After an amazing Wild Card Round win against the Minnesota Vikings, everything came crashing down for the NY Giants during their matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. While not many people thought the Giants would pull through with the win, fans definitely didn’t expect the game to go this poorly, as New York lost 38-7.
There were so many reasons for this loss – too many to put into one article. However, we know for a fact that the game could have at least been closer had some of the players and coaches performed better. Obviously, this loss was a team effort, but there are no doubts that these NY Giants were the biggest causes for concern in the team’s disastrous season-ending loss to Philly.
4. QB Daniel Jones
It really sucks to say, but Jones really didn’t have it this week. This isn’t entirely on him, as the combination of a poor offensive gameplan, plus some rough play from the offensive line made it incredibly difficult for Jones to get anything going.
Regardless, Jones simply looked off the mark for the majority of this game. Whether it be his first interception since Christmas Eve, or his missed throw to Darius Slayton that could’ve created momentum when the team needed it most, Jones just didn’t have it.
For the game, Jones would complete 15 of his 27 pass attempts for 135 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Again, not all of this was on Jones, especially Richie James’ embarrassing drop in the fourth quarter, but we really would have liked to see a better game out of Jones.
Heading into an offseason with more than $50 million in cap space and 11 draft picks, there’s plenty of room for improvement around Jones. There are zero reasons for fans to lose hope over one mediocre game against arguably the best team in the NFL.
With that being said, Jones simply needed to be better against the Eagles on Saturday. Things might not have been perfect, but that’s no excuse for some of the missed opportunities he had this game. Hopefully Jones learns from this heading into next season (should he return) and grows alongside the team as improvements are most definitely needed.