Oh, the possibilities of what might have been had the Giants received similar efforts from the get-go. Instead, they head into the bye at 2-6, thinking about how they might scrape their way to .500.
Coach Tom Coughlin’s team played what may have been its most complete game of the season, albeit with flaws. So let’s hand out some game balls and gassers.
In some ways the rematch with the Washington Redskins turned out to be a reverse of their first meeting. The Giants will be looking hard in the mirror after this one, as they were penalized nine times for 73 yards.
The Giants reportedly locked up linebacker-turned-long snapper Zak DeOssie to a three-year contract extension through the 2015 season on Friday. The deal is said to be worth $3.45 million, $900,000 of which is guaranteed
The Super Bowl will start with referee John Parry displaying both sides of a special commemorative coin, then asking Giants special teams captain Zak DeOssie to make a one-word choice.
Big play after big play after big play. Are you sure that team was the Giants?
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith made the selection on Thursday. It will be DeOssie’s second Pro Bowl. He played two years ago.
“I’ve never been around anything like this in my life,” said Tom Coughlin, whose job may be on the line if the Giants miss the playoffs for a second straight year. “It’s about as empty as you get to feel in this business, right there.”
Maybe the Eagles have a psychological edge over the Giants. Maybe the Giants were too fatigued to finish the job. Maybe they were overconfident after building a three-touchdown lead. Maybe there were some questionable coaching decisions. Or maybe Michael Vick really is THAT good.
The New York Giants have placed center Adam Koets on injured reserve and activated offensive lineman Kevin Boothe off the physically unable to perform list.