Giant Choke Job
The Giants had a 31-10 lead over the Eagles with only 8:17 left in the game. It was all downhill from there for the G-Men.The simple question is: How, in the world, did the Giants blow a lead like this against the Eagles? The simple answer is: An onside kick, Vick, and the Giants didn’t Dodge DeSean.
Michael Vick hooked up with tight end Brent Celek for a 65-yard touchdown to cut the Giants’ lead to 31-17. After recovering an onside kick, Vick scored on a 4-yard rush to cut the lead to 31-24. Vick also had a 35-yard rush on the same drive.
After the Eagles’ defense stopped the Giants, Vick led an 88-yard game-tying drive. Vick rushed for 55 yards on the drive, and eventually threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.
With 1:16 left, the Giants offense went 3-and-out. With only :14 seconds to go, Giants’ punter Matt Dodge made the unforgivable mistake of punting to the dangerous DeSean Jackson instead of kicking the ball out of bounds. 65 yards later, DeSean Jackson was dancing in the end zone after capping off an unbelievable comeback win.
It doesn’t take long for things to change drastically in the NFL. Michael Vick now has a great chance to be named NFL MVP. Tom Coughlin’s job security is looking very unsecure. Coughlin only has one-year remaining on his contract, and we’re starting to hear Bill Cowher’s name mentioned with the Giants possible head coaching vacancy ad nauseum.
The Eagles are now the #2 seed in the NFC, while the Giants are clinging onto their playoff lives. The Giants will face the dangerous Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field next week with major playoff implications involved. Bottom line — this loss for the Giants is ENORMOUS.