The New York Giants dominated the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half of their game this past week but found a way to blow a 16-point lead in the second half as they fell to the Eagles. Today, we look at the New York Giants playoff chances.
After the game, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who finished with five catches for 85 yards, was asked how the team managed only 62 passing yards in the second half.
“Honestly, that is a question for Coach [Giants coach Pat Shurmur],” Beckham said. “That is not really my kind of question. I don’t call the plays. I just do what I’m told to do and go out there and execute. Whenever I get an opportunity to do something, I try to make the most of it. If I don’t have that many opportunities all I can do is do what I can when I do have an opportunity. That is more a question for Coach.”
“Coming in, knowing that they’ve struggled in the secondary, personally, I would’ve loved to attack them. But it wasn’t in our game plan.”
New York Giants Playoff Chances
The Eagles went into the game without four of their top five cornerbacks, who sat out the game with injuries. The cornerbacks who played against the Giants weren’t even on the team’s active roster a month ago.
Interestingly, the Giants had a lot of success throwing the ball in the first half, with Eli Manning finishing the half with 236 yards and one touchdown.
However, the team went with a conservative approach in the second half and threw the ball only 12 times. After the game, Shurmur said he wasn’t frustrated about the team failing to move the ball through the air in the second half.
“I’m not frustrated. We could have,” Shurmur said. “I just mentioned it. It was the story of the second half, especially early. We weren’t making the yards that we need on the plays that we called. And we had penalties that knocked us off. So then you get away from the stuff that you certainly would like to do. And that’s the deal.”