Giants done in by uncharacteristic mistakes at key moments

The Giants know that good soccer beats large box-score numbers. 

Their successful components for overachieving was used in opposition to them Saturday in a 27-24 loss to the favored Vikings in Minneapolis. 

Blame the offense for an uncharacteristic two turnovers after the Giants had crossed midfield and another crossed wires. Blame the protection for a dropped interception on a drive that ended with the Vikings scoring the go-ahead landing, and for an ill-timed blitz that allowed an enormous play. Blame the particular groups for a blocked punt by Minnesota. Blame all models for seven mixed penalties. 

In a whole reversal of what the Giants have been about throughout a shock push to the cusp of the playoffs, they crammed up the offensive field rating for 445 yards, however got here away ruing a handful of miscues and 0 takeaways and lost on a last-second 61-yard discipline aim. 

“You can’t have those mistakes,” head coach Brian Daboll mentioned. 

Daniel Bellinger fumbles during the Giants' loss to the Vikings.
Daniel Bellinger fumbles in the course of the Giants’ loss to the Vikings.
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The most evident can’t-haves had been: 

Rookie cornerback Cor’Dale Flott undercut a go to Adam Thielen and celebrated his first career interception to guard a 13-10 third-quarter lead. Except replay evaluate confirmed that Flott didn’t full the catch to the bottom. The Vikings capitalized on the overturned name by scoring for a 17-13 lead. 

“We didn’t play a clean game,” security Julian Love mentioned. “That’s what these [December] games come down to.” 

Jamie Gillan’s punt on a fourth-and-5 with 4:10 remaining was blocked and was a short-field landing that prolonged the Vikings’ result in 24-16. Josh Metellus knocked over lengthy snapper Casey Kreiter and got here proper down the center at Gillan’s prolonged leg. It seemed as if Gillan took an additional split-second to get the ball off — maybe nonetheless interested by his unintentional drop-kick fumble that value the Giants in opposition to the Eagles two weeks in the past. 

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Rookie tight finish Daniel Bellinger lost a fumble at the tip of a 16-yard catch and run right down to the Vikings’ 23-yard line in the primary half. 

Later, on a second-and-6 from the Vikings’ 40-yard line, Daniel Jones examined future Hall of Famer Patrick Peterson one too many occasions and was intercepted. 

“The fumble took away three points, the interception took away three points,” Daboll mentioned. “That’s a minimum.” 

A few different miscues that may not be as apparent: Richie James, who totaled catches for 90 yards, dropped a third-down go and didn’t know what path to run on one other third down that led Jones to scramble and brought about Daboll to erupt on the sideline. 

Patrick Peterson intercepts Patrick Peterson's pass intended for Isaiah Hodgins.
Patrick Peterson intercepts Patrick Peterson’s go supposed for Isaiah Hodgins.

Aggressive defensive coordinator Wink Martindale despatched a blitz on third-and-11 with 19 seconds remaining, leaving too many defenders chasing the ball as Justin Jefferson turned a display screen right into a 17-yard achieve to arrange the successful discipline aim. 

“I think Wink had a good plan and mixed it up,” Daboll mentioned. “They made a few more plays than we did.” 

Love mentioned the Giants thought they’d tackled Jefferson earlier than what the scouting report mentioned was the yard line wanted to try a discipline aim. 

“You can go, ‘Oh man, if we tackled one or two yards sooner,’ but we have to win that situation,” Love mentioned. “For sure, it’s frustrating.”

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