The New York Giants woke up on Monday with a bitter taste in their mouths after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 19-17 on a last-second field goal attempt.
New York had its opportunities to win, but couldn't come through late. Eli Manning appeared to drive the Giants well within Lawrence Tynes' range for a game-winning kick before Ramses Barden moved them back 10 yards with an offensive pass interference penalty.
As Ed Valentine explains over at Big Blue View, there's plenty of blame to go around:
The most obvious goat is wide receiver Ramses Barden. Barden's offensive pass interference penalty, an obvious call as he mugged Philadelphia cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha along the right sideline, took the Giants from the 26-yard line to the 36, thus taking Tynes out of comfortable range.
However, Valentine also points out that Manning is also a culprit with some rough play in the second half:
Manning, with six fourth-quarter comebacks and a record-setting 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes, also has to take some of the blame. The first play of the fourth quarter had to be an indication this was not business as usual for the Giants, as Manning inexplicably threw an interception in the end zone with the Giants at the Eagles' 14-yard line. Manning apparently never saw cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, who made an easy pick.
New York has plenty of time to make up for its early blunders. The biggest issue right now for the Giants is an 0-2 division record with one loss apiece against the two teams that figure to be their top contenders.