If the locker room wasn’t lost before, it might just be now.
The New York Giants lost another game, giving a win to a San Francisco 49ers team that came in winless. A 31-21 loss at the 49ers continues to point to inadequacies on this team in all three phases of the game as well as coaching. With the loss, the Giants dropped to 1-8 on the season and the 49ers improved to 1-9.
It seemed like the Giants were in this game and despite miscues, were showing some fight early in this game.
Down 10-6 late midway through the first half, Manning and the Giants pieced together a 10-play, 75-yard drive over 5:51. The result was a nine-yard touchdown pass from Manning to rookie tight end Evan Engram, a beautifully touched ball.
The 49ers responded in their two-minute offense, going 76 yards in just five plays, the catalyst a 47-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to Garrett Celek.
The Giants offense stalled in the second half and despite Beathard’s interception in the third quarter, ‘Big Blue’ struggled to move the ball. Here is what we learned Sunday:
More botched assignments and plays
It was a repeat of last week’s sloppy play in a home blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Garrett Celek’s 47-yard touchdown catch – where Janoris Jenkins badly flailed at the tight end – typified another day with some lackluster play. The Giants were simply sloppy all throughout.
Poor blocking, a theme throughout the season as well as drops, missed assignments, poor routes, a missed gimme field goal and some untimely penalties all contributed to conspire against the Giants yet again. In short, this was not unlike the Giants other seven losses this season. Pretty typical stuff.
He is Sterling
The second-year Giants wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, was just that in his second game back from injury. Shepard is hands-down the best wide receiver currently available on this roster and he produced that way, putting together one of his better games of the season to date.
Shepard had four catches for 72 yards in the first half en route to finishing with 11 receptions for 142 yards. A rare bright spot of consistency on the day for the Giants.
Eli ain’t the issue
Against an admittedly bad team, the Giants veteran quarterback showed that the team’s offensive problems don’t fall squarely on his shoulders. Under constant pressure and with the Giants inexcusably avoiding the ground game, Manning still managed to do some things.
He led the Giants on three scoring drives in the first half including a 75-yard drive late in the second quarter that ended with Manning zipping a nine-yard touchdown pass to Engram.
Manning finished 28-for-237 for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception.