The Giants had this win in the bag, until they choked
The New York Giants played a great game against the Philadelphia Eagles, until the final few minutes. Here are my takeaways from Big Blue’s crushing loss.
Giants missed Sterling Shepard
Shepard had a big night for the Giants and was a huge part of them coming so close to winning. Their offense looked much more efficient with him on the field and he made some big plays that likely wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t playing. Shepard finished with six receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown.
Daniel Jones isn’t bad
I know this season hasn’t been great for Jones, but he played very well. He completed 20-30 passed for 187 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 94 yards on four carries. Yes, him stumbling and falling on the long run was bad, but he didn’t do much to hurt the Giants. He elevated his game to help them get a win, but as a team they couldn’t pull it off.
Wayne Gallman needs more carries
Gallman played very well when Devonta Freeman went down with an ankle injury and helped move the chains. The Giants look to be in good hands if Freeman has to miss some time, but even when he comes back Gallman deserves more carries.
Division title hopes are over
This was a game the Giants had to win in order to have a chance at winning the woeful NFC East, but they blew it. Even though they technically still have a chance, being 1-2 in the division doesn’t help and their schedule gets rough down the stretch.
They choked as a team
Between Giants’ tight end Evan Engram dropping a beautiful pass from Daniel Jones that would have put the game away, to the Giants’ defense racking up dumb penalties during the Eagles’ final two drives, they choked and deserved to lose. Oh yeah and safety Jabrill Peppers shouldn’t have allowed that touchdown reception by Boston Scott.