Capping off a dreadful second half of the NFL season, the Giants fell to the playoff bound Minnesota Vikings in a 44-7 blowout to cap off one of the most disappointing Big Blue seasons.
The Giants entered the year as one of the favorites to go all the way and only increased expectations as they began the season 5-0 only to go a mere 3-8 for the rest of the season.
Big Blue had nothing to play for in the Vikings game because they had already been knocked out of playoff contention in an embarrassing blowout loss to the Carolina Panthers the week before and certainly looked as though they were only there in body, not spirit.
Eli Manning threw for 171 yards and an interception while also losing a fumble, the story of Manning’s season.
The Giants’ rushing game was equally terrible, largely because the offense didn’t get to stay on the field much as the Vikings had the ball 13 minutes more than the Giants. In total, Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware combined for a mere 12 carries for 35 yards, though Ware did score the only Giants points of the game.
On the flip side, Brett Favre refused to rest for the playoffs until very late in the game and single-handedly picked apart the Giants as he threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns to cap off a phenomenal season that has gotten him into the playoffs once again.
The blowout loss is nothing new for the Giants and their fans. Throughout their final year at the old Giants Stadium, the defense failed to show up in most games while Manning’s and other players’ mistakes cost them dearly.
The Giants finished the year ranked 8th in total offense but finished with 24 turnovers, most of which came in the second half of the season. It certainly didn’t help that their defense, once the Giants’ biggest strength, never showed up. The Giants finished 30th in points allowed, finishing only ahead of the 1-15 St. Louis Rams and 2-14 Detroit Lions.