Rapid Reaction: Saints 49, Giants 24
November, 29, 2011
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW ORLEANS –- The New York Giants continued their slide in the second half of the season as Drew Brees shredded them and New Orleans cruised to victory.
What it means: The Giants have now lost three straight and it looks like the streak may continue with unbeaten Green Bay coming to town next week.
The Giants are now one game behind Dallas (7-4) in the NFC East. A loss to the Packers would drop the Giants to 6-6 heading into Dallas for a prime-time game on Dec. 11. It seems like ages ago that the Giants were 6-2 and coming off a great win at New England.
Defenseless: The Giants knew they had to get pressure on Brees, but were unable to. Brees dissected the Giants' defense as if he knew Perry Fewell's every move beforehand. The Giants' pass rush has barely made any noise in its last two games.
Giant mistakes: The Giants had to play virtually mistake-free football in a hostile environment like New Orleans. Instead, Eli Manning threw a costly interception in the end zone while trying to hit Jake Ballard from the Saints' 18-yard line on their first drive of the game.
In the second quarter, false-start penalties on the offensive line stalled two drives. The Giants got three points out of those two drives and trailed 21-3 at the half.
Rookie running back Da'Rel Scott also fumbled in the third quarter, setting up New Orleans for a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.
Easy Eli: Manning put up some nice stats -- he even had a 72-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz -- but the Big Easy has been anything but that for him. Manning dropped to 0-2 in his hometown.
Giant injuries: The Giants came into this game without RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), LB Michael Boley (hamstring) and LT Will Beatty (eye). Then WR Mario Manningham was ruled inactive prior to the game with a knee injury.
The Giants then lost DE Osi Umenyiora and LB Mark Herzlich to ankle injuries.
What’s next: And the Giants thought Brees was a load to handle. Now they get Aaron Rodgers, the NFL's hottest quarterback. Oh, and they get the defending champion Packers on a short week with Green Bay coming off a long rest.