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Giants’ grades

Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants runs

Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Jan. 3, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

Offense: C

The Giants finally got their running game going with Rashad Jennings breaking out for 170 yards and a touchdown. But even with that production, the play-action was not there for deep passes. Eli Manning completed just one pass longer than 24 yards and his top two targets were non-receivers (RB Shane Vereen and TE Will Tye, both with 8). Getting the ball at the 20 with 1:43 left and no timeouts, the Giants couldn’t even get past midfield to threaten a game-winning drive.

Defense: F

If reincarnation exists, I want to come back as a tight end playing against this Giants defense. Zach Ertz caught 9 passes for 152 yards to lead this week’s assault on the seam of the defensive backfield. The Eagles converted 10 of 13 third down attempts and were 3-for-3 scoring TDs in the red zone. The Giants did manage to get the ball back late in the game with a respectable amount of time remaining, but the 13-play, 91-yard drive they allowed earlier in the fourth quarter that put Philadelphia up 35-27 was a back-breaker.

Special Teams: A

Brad Wing put all three of his punts inside the 10, two of them downed by Jayron Hosley inside the 5. That helped the Giants’ field position game. Wing also handled a few errant snaps from newly-signed Tyler Ott, the team’s third long-snapper this season. Josh Brown connected on three field goals, including a 48-yarder. The one kickoff the Eagles returned was for just 15 yards.

Coaching: C

If that goes down as Tom Coughlin’s final challenge, it was a lousy one. He tried to overturn a ruling that DeMarco Murray was down before he fumbled even though replays clearly showed he would fail. Coughlin opted for a field goal down by 8 with 4:30 left, leaving the game in the hands of his defense. In a game in which neither team was playoff-bound, there were some short-yardage fourth-downs Coughlin probably should have attempted rather than punting.

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