EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – From a psychological standpoint, the Giants’ 28-21 loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday is difficult to fathom. The Giants were coming off a resounding road victory in Minnesota, they took the field knowing a victory would move them within one game of Philadelphia in the NFC East race (because the Eagles suffered their first loss of the season) and they had a vocal Giants Stadium crowd behind them after jumping out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
Then you look at the cold, hard numbers, and the defeat is very understandable. There were five turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions) committed by a Giants team that had a total of six in the first seven games. Four of them were in the first half, including, remarkably, three on three consecutive plays late in the second period. Those miscues led to 13 points.
Add in a season-high 14 penalties for 109 yards – including one that took a touchdown off the board and another that wiped out an 86-yard kickoff return. And Kurt Warner getting sacked seven times and running for his life on numerous other occasions. Going one-for-14 on third-down conversion attempts, and one-for-six when it was third-and-one or fourth-and-one.
The Giants fell to 5-3 and remain two games behind Philadelphia. Chicago is 3-5.
Tom Coughlin’s post-game news conference was laced with lines that told the story: “Very uncharacteristic game for us in terms of five turnovers, a ton of penalties, untimely plays in circumstances really throughout the entire game.”… “It was very frustrating not to be able to continue the rest of the game like we played in the first quarter.” … “That’s what I’m saying, just stupid plays throughout the game, penalties, turnovers, increasing the opportunity that you won’t be able to get out from under the problems that you create for yourself.”… “You know what’s really disappointing? We’re at home. We’ve lost two in a row at home. We’re 5-3 and we’ve lost two in a row at home. That’s very disappointing, and I’m sure it’s very disappointing for our fans as well.”… “There’s not a lot to be pleased with.”
Monday, November 08, 2004
Giants Fall to Bears, 28-21
By Michael Eisen, Giants.com
Posted by Chris at 9:15 AM