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Giant meltdown was worst loss of Week Five

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll celebrates defeating the New York Giants in their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

Every loss hurts, but some losses hurt more than others.  Each week, we pick out the most painful defeat to crown the weekend’s biggest loser.  

Previous winners include the Chiefs, Jaguars, and Eagles.

Let’s count down some of this week’s other nominees before getting to the winner:

5. Falcons: They expected to take the next step this year, but they have taken a step back. Best case scenario: They get into the playoffs and have to play in Lambeau.

4. Bears: Lovie Smith said the Lions game would tell him a lot about the team, and it did.

3. Bucs: Rising teams don’t lose by 45 in San Francisco.

2. Cardinals: The Vikings loss will go down as the game the Cardinals realized this year isn’t so different from last year.

And the worst loss of the weekend goes to …

The New York Giants will remember the Seahawks loss in late December.  While we’re busy figuring out tiebreakers in a four-way NFC East race, Tom Coughlin will be having flashbacks to the game that got away.

The Giants built their 3-1 start on avoiding mistakes.  They turned the ball over five times against Seattle.  They are a team that wants to run the ball, and stop the run.  Seattle stuffed New York’s running game, while Marshawn Lynch gashed them.

They knocked Tarvaris Jackson out of the game, and Seattle’s backup Charlie Whitehurst helped Seattle win in New York.

“This is about as miserable a feeling here as we’ve had in a long time,” coach Tom Coughlin said after the game.

This game that got away figures to be a miserable memory for the Giants all season long.

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33 Responses to “Giant meltdown was worst loss of Week Five”
  1. thekingdave says: Oct 11, 2011 2:27 PM

    How about the Texans? Facing the the Ravens next week without AJ, this was a badly needed game.

  2. schmitty2 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:30 PM

    “This is about as miserable a feeling here as we’ve had in a long time,” coach Tom Coughlin said after the game.

    A sense of relief for Matt Dodge when he heard this

  3. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 11, 2011 2:30 PM

    Seriously?

    The Texans didn’t allow the Raiders to get a first down for the first 27 minutes of the game. They should have beaten Oakland by three touchdowns but blew it even with one more shot at the end of the game.

    Oh, I forgot. Al Davis died, and he’s suddenly a candidate for sainthood. Suggesting the Texans handed the game to the Raiders would nullify all the feel-good-moment-of-silence-Al’s-looking-down-on-us-win-one-for-Al-just-win-baby-falling-to-my-knees BS.

  4. jacunn2000 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:31 PM

    Haha, Giants lost to the Seahawks…

  5. nineroutsider says: Oct 11, 2011 2:34 PM

    The Seahwaks have an underrated defense. They are going to shock some more teams and make the NFC West look a little more credible. They certainly aren’t in the Luck sweepstakes so get that out of your heads.

    They are tough to play at home, so it will be nice to finally beat them there in December. Harbaugh is going to torment Carrol for years to come…how the tables have turned.

    Go 9ers!

  6. redrifle14 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:35 PM

    I nominate Jacksonville. Trailing by just 3 with under 2 mins in the game, and Gabbert starting off a good drive. Then, almost like a punchline, the center decides to shotgun the ball pass the QB when he wasnt ready leading to a turnover and ultimately a Cincy TD. LOL!!

  7. dericivy says: Oct 11, 2011 2:36 PM

    How was it a melt down?

    Seattle left 14 on the board with their two redzone fumbles in the first half.

    I’m pretty sure that Seattle was the team that kept the other ‘in the game’.

    They should have lost, they had more penalties, more dropped balls, and only one less turnover(not counting Eli’s garbage time pick).

    Face it, the Giants didn’t melt down, they just aren’t a very good team, hell, look at their list of wins.

  8. nineroutsider says: Oct 11, 2011 2:36 PM

    @Andre’s Johnson

    Damn…someone is bitter…

  9. olsonm4 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:38 PM

    How did Colts not win much less make the list? Up 17-0 at one point only to lose to a fellow bottom 5 team?

