Coughlin: Eli's struggles an 'accuracy issue'
The New York Giants would love get to a redo from last Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. The G-Men dropped a heartbreaker to the 49ers 16-10 and have just about squander any chance at playoff run for this season. On the loss Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said “It’s just that today in this particular situation – I could be standing here 17-16, but instead we're standing here with a loss, but I was pleased and proud of the way they played. They should have their heads up. They battled. We’ll have another opportunity next week.” The Giants throughout the game had many opportunities to win the game against the 49ers, but couldn’t find a way to cash in on them. One of those opportunities came late in the fourth quarter, when the Giants failed on four chances from the 49ers four yard line to score a touchdown and take the lead. Coughlin said the Giants inability to score on that drive and the play calling down in the red zone said “Here we are – four shots. I know what you’re saying. Blame it on me, but we were going to try to score a touchdown right there. I have a problem that they didn’t score.” One reason why the Giants offensive struggled in the game, was because of the player of quarterback Eli Manning. Manning played his worst game of the 2014 season. Eli was responsible for all five the Giants turnovers in the game, throwing five interceptions and problems with his accuracy the whole game. On his thoughts of Eli’s performance and if was a result of his having accuracy issues, Coughlin said “ It was obviously the accuracy issue. He had great pressure and I don’t think anybody’s going to argue with that one.” Even though the Giants offense struggled, the defense kept Big Blue in the game. After being embarrassed the week before against the Seattle Seahawks, where they gave up over 300 yards rushing, the Giants defense came to play against the 49ers and kept San Francisco tremendous offense at bay all game long. Coughlin on his defenses performance said “The defense obviously had listened to enough and they played with good physical play. They played hard. They made plays out there today and got a lot of stops.” The Giants now will need to move on from this tough loss and start focusing on their next game this Sunday night, when they take NFC East division rival the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. The only way they can do that, is follow what coach Coughlin preached to them after the game saying “They should have their heads up. They battled. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves and hang our heads. We’ll have another opportunity next week.” With the loss, the Giants dropped to 3-7 on the season and have now lost a season high five straight games. To keep any chance at playoff run alive, the Giants need to win this Sunday night against the Cowboys. If not, the Giants for the second straight year will not having a winning record and changes for Big Blue could be inevitable.
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