Big Blue loses turnover battle 5-0 to Patriots

The Giants' season can best be defined as a broken record that's stuck on turnovers. Once again, they lost the all-important battle. And if they don't fix their mistakes, they may lose the season's war as well. This time, they were shut out by a score of 5-0.<BR><BR>

"Most games in this league are lost, not won," RB Tiki Barber said. "We're making too many mistakes."

And the statistics are there to back Barber up. Of the last 75 teams to lose the turnover battle by at least a minus-three ratio, 70 of them have lost the game. Just imagine what happens when you lose by five. For the record, the Giants are now minus-eight for the season.

"You can't have a lot of turnovers and not get any and think you're going to win on the road," Jim Fassel said. "We have always been a good turnover team, but not now. When it rains it pours. We wouldn't be 2-3 (record) right now if we didn't have this negative turnover ratio." The first of the Giants five turnovers came no sooner than their first play from scrimmage, when QB Kerry Collins threw his first of four interceptions on the day. His pass intended for WR Ike Hilliard was tipped at the line by Patriots DT Richard Seymour, only to be intercepted by RCB Tyrone Poole who returned it 13 yards to the Giants 28-yard line. "Turnovers. That's what's killing us right now," Hilliard said. "The bottom line is the turnover ratio. It's killing us as a football team." The Giants however remained unscathed, as Patriots K Adam Vinatieri's 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.

But luck wasn't on the Giants' side for much longer. Two plays into their next offensive possession from their own 42-yard line, Poole once again showed his presence around the football. He forced a Barber fumble that resulted in a 38-yard touchdown return by Patriots OLB Matt Chatham.

"Their defense outscored us," SS Shaun Williams said. "It's a team sport. Their defense had turnovers and we didn't get any. That's the way we can help our team win games. So we have to look at what we can do as a defense to get more turnovers."

With the Giants trailing 7-3 late in the second quarter, Collins threw his second interception of the game on a third-and-9 from the Patriots 22-yard line. Safety Rodney Harrison hauled in the pass intended for TE Jeremy Shockey after it was tipped again at the line by none other than Seymour.

Let's now fast forward to the second half and replay this broken record. Who? Collins. What? An interception. When? 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. Where? New England's 26-yard line. Why??? "Some have been careless, and some just bad luck," Collins said. "But we can't play scared. We have to figure out what's going on and stop it."

Collins' fourth and final interception, which tied his career high for interceptions in a game, came in desperation as this broken record skipped ahead and this battle came to an end.

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