Sunday was bad. Really bad. But in almost four season with Tom Coughlin at the helm of the Giants, it doesn’t compare to some other losses.
5. 2007 Week 12 – Minnesota 41, Giants 17
Obviously the most recent of the losses, Eli was picked four times, three of which were run back for touchdowns. The Giants were favored to win this contest and most of the experts picked them, but the offense was horrible from the get-go and the G-Men brought the Vikings back into the NFC Wild card picture.
4. 2006 Week 3 – Seattle 42, Giants 30
This was a tough one to watch. The Giants defense was just awful and Eli was no better. Three interceptions from Eli in this one gave the Seahawks a 42-3 lead before the Giants put up 27 points in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Shockey called out Coughlin saying, “We got outplayed, and outcoached. Write that down.”
3. 2006 First Round Playoffs – Eagles 23, Giants 20
The Giants could have won this game and probably should have. With Donovan McNabb out the Eagles turned to Jeff Garcia who led Philly to the playoffs and a first round victory at the hands of the G-Men. Garcia stuck it to the Giants as a 49er when San Fran staged their improbable comeback and this time he was helped by the offense of Brian Westbrook. The Eagles won the game with no time remaining as David Akers knocked home a 38-yard field goal.
2. 2006 Week 12 – Titans 24, Giants 21
Wow is about the only word needed to describe this game. The Giants led the Titans 21-0 at the end of the third quarter. Pacman Jones had two interceptions in the fourth quarter and a 23-yard punt return that led Tenessee to their eventual win over the Giants. The Titans scored the game-tying touchdown with 44 seconds left in the game and then got the ball back and Rob Bironas hit a 49-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to win it.
1. 2005 First Round Playoffs – Panthers 23, Giants 0
The Giants were at home for the first round of the playoff and there was absolutely no advantage to playing at Giants Stadium. The Panthers destroyed the G-Men, shutting them out and embarrassing New York in front of their own fans. Eli threw three interceptions and Tiki Barber rushed for only 41 yards while Carolina’s DeShaun Foster ran for 151 yards. Eli also committed a fumble and the Giants were held to 132 yards on offense.