  10. nfl fan says: Oct 11, 2011 2:38 PM

    Well, that’s why they play the game. It’s not like the Giants are the “Dream Team” or were projected to go 12-4, or 13-3 by their fan base?

  11. seattlerogueburner says: Oct 11, 2011 2:39 PM

    Seahawks have heart. We the fans love our hawks, regardless of where we are in the season. The players on the Seahawks are talented, and this game showed that they will push.

    I feel proud that we are not part of the “Suck for Luck”pool. We are the small dog in the fight, but there is a big dog inside that will grow in the next few years.

    Not hating on the Giants. They’re amazing. Hawks just wanted to win more.

    Go Hawks!

  12. yallbetuckfards says: Oct 11, 2011 2:44 PM

    @ Andre’s Johnson

    A little bitter are we? Of course, losing when you didnt allow a first down for 27 minutes and your fullback dropping a sure TD would tend to make most fans bitter.

    Oakland has beaten better teams than Houston this year. Once again, the Texans are the most over rated team in the league.

  13. pigskinswag says: Oct 11, 2011 2:45 PM

    I wonder if Chris Cooley enjoyed this as well…

  14. bahzeal says: Oct 11, 2011 2:47 PM

    sorry, have to chime in. the seahawks scored on the opening drive. save for the two fumbles and some victor cruz (UMass!) magic this game is a rout. the giants didn’t let the game “get away”.

    not saying the seahawks are a great team, but give the winners a little credit where credit is due. please. all the coverage of this game has been (typically) one-sided.

  15. east96st says: Oct 11, 2011 3:03 PM

    In fairness to the Giants, they were missing almost one third of their starters due to injury. However, you are correct that this game was winnable, will haunt them, and the running game on both sides of the ball was an embarrassment. What you forgot to mention was the absolutely abysmal play calling throughout the game. Kevin Gilbride – NYC’s version of Juan Castillo. Wait, that’s not fair to Juan. He’s only been stinking it up for five games. Gilbride has been awful for years. I’m sorry, Juan, for insulting you so.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:08 PM

    Yes Matt Dodge feels somewhat vindicated. That Philly game was a “quality opponent” and “HOW” they lost, whereas, the schitty Seabags, who had scored as many points in THREE GAMES COMBINED, run up 36 on us in one game, in the most putrid display I’ve seen from this team since the latter part of ’09 or the Browns game in ’08.

  17. yevrag3535 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:17 PM

    Giants and 49er’s both suck. Easy scheduling means easy wins, they are beating nobody, when they win. It will stop soon, Othr teams will catch on to their schemes, The giants just suck.. Sheli is a wimp who cries all the time and he team knows that. What for it, coming soon……

  18. ampats says: Oct 11, 2011 3:18 PM

    I would have thought the jets would be included but I supppose everyone has caught on that this year’s version is heading for a 7-9 season

  19. jakek2 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:21 PM

    I’m a Giants’ fan. Dericivy and the Seahawks’ fans are right. They kicked the Giants’ azz all over the place. If Seattle did not fumble twice inside the redzone and if Cruz did not save Eli from another rookie-thrown ball into double coverage, the Giants would have lost by 30.

    But, as Giants’ fans, we expect one of these such “sure-win” losses a year. In the same regard, we’re also used to two “sure-losses” that become wins. We had our first against the Dream Team at the Linc (when the Eags didn’t suck yet) and I’ll bet anyone on this board that we beat one of the Packers, Saints or Pats when we play them.

  20. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 11, 2011 3:25 PM

    I’m not bitter; I’m pissed.

    Also: the post is about the week’s worst meltdowns, and the Texans aren’t in the top 5 after clearly blowing that game. And I’m suggesting that, since the media is letting the city of Oakland cry on its shoulders to cover up the fact that the media has done nothing but make Al Davis the butt of its jokes for the past ten years is the reason why Greggggggg won’t allow for the notion that the Raiders didn’t fight it out for Saint Al.

