Giants: Too many mistakes, and chances

<b>What went right</b> <br>New York's second TD was set up by another huge play by Gibril Wilson, who stripped Bears QB Craig Krenzel, with Osi Umenyiora recovering.

Two plays later, Tiki Barber ran it in from one yard out. Wilson continues his solid play; he had a team-high nine tackles.

Jeremy Shockey and Ike Hilliard both made impacts offensively. Shockey had a game-high six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Hilliard grabbed six balls for 38 yards.

New York got to Krenzel often, posting five sacks. Fred Robbins had a pair, while Wilson, Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan also brought him down.

Bears DE Michael Haynes tried his best to keep New York in the game. Haynes was flagged for roughing Kurt Warner after he released an incomplete fourth down pass late in the fourth quarter.

Jack Brewer recovered Steve Christie's desperation onsides kick.

The Giants didn't give the ball to Ron Dayne in a short-yardage situation. Dayne was brought in for one play - a third-and-one - but New York ran play-action instead.

What went wrong
The Bears scored 20 points during a 5:13 stretch to end the second quarter. The Giants went from comfortably ahead 14-0 to trailing 20-14 at the half.

New York unbelievably committed turnovers on three successive plays in the second quarter. After Ike Hilliard fumbled, Warner was picked off on consecutive plays.

Big Blue converted only once on 17 combined third- and fourth-down opportunities.

The Giants handed the Bears a first down on a second-and-37 situation when Gibril Wilson was called for defensive holding. The 5-yard penalty carried with it an automatic first down.

The Giants squandered a chance to increase their 14-0 lead late in the first quarter. First, Amani Toomer was called for holding, which negated a Tiki Barber touchdown run. Then a scrambling Kurt Warner lost the ball when he was hit by Jerry Azumah.

New York was flagged for a whopping 14 penalties for 109 yards.

Fast facts
  • Giants record: 5-3
  • This time last year: 4-4
  • Time of game: 3:27
  • Attendance: 78,786

Stat worth noting: The Giants had six opportunities to convert either a third-and-one or fourth-and-one. They were successful only once. A week after New York appeared to have solved its short-yardage woes in Minnesota, they were right back at it.

Stat worth noting II: The Giants' longest play of the game was a 28-yard Kurt Warner pass to Tiki Barber. The Bears had four plays that went for at least 28 yards, including Anthony Thomas' backbreaking 41-yard TD run.

Turning point: The Giants held what appeared to be a very comfortable 14-0 lead with 5:27 to play in the first half. The Bears had just gained 28 yards on a Craig Krenzel pass to David Terrell. But the Giants still were in control, right? Wrong. On the next play, Krenzel uncorked a perfect pass down the right sideline that Bernard Berrian turned into a 35-yard touchdown and Chicago's first points of the game. Will Allen, who's played very well of late, had pretty good coverage. But he lost the ball in the lights and was unable to prevent Berrian from collecting the pass and staying in bounds.

Play to remember: Even though they couldn't capitalize on it, the Giants executed a perfect onsides kick late in the fourth quarter. Steve Christie banged a bouncing kick off the hands of one of the Bears and Jack Brewer was in position to fall on the ball.

Play to forget: With the Bears having just taken a 17-14 lead, Willie Ponder appeared to have turned the momentum back in New York's favor. However, his 86-yard kickoff return was negated by a holding call on LB Kevin Lewis. After the game, Lewis did not question the officials, but replays showed the call to be questionable at best.

By the numbers

  • 4: Number of times Kurt Warner has lost a fumble this year, including a momentum-changing cough-up in the second quarter.
  • 12: Times Warner has fumbled this season.
  • 22: Warner's first-half QB rating when he was mostly responsible for frittering away New York's 14-0 lead.
  • 33: Ridiculously high amount of times that Warner has been sacked this season.

What they said
"Any time you turn the ball over five times, you really don't have a chance to win. The defense could only bail out the offense so many times. That is basically the story of the game." - Giants FB Jim Finn

"It was a complete effort by the defense. We went out and spotted them 14 and then finally woke up and started to get some turnovers." - Bears CB Nathan Vasher


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