Rough day at office for Manning

For those who thought Eli Manning hit rock bottom last year in Baltimore, think again. Manning's numbers against the Vikings didn't even begin to display exactly how poorly he played. Manning completed 23-of-48 passes for 291 yards, but threw four interceptions against just one TD.

"Interceptions, bad decisions, some bad throws and I just had too many mistakes," Manning said. "I couldn't get things going. I had some batted balls, interceptions, an interception returned for a touchdown. You can't expect to win games when you have four turnovers like that. We have to figure out how to get going again and I have to start playing better football."

His coach agreed, saying only of his second-year QB, "it wasn't a good game."

By far Manning's worst pass, which put the Giants in an early hole, was the INT he threw that Vikings safety Darren Sharper returned 92 yards for a score.

"I should have known that he likes to rob on the double slant so he didn't get too deep and just saw it coming," Manning said. "I should have seen it coming and gone to the other side but it was just a mistake by me."

"I saw a three-step drop by Eli and just basically took off to the route," Sharper explained. "He threw it and I was just happy that I held on to it and then there was just clear sailing. He had an angle and I saw him with his head down running. I saw that he wasn't even looking at me so I cut back and then I just outran him. I just jumped the route."

In typical Manning fashion, the calm, cool, collected signal-caller took his awful day mostly in stride.

"I understand that I am going to have bad games, they are a part of football, but obviously it doesn't make it any easier," he said. "You don't want to go in there and do that and play that way. I have a lot to learn. I am still young and I am going to make mistakes but I can't make that many mistakes in a game and hurt this team.

"Obviously I am not where I need to be as a quarterback and as a player but I am learning and trying to play smart football to put us in a position to win games. Throwing four interceptions is not a good way to play smart football."

Ailing owner: The Giants continued to get bad news on the health of owner Bob Tisch. The day before the game, Tisch, who is battling brain cancer, received visits at his Manhattan home from Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, Ernie Accorsi and Tom Coughlin. John Mara visited Tisch after Sunday's loss.

Tisch's two sons – executive VP Steve and treasurer Jonathan – addressed the team after Saturday's practice.

"I wanted to express to the players, the coaches, and really the whole staff what being involved with the New York Giants has meant to my father," Steve Tisch said. "For the 14 years he's had the privilege of owning the team, it's been the greatest gift for him, professionally and personally."

Coughlin refused to use the poor health status of the 79-year-old Tisch as an excuse.

"Well, first of all, we are very sad with Mr. Tisch's health situation and we have been hoping beyond hope that things would get better, and I received word coming off the field Friday night that it was not the case, that he was, in fact, very, very ill," Coughlin said. "Just as I wanted the team to be aware in the situation with Mr. Mara, I told the team on Saturday morning. But, that is no excuse for what happened out there today. I wouldn't go there."

Super D: The Giants defense did not allow a touchdown for the third consecutive game. The unit has not surrendered a touchdown in more than 13 quarters, covering 208:26 in playing time. The defense has not allowed a touchdown in 46 consecutive opponent possessions.

Hold the ball: The Giants had five turnovers, including a career-high four interceptions by Eli Manning, who had never thrown more than two picks in his professional career. He had thrown only three interceptions in the previous seven games. The five turnovers were the Giants' highest total since they lost the ball six times at Baltimore on Dec. 12, 2004.

Unhappy returns: Before Koren Robinson, the last player to return a kickoff for a touchdown against the Giants was also a Viking, and he also did it in Giants Stadium. Moe Williams, who is still on the team but was inactive, brought one back 85 yards on Dec. 26, 1999.

Mewelde Moore's score was the first punt return touchdown allowed by the Giants since Oct. 19, 2003, when Brian Westbrook's 84-yard return in the fourth quarter gave Philadelphia a 14-10 victory over the Giants.

Quick kicks:

Osi Umenyiora had two sacks and now has a career and team-high eight sacks this season. Michael Strahan is second with 7.5…

The Vikings rushed for only 12 yards, the lowest total by a Giants opponent since New Orleans ran for 11 yards on Dec. 20, 1993…

Chad Morton's 55-yard punt return was the longest of his career.

Haymakers? The only light TGI can shed on the fines handed out to cornerbacks Curtis Deloatch and Frank Walker are that the two got in at least one physical confrontation on the practice field last week. Each player, reportedly, was fined $10,000 as a result. Needless to say, neither player after the game was willing to comment on the situation.

Willie Joe shelved: With the exception of his early foolish roughing-the-passer penalty, DT William Joseph played very well against Minnesota. That was until he dislocated his elbow late in the game, and was lost for an indefinite period of time. After the game, Joseph had his left arm in a sling and was clearly limited using the arm.

Dropsies: While Eli Manning had his struggles, he wasn't exactly getting a whole bunch of help from his receivers. Tim Carter, Jamaar Taylor, Visanthe Shiancoe and Plaxico Burress were all guilty of blatant drops. Additionally, Amani Toomer failed to handle a pass that was intercepted by Darren Sharper.

Quote of the Game: "We let one slip away – that's how we're going to have to look at it for the rest of the year." – Giants LB Nick Greisen

Inactives: The Giants walking wounded list continued to grow, as CB Will Peterson (back), S Shaun Williams (hamstring), LB Carlos Emmons (pectoral muscle), WR David Tyree (elbow), DE Justin Tuck (ankle) and DT Kenderick Allen (quad) all missed the game due to injury. G Rich Seubert was the lone healthy scratch, and Jared Lorenzen was the third quarterback.

Next up: The Giants remain home to host the Eagles, who will be coming off their Monday Night Football matchup with the Cowboys. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. If the Giants can capture that game, they'll join the Bears and Packers as the NFL's only teams with 600 total victories.

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