What was Prince Amukamara thinking about as he prepared to play what might be his final home game for the Giants?
A lot. “Driving up here, it was definitely in my head,” the free agent-to-be cornerback said after Sunday’s 35-30 loss to the Eagles. “There was a lot of stuff I wanted to do, whether it was go to someone’s tailgate and say ‘What’s up?’ or do a lap around the field and say ‘What’s up?’ to the fans.”
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Did he do any of that?
No. “Not winning this game put a bad taste in my mouth,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to block it out, but being the realist that I am, those things popped into my head.”
How did Odell Beckham Jr. do in his first post-suspension game?
He was relatively quiet, both in terms of production and drama. He caught five passes for 54 yards and did not score a touchdown for the first time since Week 9 (at least in the games he played in). That was enough, however, for him to surpass Randy Moss for the NFL record for most receiving yards in a player’s first two seasons (2,755). He did not address the media after the game.
How did the Giants manage with only two healthy safeties on the active roster?
Not well. Brandon Meriweather left the game with a knee injury in the third quarter, which meant the team had to move cornerbacks to the position. First Trumaine McBride took over, but he left with a concussion. That left Trevin Wade to play the position. Safeties Craig Dahl and Cooper Taylor, sidelined with concussions, were ruled out earlier in the week.
If this is it for Tom Coughlin, where does he stand historically?
In 20 NFL seasons, Coughlin is 182-156, including the postseason. His 12-year regular-season record with the Giants is 102-90. The Giants won two NFC East titles and a pair of Super Bowls during his tenure.
Had the Giants won on Sunday, Coughlin would have matched his mentor, Hall of Famer Bill Parcells, for 10th place on the all-time victories list with 183. He is short of matching the regular-season win total of Parcells, who won 172 times. Coughlin and Mike Shanahan have 170 wins each, which is tied for 11th. Only Hall of Famer Steve Owen (153) won more games with the Giants than Coughlin. Owen coached for 23 seasons, from 1931-1953.
Did the Giants’ defense finish last in the NFL?
Yes it did, allowing a franchise-record 420.3 yards per game. The 6,725 yards allowed shattered the previous Giants worst of 6,134 set in 2012. The Giants allowed 442 points, the second-highest total in franchise history (501 in 1966). In their last three games, the Giants gave up 122 points, the highest three-game total allowed by the team in its history. On the bright side, they allowed only 298.9 passing yards per game, which did not exceed the NFL record of 299.7 set by the 2011 Packers.
What does finishing 6-10 mean for the Giants?
For one thing, it means they will play the Rams in London next season. That game is scheduled for Week 7, which also means the Giants will have their bye in Week 8. The other missing piece in their list of 2016 opponents also was put in place: The Saints will play at MetLife Stadium. As for the draft, the Giants will select 10th this spring.