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Giants fans let down with repeat late-season collapse

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Another year full of hope has ended with crushing disappointment for the Giants.

Minutes before the Giants beat Washington 17-14 yesterday, their playoff hopes died when Chicago, whom they needed to beat Green Bay to make the playoffs, lost 10-3.

John Fennelly, editor of Giants Football Blog, said the team did it to itself following a 6-2 start.

“There were five quarters that defined the season — the fourth quarter against Philadelphia and the entire Green Bay game,” he said.

Against Philly they blew a 28-point lead, only to get blown out by the Packers 45-17 the next week.

“It’s been a gradual erosion over the past few weeks,” Fennelly added.

Some fans said this was a nightmare that’s all too familiar.

“It’s been three straight years of collapse in the second half,” said Chris Batista, 38, of Woodhaven. “There’s only one thing to blame: ourselves.”

The Giants' playoff dreams evaporated by going 4-4 in the second half of the season.

“Yesterday’s win is bittersweet,” said Matt Loede of blog NFL Gridiron Gab. “It’s disappointing to have ended the season this way.”

Following the victory, reports said coach Tom Coughlin would be back next year, after speculation that the meltdown would cost him his job.

“The organization would be going backward if they got rid of Coughlin,” Loede said. “They wouldn’t gain a lot from getting rid of him."

But some fans say it’s time for someone new.

“Tom Coughlin’s a great coach, but they gotta be able to finish the season the same way they start it,” said Joe Kaufmann, 34, of Woodside. “There needs to be a change of culture there."

Last year, the Giants missed the playoffs after a 5-0 start.

Still, Loede said he likes the Giants’ chances next year.

“Not making the playoffs isn’t always the worst thing in the world,” he said. “They’ll come out better and more determined.”

(with Rob Levin)

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