Some perspective: the Giants, who have a league-high 20 players on season-ending injured reserve, walloped a team who was playing without both their starting WRs and OTs. They also started a rookie at both QB and RB, and the QB had an injured AC joint in his throwing shoulder. An ugly matchup featuring lots of backups and late-season free agents masquerading as NFL players.
The Titans played as poorly as I've seen an NFL team play in recent memory. If the Giants had not blown them out, I'd be calling for housecleaning this very moment. They were that bad.
It was as hollow a victory as you can get in this league, but in this sorry, lost season the Giants will take it and run. In fact, they were so ecstatic they finally won a game after 63 days, they let their emotions get ahold of them, acting like a bunch of jackasses in the second half with classless displays of unsportsmanlike conduct and chippy play.
It was an ugly game with some ugly moments. As a lifelong fan, it just might be one of the lowest moments in my 47 years of watching Giant football. Other than the play of rookies Odell Beckham, Jr., Andre Williams and Devon Kennard, I found little to be pleased about.
Earth to Giants: The win doesn't change a thing in the overall scheme of things. You are 4-9 and can only play spoiler the next three weeks.
This season will end with the Giants failing to qualify for the postseason for the third consecutive year. GM Jerry Reese, head coach Tom Coughlin and scores of others will be lucky to survive the changes the club needs to make to turn things around.
Another empty, $1.7 billion stadium in the months of December and January has to be weighing on CEO John Mara and Chairman Steve Tisch right now. Since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010, the Giants have hosted exactly one playoff game. Unacceptable.
Some notes from the Giants' PR Dept....
*The Giants broke a seven-game losing streak and won for the first time since a victory over Atlanta on Oct. 5. They are 4-9 and alone in third place in the NFC East. The Giants host 3-10 Washington next week.
*The 29-point margin of victory was the Giants’ second-largest of the season; on Sept. 25, they won in Washington, 45-14.
*Tennessee’s only touchdown came on a 23-yard interception return by Marqueston Huff.
It was the first time the Giants did not allow an offensive touchdown since Dec. 29, 2013, when Washington kicked two field goals for its only points in a 20-6 Giants victory.
*The Giants led at the end of the first quarter, 17-0, the largest lead after the first 15 minutes since Dec. 30, 2012, when they owned a 21-0 advantage against Philadelphia.
*The Giants’ 23-0 halftime lead was their largest since they led the Eagles, 35-7, in that 2012 season finale. It was their largest halftime lead while holding an opponent scoreless since Nov. 7, 2010, when they owned a 35-0 lead at Seattle.
*The Giants led in the third quarter, 30-0, their largest lead without allowing a point since Oct. 30, 2005, when they defeated Washington, 36-0.
*The Giants totaled 402 offensive yards, the fifth time this season they exceeded 400 yards.
*The Giants’ 142 rushing yards was their third-highest total of the season and their most yards on the ground since they ran for 154 at Washington on Sept. 25.
*The Giants did not allow an opposing sack for the second time this season; Dallas did not have a sack on Oct. 19.
*Tennessee’s 207 total yards were the fewest by a Giants opponent since the Eagles gained 201 yards at Philadelphia on Oct. 27, 2013.
*The Titans’ 61 rushing yards were the fewest by a Giants opponent since Green Bay ran for 55 yards on Nov. 17, 2013.
*Tennessee’s 12 first downs were the fewest for a Giants opponent since Washington had 12 on Dec. 29, 2013.
*This was Tom Coughlin’s 162nd regular-season victory as an NFL head coach. That ties him with St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher – who also got his 162nd win Sunday – for 13th on the NFL career list.
*Including his 12 victories in postseason games, Coughlin has 174 total wins. That ties him with former Green Bay and Seattle coach Mike Holmgren for 12th on the all-time list.
*The Giants had a second defensive touchdown, on an interception by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, nullified by a penalty on Damontre Moore.
*The Giants’ defense registered eight sacks, one week after it had seven sacks of Jacksonville’s quarterbacks. That is the team’s highest sack total since it had 10 on Oct. 3, 2010 vs. Chicago.
*The Giants’ eight sacks gave them 34 for the year, matching their total for the entire 2013 season.
*The Giants broke a five-game losing streak to the Oilers/Titans and now lead the series, 6-5. Their previous victory in the series was on Nov. 21, 1994, a 13-10 decision on a Monday night in the Houston Astrodome (in Fisher’s head coaching debut). This was their first victory in four visits to Tennessee.
*The Giants’ inactive players were linebackers Jacquian Williams (concussion) and Mark Herzlich (concussion), offensive linemen James Brewer (concussion) and Eric Herman, cornerback Jayron Hosley and running back Chris Ogbonnaya. The Giants had just six inactives, because they currently have a 52-man roster.