With the score 16-10, the Giants were poised to take the lead with a touchdown. Having experienced difficulty running the ball vs 49ers all afternoon, OC Ben McAdoo decided to take advantage of his receivers' height and athletic ability with three corner fade patterns that were all unsuccessful:
- 1-4-SF4 (5:04) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete short right to O.Beckham.
- 2-4-SF4 (5:00) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete short left to R.Randle.
- 3-4-SF4 (4:55) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete short left to L.Donnell (E.Reid).
- 4-4-SF4 (4:50) (No Huddle, Shotgun) E.Manning pass short middle intended for P.Parker INTERCEPTED by C.Borland (D.Johnson) at SF 2. C.Borland to SF 2 for no gain (P.Parker).
After the game, Coughlin was still still stinging from missing out on a golden opportunity.
"Four shots from the 4-yard line – it’s inexcusable that we didn’t score," he said. "You’re talking about a team that’s, what, sixth in the league in the green zone? We hit that ball to Larry [Donnell] a number of times and he comes back down on his shoulder and drops the ball. We tried to hit Rueben [Randle] with the first one and [Odell] Beckham with the second one. In hindsight, we should’ve run the ball. We’ve done a good job in the green zone. We’ve done a good job in the tight green zone. It’s just that today in this particular situation – I could be standing here 17-16, but instead we're standing here with a loss."
QB Eli Manning was having a bizzarre day, with four INTs already in the books and trying to avoid throwing a fifth in the most crucial series of the game.
"Yeah, you have four downs from the three-yard line, you expect to be able to score in that scenario. Disappointed, disappointed in myself. I could have thrown some better passes, some better balls. We could have made a play and gotten the lead right there," he said after the game.
The result was as it has been around here with the Giants lately - woulda, shoulda, coulda...
"On one of the plays, we had a play call to try to change it to another play," Eli explained. "Time was running down so we had to call a timeout. I think all of the plays that were called, you always have some options down there. If they give you a certain look, you can get to certain plays. We had good plays, we had opportunities to make plays. We just didn’t quite do it."
And they haven't been doing it. The loss was the team's fifth in a row and they are now just 10-16 since the beginning of the 2013 season.