Nicholas Alfonse 1/4/10
It’s difficult to describe the reaction most people experienced while watching the New York Giants’ final performance of the season. Granted, they were eliminated from playoff contention, but the Minnesota Vikings still had something to play for. Most fans would like to believe that the team wanted to make a strong effort following their embarrassing closing of Giants Stadium last week. Unfortunately, we thought wrong.
Once again, the Giants looked completely inept on every side of the ball as the Vikings put up 31 points and 343 yards of offense in the first half. Brett Farve was literally faking the Giant defenders out of their cleats, as he carved up the secondary with ease. It was shocking to see a once proud and feared defense look so visibly confused and defeated as they closed out a disappointing season.
There were a number of plays that seemed to highlight the complete lack of effort and intensity on the Giant’s part. On a long pass play to Sidney Rice, the defensive line was unable to put any sort of pressure on the quarterback, while the receiver was still able to make the catch in double coverage. Earlier in the game, Kevin Dockery had another pass go right over his head to Bernard Berrian while his back was turned, completely unaware of the ball’s location. Anyone watching this game would have a difficult time believing they were seeing a 40-year-old quarterback throw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns.
From the moment the offense was on the field, everything appeared out of sync. They were clearly bothered by the crowd noise in the dome, as Eli was forced to call a timeout during the first possession. This clearly was not a positive sign of things to come. Brandon Jacobs was kept out of the game with another knee injury, as the rushing attack suffered and was held to a total of 35 yards. Minus one 26 yard pass play to Ahmad Bradshaw, its tough to think of one decent play made by anyone on the team in the first half.
Giants fans will certainly be looking for answers following this latest debacle, and an apology from Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning is not going to satisfy the incensed New York fan base. Wildcard weekend can’t get here soon enough, as we all need something entertaining to take our minds off this horrendous finish.