There will be no postseason for the New York Giants in 2014. For the third straight year, the Giants will not be playing January, after losing to their NFC East division rival the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night 31-28.
The loss against the Cowboys, increased the Giants current losing streak to six straight games and marked for the second straight week that Big Blue lost by less than a touchdown.
“We played hard. We put ourselves in position to win the game,” noted Coughlin. “We didn’t win. It was the second time in two weeks that we’ve been in that spot, but we weren’t able to win. So back to the drawing board we go.”
The Giants were in control for most of the game. The G-Men had a commanding 21-10 lead going into halftime and saw their offense explode for three touchdowns on first three offensive drives. Most of that can on the play of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham had a tremendous game, having 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The biggest catch though for Beckham in the game, came in the 2nd quarter when he made an unbelievable one hand catch for a touchdown to give the Giants a 14-3 to lead at the time.
“He’s got a gift, there’s no doubt,” Coughlin said about his rookie wide out remarkable catch. “I’ve seen him make a lot of one-handed catches, to be honest with you. But none falling down like that, going away and being able to snatch the ball like that and then stay in bounds after being fouled. That was quite a thing, too. It gave us a great spark and it does that when people make plays like that. It excites the sideline and the team gets excited about it and we were.”
That wasn’t the only thing Coughlin had to say about Beckham, later saying that Beckham “(The future is) bright, I think. He’s got all the tools.” Even with Beckham’s great performance, the Giants were still unable to hold on to their lead and lose to the Cowboys. On his team being eliminated from playoff contention and what the Giants need to work on to win next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coughlin said “I didn’t think about that. I didn’t think about that at all. Right now we’re trying to win a game.”
With the loss, the Giants dropped to 3-8 on the season and for the second straight season will not finish with a winning record. The Giants are also 1-7 against teams with a winning record this season and for the second straight season were swepped by the Cowboys in their divisional two games series.