From The Brink

The Giants escaped with a win they had to have today.  Losing to Washington at home would have been bad enough, but it also would have dropped them to 0-3 in the NFC East.  But, they did just enough and are now 5-2 and with the Eagles on bye week, they now have a 1-1/2 game lead in the division.

What bothered me as a Giants’ fan was the play calling.  Leading 20-13, the Giants stopped a long Washington drive by forcing a turnover at their own 27-yard line.  With just over seven minutes remaining, this seemed like the perfect time to run the ball on first down and get the clock winding down.  Instead the Giants called for a pass and Eli made a terrible throw.  The ball was intercepted and Washington kicked a field goal to cut the lead to 20-16.

Amazingly, the Giants didn’t learn a thing from that first play call.  They received the kickoff and with the ball on their own 17 and 5:21 remaining they called for a pass again on first down!  This time Eli was sacked and while the Giants recovered and made the first down, it was a stupid play call.

I understand that these are not the old “pound on the ground” Giants.  They have an elite QB and two elite wide receivers.  They should pass the ball early and often.  But, there is a time for the pass and when you have a small lead in the fourth quarter, you have to milk the clock a bit.  In either instance a run would have taken approximately 45-seconds off of the clock.  Ironically, it turned out that the Giants needed those seconds to complete their comeback, but that misses the point.  Hey, Kevin Gilbride, next time how about a run?

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  • Mitchell  On October 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I too was scratching my head on the entire play calling sequence, Peter. Yep, it’s wonderful to win the game, but wouldn’t it be nice if the wins weren’t accomplished in such dramatic, last minute fashion? It’s bad enough having to watch the Wolverines win it with a 38 yard FG with FIVE seconds left on the clock – but having to watch a 70 yarder float perfectly into Cruz’s hands to win it. Hey, I’m not complaining about the outcome, but sometimes, yes – you can win “smarter”.

    • nysportsfanatic  On October 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Mitchell- I too could use a break form the drama. Like you I am all for the outcome, but the Yankees gave us enough heart-stopping drama for awhile.

      And I think Ahmad Bradshaw had it right when he asked Coughlin “politely” to run the ball more.

  • Mitchell  On October 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Peter, I absolutely canNOT believe that they managed to make it even MORE of a cardiac-causing ending this week. I mean, c’mon, reviewing a Cowboy’s catch in the end zone and ruling that two fingers were out of bounds?

    Jints didn’t really win that game as much as the Cowboys lost it. Take the W, fellas, stay a few days in Dallas, enjoy the sights, and wait for the airports to re-open after Sandy departs.

    Wow !

    • nysportsfanatic  On October 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Mitchell

      Yup, once again they made us sweat out what should have been an easy win. Those two fingers were maybe two inches out of bounds. It was so close I thought they might not overturn the call on the field.

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