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Need to know: The Giants collapsed in the fourth quarter as special teams, turnovers and dropped balls turned a 14-13 lead into a 25-14 loss. The Giants allowed Ted Ginn Jr. to return a punt 71-yard for a touchdown in the fourth quarter started by a missed tackle right after the catch. On the ensuing kickoff, Quintin Demps fumbled the ball leading to a Cardinals field goal. The Giants had five drops of Eli Manning passes and on a potential game-winning drive, Rashad Jennings slipped in the flat after a reception and fumbled the ball when he hit the ground. The Giants had four turnovers in the game. Manning, who was at one time 19 of 23 passing with two touchdowns, finished with 277 yards passing on 26 of 39 passing. The Cardinals started Drew Stanton, who hadn't throw a pass since 2010, and he was 15 of 29 for 167 yards, but no turnovers.
Links: AP recap | Box score
What's Next: The Giants will host the Texans on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The opportunities were there for the Giants to take advantage of against a team that was without several key players. They just couldn't, however, with all the miscues, penalties and turnovers. The Zack Bowman missed tackle on the punt return that sprung Ginn for the eventual winning score and the Jennings fumble killed whatever chances they had to pull this one out.
Yes, they looked better than they did last week, but that isn't saying much. The objective this week was to get the passing game going and Eli Manning did everything in his power to make that work, but his receivers weren't quite ready to meet him halfway.
WR Victor Cruz looked more alive this week, but only caught five of the ten passed thrown his way. He did have a long gainer (27 yards) but still had plays where he and Eli weren't on the same page. WR Rueben Randle caught four of his seven targets, making a nice grab for a TD in the process. But he had a key pass knocked from his hands later in the game that would have been a big gain for New York.
The silver lining in this game was once again TE Larry Donnell, who caught nine of seven targets for 81 yards. Another bright spot was the QB pressure (4 sacks) but the Cards rans the ball well on the Giants' defense (124 yards).