After Loss, Giants Fall Out of Playoff Standings

Manning Fumbles Away The Game

Manning Fumbles Away The Game

With a record of 7-5, the Giants were hoping to take down division rival, the 8-4 Eagles, at home and tie for the division lead. No such luck.

After losing to Philadelphia on Sunday night, the Giants have found themselves in third place in the NFC East and out of the Wild Card slots.

It was a tough loss as the Giants offense played a nearly flawless game but got killed by a lost fumble that resulted in an Eagles fumble return touchdown in the first quarter and a 72-yard punt return touchdown by star wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the second quarter.

The Giants looked as good as they have at any point this season. Eli Manning had one of the best games of his career as he completed 27 of 38 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The Giants running game looked great too as Brandon Jacobs ran 15 times for 60 yards and a touchdown while Ahmad Bradshaw added 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown.

So what happened? The Giants got crushed in the turnover battle.

Big Blue had five fumbles in the game and lost four of them, two by Manning, one by Jacobs, and one by receiver Domenik Hixon.

The loss put the Giants out of the playoff standings.

The Eagles currently lead the NFC East with a 9-4 record (2 games ahead of the Giants) and the Cowboys are second after losing to the Chargers (one game ahead of the Giants).

At the same time, the Giants are behind the 8-4 Cowboys and 9-4 Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card standings meaning that if the season ended today the Giants would be playing golf.

With three games to go, the Giants will face the 4-9 Redskins, 5-8 Panthers, and 11-2 Vikings.

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