NY Giants playoff hopes suffer big blow after dropping critical game to Baltimore Ravens
Giants NY Giants playoff hopes suffer big blow after dropping critical game to Baltimore Ravens, who clinch AFC North title RAVENS 33, GIANTS 14: Suddenly, the champs are playoff longshots, and missing the postseason isn't merely possible, it's likely. In order for the Giants to make the playoffs, they'll need to beat the Eagles next Sunday and hope that the Cowboys and a handful of other NFC clubs (including the Bears and Vikings) also lose. By Ebenezer Samuel / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:43 PM Updated: Monday, December 24, 2012, 1:40 AM
Instead of winning on Sunday, in their most critical game of a season gone mad, they delivered the most inexplicable performance of the year. The Giants stepped onto the field armed with the knowledge that they needed to win their final two games of the season to clinch a playoff berth.
They left with a 34 13 blowout loss to the Ravens that shattered their already fragile confidence, left their coach nearly speechless and all but eliminated them from a postseason that they don't even believe they belong in.
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"Do we deserve it by the way we played? Do we?" defensive end Jason Pierre Paul said. "I don't think so, man. We went out there and p on our legs. That's really all I can say."
The defending Super Bowl champions are now playoff longshots after turning in a second straight listless performance and their fifth setback in seven games, and several players sounded ready to concede the season.
Tailback Ahmad Bradshaw said the Giants are "playing for pride" next Sunday against the Eagles, and JPP added that "we've got just one more game to play, and we're going to play it out.
"Try to get the win," Pierre Paul said, "try to get 9 7, it's better than 8 8."
They can still make the playoffs; they'll need a win over the Eagles, a loss or tie by the Cowboys and losses by the Bears and Vikings. But if that Ryan Clady Women's Jersey unlikely scenario doesn't work out, the Giants (8 7) will go the way of the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers, the last team to miss the playoffs the season after winning the Super Bowl. And it would be the third such time in Big Blue's history. Yet the defending champs are ready for their fate.
They certainly didn't show any pride Sunday. Baltimore entered with a struggling offense and three straight losses. But by halftime, the Ravens had built a 24 7 lead, thanks to two TD passes and one touchdown run from QB Joe Flacco, and they were well on their way to clinching the AFC North title.
For the second straight week, the Giants didn't fight back. While the defense was surrendering 533 total yards to the Ravens (a season high for Baltimore), the Eli Manning led offense turned punchless again, managing just 186 total yards and scoring only once (David Wilson's 14 yard TD run in the first quarter) when the game was within reach.
"We wanted to come into this game and at least put up a fight and get some points," Victor Cruz said, hardly sounding like a receiver who expected to win. "Get some momentum, get things going into the right direction. But unfortunately, we couldn't do that today."
All of this from a Giants http://www.footballbroncosprostore.com/broncos-ryan-clady-jersey-c-34.html squad that once lorded over the NFC East with a 6 2 record, and made it look so easy. But now, that team is searching for answers. How is the same Giants team that demolished the playoff bound 49ers and Packers destined to watch the playoffs on TV? How can the offense that fought back from so many deficits last season get outscored 67 14 the last two weeks?
"There's obviously something missing here," said safety Antrel Rolle. "This is not who we are. This is not our team. But it's the team we displayed two weeks in a row now."
"A team like this, with so much talent and so much ability on both sides of the ball, it's kind of difficult to explain," added Cruz. "Coming into a game like this and not putting up points, and not being able to Peyton Manning Women's Jersey stop them, it's disappointing."
Several players suggested the team was waiting for a "spark" over the last few weeks.
But that spark never came, and the champions' confidence gradually eroded.
"We weren't able to get it done," Tom Coughlin said. "We don't have momentum going. and we're not a very confident group right now. It's one of those things in any profession that you have to earn confidence."
The only thing the Giants earned Sunday: a long offseason.
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