It was the same exact ending that has haunted the New York Giants all season long. Blowing a fourth quarter lead and losing a heartbreaking game, this time to their cross-town rivals the New York Jets.
“Difficult game to even bring your team up after the game,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on the loss. “Didn’t finish. Didn’t finish.”
The Giants were up 20-10 in the fourth quarter but like they have been doing all seen long, they gave up the lead and then lost the game in overtime to the Jets, 23-20.
Quarterback Eli Manning threw a costly interception in the end zone for the second straight week and the defense could not stop the Jets offense from moving down throughout the entire fourth quarter and overtime.
Most though would tell you that , those weren’t the the Giants lost game.
The reason was in most Giants fans eyes, the decision Coughlin made to go for it on 4th and 2 early, instead of taking the field goal, early on in the fourth quarter.
The Giants would have gone up by 13 with the field, but Manning would throw a pick in the end zone and the Jets would remain being down only 10. That would allow the Jets to only need to get one touchdown and field goal to tie the game, instead having to score two scores if they were down 13.
“I thought that that was the play at the time. I still do,” Coughlin said on his decision to go for it on 4th and 2. “If we scored there and fourth and two, then we push the score up to where maybe they can’t beat us with whatever. So we’re up 17. I stand by it.”
You can go either way with Coughlin’s decision to go for it. Like he said, if the Giants covert and score a touchdown, the game is basically over with it being a three score game.
In that position though up ten, you have to take the points and have faith in your defense that they not allow two touchdowns.
It is possible that the Jets could have scored two touchdowns there, because of the way the moved the ball down the field, so really the Giants defense needed to step up and get a stop. I mean they barely played in the third quarter, so they were well rested. No real excuse for them to allow a cold Jets offense to drive down the field on them and tie the game.
At the end of the day, the Giants again couldn’t finish a game on offense or defense and now have to pray that the Washington Redskins lose on Monday night to the Dallas Cowboys, to remain tied with them for first in the division.
"We’ve been in position to win games and we haven’t won,” Coughlin said. “We’ve got to find a way to finish a game.”