Column: Same old New York Giants?
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
Football season is back bringing fans more excitement- or frustration- after only a few games.
Jets fans can breath a sigh of relief being able to say that they won a game this season, but the other New York fans are rather disappointed with how their opener turned out.
Without fail every season, I feel like every fan wonders the same thing: why are the Giants so horribly inconsistent?
Usually this question comes up midway through the season when the Giants play a phenomenal few games then start to act like they have never played football before in their life; but this infuriating question crossed my mind a little too soon this season.
The Giants were the epitome of an underdog when they won Super Bowl XLVI in 2011. Going into the post season the Giants were an unimpressive 9-7. They barely squeaked past the Cowboys to clinch the divisional title and get a spot in the Playoffs. However once they were in the playoffs something changed. A switch went off and they actually played consistently. Through the Playoffs, the Giants went on to beat the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC Championship.
In the Super Bowl, the G-Men struggled against the 13-3 Patriots. They were down since the third quarter of the game when Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez to take the lead 17-9.
However, the Giants slowly started to come back. Eli guided the Giants 88 yards down the field while Ahmad Bradshaw ran six yards to score a touchdown with 57 seconds left to win the game 21-17.
With a 9-7 record the Giants became the third NFL team to win fewer than ten games in the regular season and reach a Super Bowl. Now this is the inconsistency we want as Giants fans. We know they have the potential, yet most of the time they don’t show it when it really counts. It’s frustrating but so exciting the moment when they actually step up and perform. It’s one of those things that makes you really love football.
But unfortunately, this type of thing does not happen very often with the Giants. In their 2012 season, the Giants were yet again 9-7 in regular season but failed to make it into the Playoffs.
The first game of the 2013 season started out with a loss for the Giants. Even worse, DeMarcus Ware intercepted Eli Manning’s first pass of the game. The Cowboys forced six turnovers, matching the most turnovers the Giants had in one game since 1987 against New Orleans.
In the fourth quarter, the Giants managed to pull it together. It started to become a football game Giants fans could watch without becoming queasy. Victor Cruz scored three touchdowns this game lifting the Giants up 30-24 in the fourth quarter. With 11 seconds left, Manning threw his fourth touchdown pass to Brandon Myers. Although the Giants lost 36-31 in this frustrating game their fourth quarter showed a bit of potential. Despite playing horrendously, the Giants only lost by only five.
The team’s inconsistency is infuriating. Based on this first game, I feel like it will be a rough season for the Giants, but in the back of my mind I wonder if they will turn it around and surprise us all.
For now, we need some Tums and a little bit of hope to get us through the games.