New York Giants fans had to get some satisfaction out of watching the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles fall to the Green Bay Packers, 21-16, Sunday in the opening round of the NFC playoffs in Philadelphia. Admit it, though, Giants fans -- the game was also killing you.
I mean, you had to be shaking your head and asking yourself 'why?' as you watched the game unfold.
- Why doesn't Philadelphia kicker David Akers ever miss two makeable field goals against the Giants?
- Why doesn't DeSean Jackson ever get hurt, thus limiting his effectiveness, against the Giants?
- Why can't the Giants anticipate an onside kick, which the Packers did late in the fourth quarter, forcing Philadelphia to kick the ball deep?
- Why can't a Philadelphia receiver step out of bounds to negate a key score, like Eagles tight end Brent Celek did on a two-point conversion attempt late in the game, against the Giants?
- Why can't the Giants get a good punt pinning Jackson to the sideline when they need one, like the Packers did Sunday, then go make a tackle in coverage -- again, like the Packers did Sunday?
- Why can't the Giants, who are allegedly built to run the football, run it against the Eagles the way the Packers did Sunday when they got a 23-carry, 123-yard performance from rookie James Starks?
- Why can't a Giants cornerback make a game-saving interception against Michael Vick, like Tramon Williams did Sunday to seal Green Bay's victory in the final seconds?