  21. pigskinswag says: Oct 11, 2011 3:29 PM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 3:17 PM
    “Giants and 49er’s both suck. Easy scheduling means easy wins, they are beating nobody, when they win”
    ___________________________________

    This is the NFL, and in the NFL, the league sets the schedule. This isn’t college football where you can “schedule wins”. Think before speaking (or typing).

  22. claymus1 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:39 PM

    @ niner outsider,

    Aint it great that the NFC west is resurgent! Harbaugh and Carroll will be tormenting each other for years to come and I like it!

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:46 PM

    jakek2 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:21 PM

    I’m a Giants’ fan. Dericivy and the Seahawks’ fans are right. They kicked the Giants’ azz all over the place. If Seattle did not fumble twice inside the redzone and if Cruz did not save Eli from another rookie-thrown ball into double coverage, the Giants would have lost by 30.

    But, as Giants’ fans, we expect one of these such “sure-win” losses a year. In the same regard, we’re also used to two “sure-losses” that become wins. We had our first against the Dream Team at the Linc (when the Eags didn’t suck yet) and I’ll bet anyone on this board that we beat one of the Packers, Saints or Pats when we play them.
    ————-

    All REAL Giants fans know this and think the same. It’s along this basis alone that I can tell long-time Giants fans apart from the flakes that came on board in February ’08.

  24. P_Willy says: Oct 11, 2011 3:51 PM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 3:17 PM
    Giants and 49er’s both suck. Easy scheduling means easy wins, they are beating nobody, when they win. It will stop soon, Othr teams will catch on to their schemes, The giants just suck.. Sheli is a wimp who cries all the time and he team knows that. What for it, coming soon……

    _________________________

    Easy scheduling? You’re an idiot.

    We played Seattle (underrated defense), Bengals (amongst the top rated defense), Philly (lot’s of talent but finding it tough to finsh), Cowboy’s (OT loss by 3) and Tampa Bay (10-6 last year).

    Got the undefeated Lions coming up this week, followed by the Redskins, Giants, Ravens and Steelers.

    Please… go back to ur fantasy football league and find a way out of last place.

  25. seabreezes51 says: Oct 11, 2011 4:05 PM

    My Eagles suck, but I am sure that by game fifteen the Giants will suck bigger as they collapse yet again, hearing dem footsteps…..
    it could be the Eagles they hear……. Again…

  26. jacunn2000 says: Oct 11, 2011 4:08 PM

    @Andre’s Johnson

    Your name fits you and your posts. Typical Texan fan..

  27. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 11, 2011 4:31 PM

    Paging Mr. Wright. Mr. Wright – This is a Giants story. You are expected to post at least 5 times on all Giants stories. Mr. Wright?

  28. kev86 says: Oct 11, 2011 4:42 PM

    As a Giants fan, I agree with Coughlin. I was sick to my stomach after the game. It was a brutal and disgraceful loss at home. The Giants cashed in their “freebie chip” to Seattle at home in week 5. Not good. No offense Seattle. Disgusting loss.

  29. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Oct 11, 2011 4:59 PM

    No actually the unbeatable dream team losing for the forth straight time was !

  30. east96st says: Oct 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    seabreezes51 says: “My Eagles suck, but I am sure that by game fifteen the Giants will suck bigger as they collapse yet again, hearing dem footsteps…..
    it could be the Eagles they hear……. Again…”

    Well, it’s still mathematically possible for the Eagles to make the playoffs, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As for the Giants, not many of us expected much this year. Too many personnel changes, too many injuries, same old incompetent coaching. Besides, we BOTH know if the Eagles do pull their heads out their a**, they will just end up losing in the postseason…AGAIN! It’s what your team does best.

  31. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Oct 11, 2011 5:05 PM

    “Harbaugh is going to torment Carrol for years to come…how the tables have turned”

    Oh, Niners fans. *shakes head*

  32. yellowdog25 says: Oct 11, 2011 5:08 PM

    Worst part………the Cowgirls are in a better spot now.

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:07 PM

    The Eagles will be 5-9 going into that game. They won’t be anything but spoilers.

    Footsteps SMH

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