Sunday, December 23, 2012
Giants' offense puts up shocking stats
By Kieran Darcy
Eli Manning, who faced heavy pressure all afternoon, takes a sack against the Ravens' D.
BALTIMORE -- The numbers are simply stunning.
A week after being shut out by the Falcons, the Giants were even worse against the Ravens on Sunday.
Yes, they put up 14 points. But half of those came during garbage time in the fourth quarter, with the score 33-7 and the outcome no longer in doubt.
The Giants had 256 yards of offense against Atlanta. Against Baltimore, they accumulated just 186 -- and 80 of those came on that final, inconsequential drive.
"We did nothing offensively," said coach Tom Coughlin.
Eli Manning completed just 14 of 28 passes, for a paltry 150 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw returned after missing last week's game with a knee injury, but had just nine carries for 39 yards. A week after having just three catches for 15 yards against the Falcons, Victor Cruz had three catches for 21 yards against the Ravens. And Hakeem Nicks was shut out, for the first time in his NFL career.
"I don’t even want to talk about it," said Nicks. When asked if it was something the defense did, Nicks said, "I don’t know what it was."
Bradshaw had a little more to say. "We just didn't come to play today," Bradshaw said. "It was a big game. This was one we needed. They wanted it more than we did."
To be fair, Manning didn't always have a lot of time to make plays. The Ravens applied lots of pressure, with three sacks and nine quarterback hits.
"We couldn't get anything going," said Manning. "The Ravens did a very good job on defense. They put a lot of pressure on me, and they gave us a lot of different looks. They made it hard for us."
Now the Giants have made it very hard for themselves, in terms of making the playoffs. They'll need to beat the Eagles next Sunday, but they'll need some other games to go their way, too.
Last year in Week 16, needing to beat the Jets to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Giants were sparked by a 99-yard touchdown by Cruz.
There were no plays like that in Week 16 this year. Just two weeks after scoring 52 points against the Saints, the Giants' offense has disintegrated.
"What has happened over the course of the last couple of weeks is very difficult to explain," said Coughlin. "We had a resounding win against New Orleans and felt real good about ourselves, and then I have no explanation as to why we're in the position that we're in."