Report Card: Baltimore chopped

December, 24, 2012


Eli Manning was under pressure most of the day and was hit nine times and sacked three times. Manning was able to throw for only 150 yards but he did manage a late touchdown to Domenik Hixon. The hobbled Hakeem Nicks, though, finished with no catches for the first time and Victor Cruz had only three catches for 21 yards. The Giants' aerial attack has been grounded.


Ahmad Bradshaw played through a painful knee injury and ran for 39 yards. David Wilson was one of the very few lone bright spots for the Giants with a 14-yard touchdown run. The Giants rushed for 67 yards on just 14 carries but the running game was a non-factor overall.


Joe Flacco looked way too comfortable and threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He went after Corey Webster, who struggled badly. Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin were open far too many times and Ray Rice also scored too easily on a 27-yard catch. The Giants got just one sack late in the game.


After talking all week about tackling better, the Giants let Baltimore flatten them for 224 yards on the ground. Rice had 107 yards and backup Bernard Pierce gained 123 -- 78 coming on one run. Flacco scored a touchdown on a QB sneak.


The special teams didn't do anything special but it also didn't do anything to lose this game. Steve Weatherford was busy with eight punts. David Wilson averaged 23.4 yards on kickoff returns and the Giants kept Baltimore's dangerous returner, Jacoby Jones, in check.


For the second straight week, the Giants were completely outclassed with their playoff fate still within their grasp. They have gone from having control of the NFC East to now needing help to get into the playoffs. But most disturbing is the Giants' lack of fire and energy with so much on the line.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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