Eagles on a 91-yard drive over 6:12 in the fourth quarter, culminating in a three-yard score from San Bradford to Jordan Matthews.

In the first half alone, the Eagles three scoring drives were each over 80 yards, as the Giants couldn't stop anyone wearing forest green and white. DeMarco Murray, who had a forgettable season in Philly, gashed the Giants for a 54-yard touchdown run to open the ball game. Later in the first quarter,  Bradford found tight end Zac Ertz on a 60-yard catch and run to the Giants six yard line. One play later, Darren Sproles dashed in for the score to make it 14-3 Eagles.

Give the Giants credit for trying to make a game of it. Big Blue posted 17 points in the second quarter to send the game into the half at 21-20. The Giants finally took the lead on Manning's 45-yard bomb to Ruben Randal to make it 27-21 with 9:11 to go in the third quarter. That would be the only excitement of the day for Big Blue.

During the loss it was announced by Fox Sports Jay Glazer that Coughlin will likely resign on Monday, although nothing has definitely been confirmed. It was reported over the weekend by Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports that Coughlin would step down on Monday.  If it is indeed the end, it was a sad ending. Coughlin deserves a better conclusion, but as I have written in the past, losing ones job is never dignified.

The Giants coach goes out a winner, even in the midst of a 6-10 disaster. The Giants have a lot of rebuilding to do, and that goes beyond the head coach position.

NOTES: Giants 2016 schedule finalized! With Big Blue's 35-30 loss on Sunday their 2016 schedule has been completed. The order of the schedule with dates and times won't be known until mid to late April.

Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Cincinnati
Road: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, St. Louis (at London), Cleveland, Pittsburgh.

The game against the Rams will take place in week 7, and will be played in London, England. Whether the Rams will still be the St. Louis Rams or Los Angeles Rams is a story in of itself.

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