The Giants are 0-6, and they didn't get here by accident. Here are the 10 worst plays that helped put them in the biggest hole to start a season in nearly 40 years, ranked in order, by Newsday's Giants beat writer Tom Rock.
10. Where do you start the list? At the beginning, of course. The first play of the season set the tone for the coming weeks of miscues and turnovers as Eli Manning’s first snap was intercepted by DeMarcus Ware on a failed screen pass to David Wilson in Dallas. |
9. The Giants had momentum on their side after an Aaron Ross interception in the first quarter against the Panthers in Week 3. And they looked to tie the score at 7 on a 17-yard David Wilson TD run. But it was called back on a holding penalty against Will Beatty and the Giants had to settle for a 38-yard field goal attempt . . . which they missed. |
8. Ryan Mundy picked off a Tony Romo pass and returned it 91 yards, about as far as you can go without reaching the end zone. That set up first-and-goal from the 1 for the offense, and they couldn’t punch it in. Again, a precursor of not taking advantage of takeaways. All of the signs were there in the opener. |
7. In Week 2, the Giants had a chance to take a second-half lead against the best team in football. Trailing the Broncos, 17-16, late in the third quarter, Prince Amukamara forced a fumble that was heading right into the arms of Ryan Mundy. Only Mark Herzlich got in the way, bobbled the ball, and the Broncos recovered it. They went on to score a touchdown and the next 21 points to turn the game into a blowout. |
6. Eli Manning tried to hit Rueben Randle on the right sideline early against the Bears in Week 6, but the two players were on different wavelengths and Manning’s pass was picked off by Tim Jennings and returned 48 yards for a touchdown. The Giants wound up losing by six points. | WATCH THE PLAY |
5. A play that showed how bad the Giants would be at stopping momentum when the other team had it: Trindon Holliday fields a poor Steve Weatherford punt on a bounce and returns it 88 yards for a touchdown that ices the Broncos’ win early in the fourth quarter and caps a 21-0 outburst by Denver in just over five minutes of play. |
4. On an everything-that-could-go-wrong play, Eli Manning was pressured from behind, had his helmet yanked, threw the ball into the back of his center’s head, and had it deflect into the arms of Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks. One play later in that Week 5 game, the Eagles scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from their backup quarterback and the Giants went from trailing 22-21 to trailing 29-21. | WATCH THE PLAY |
3. Without any faith in the offense to convert a fourth-and-1 from their own 30 in a three-point game, the Giants punt and the Chiefs’ Dexter McCluster returns it 88 yards for a touchdown that sucks the life out of the team in Week 4. At least six players had a chance to tackle McCluster before he reached the end zone and, to add insult to injury, performed a salsa dance as celebration. |
2. The Giants were driving for the game-winning touchdown against the Bears when Eli Manning threw a seam pass to Brandon Myers that went off his hands and was intercepted by Tim Jennings. The pass was high but catchable, and with less that two minutes left in the game the Giants never got the ball back. | WATCH THE PLAY |
1. We start at the beginning and end at the beginning. Perhaps no play better exemplifies the Giants’ season of woe than the interception Eli Manning threw that bounced off the shoulder of running back Da’Rel Scott (who was in because David Wilson was benched for two earlier fumbles) and to Brandon Carr who returned it for a touchdown with 1:50 left. The Giants trailed 30-24 and were driving, but wound up losing the opener.