Giants Fail To Show Up In Big Easy

Not much to say about this no-show, except that the Giants are now officially in trouble as far as the playoff picture goes. Here's the good and bad from Monday night's game against the Saints.

The Giants are in deep trouble now after a deeply disturbing 49-24 loss Monday to the Saints.

With Drew Brees having a career night with 363 yards of passing, four touchdowns and another run in by himself, and no interceptions, the Giants' defense would have been no match for him even if it had shown up. But that didn't happen, anyway, as they generated no pass rush pressure and failed to stop the run.

They allowed the Saints to run up 577 yards of offense. They failed to produce a single turnover.

The Giants are now seated a game behind Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta in the wildcard race, and the picture only gets worse with 11-0 Green Bay up Sunday.

On top of everything, the Giants sustained another injury on the defense as Osi Umenyiora went out in the third quarter with an ankle sprain and did not return.

Here's the very little good and the lot of bad from the game.


Jason Pierre-Paul: The defensive end made a great tackle on big tight end Jimmy Graham on the Saints' fake field goal throw from holder Chase Daniel on the game's first drive. JPP was back there as Devin Thomas missed the tackle, and brought Graham down a yard short of a first down at the 8 and kept the Saints from getting on the board.

Eli Manning: At least he kept competing. Nice 72-yard throw for the first of Victor Cruz' two TDs, both scored when the game was well out of reach. And he did well getting the Giants to within 11 with a touchdown drive to start the second half. Manning went 21-of-21 for 241 yards and two TDs in the second half before he missed Cruz on a short throw, leaving him one short of the league's single-game, consecutive completion record. He finished 33-of-47 for 406 yards with two TDs and a pick.


Jake Ballard: The first-quarter end zone interception goes on Eli Manning's record, but Ballard had his hands on the ball and let LB Will Herring wrestle it away from him. The ball was just underthrown, but Ballard should have at least played defense and knocked it loose.

FIRST-HALF OFFENSE: Three points, again. That's their fourth straight game with six or fewer points in the first half. Manning's interception took away seven valuable points that would have enabled them to stay respectably close to the high-powered Saints, which went into halftime with a 21-3 lead.

PASS RUSH: What pass rush? Drew Brees, except for a couple of exceptions, had all the time in the world to rack up 265 yards of passing and three touchdowns in the first half alone. The closest anyone got in the first half was Mark Herzlich, who fell within a half-step of a sack on Brees' 21-yard completion to Devry Henderson. Justin Tuck also had a pressure. But sacks? Zippo. And that's exactly what the Giants needed to keep Brees honest. The run defense was a disaster, too, and the Saints rang up a total of 354 yards of total offense in the first half alone.

Brandon Jacobs: Once again, he didn't do the job when it counted. Neither did any of the others in a 29-yard first half. Jacobs rushed seven times for 20 yards that half, less than three yards per carry. And he finished with 46 yards on 13 carries. Had to laugh when he scored that touchdown and darned near got an excessive celebration, still down by 11.

SECOND HALF OFFENSE: Nice job by Manning to engineer a touchdown drive off the second-half kickoff, all of which the defense gave back when it allowed Brees to easily march down the field for an answering score. Insult to injury -- Brees took it in himself for a 28-10 lead. And how about that double-miss on the drive from Tuck and Linval Joseph that allowed Brees to find Pierre Thomas on a first-down pass?

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