Second chances. They are not guaranteed, so they need to be utilized whenever they arrive.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning were right in trying to turn the page the day after last Sunday’s devastating collapse against Philadelphia. Sure, the Eagles made like an iceberg and busted a hole in the bottom of the Giants’ ship, but this doesn’t mean it has to sink like the Titanic.
The Giants have a golden opportunity, thanks to their hard-earned 9-5 record – go on the road and beat the Green Bay Packers to make the playoffs. Anything less and Coughlin’s team is greasing the skids to the end of its season, giving the Packers a second chance to punch a fatal hole into the Giants’ underbelly the following weekend.
So how well will the Giants respond? The only evidence we have to go on with this group is that they’ve twice lost back-to-back games, putting their season on the verge of slipping away. And this is no exaggeration – the playoff picture indicates a 10-win team may be left out of the NFC playoffs – a three-game skid in either instance may already have taken the Giants’ postseason hopes out of their hands. But in both cases, the Giants stood tall and bailed out the water against quality opponents – with physical victories over Chicago, first, and then Jacksonville (with a dramatic second-half comeback).
The Giants are saying they can make this right, just as they did before. Here are three matchups that likely will determine if they are able to get it done: