Well if EatDatPussy445 got to eat some celebratory pussy due to his Philly celebrity status and an Eagles W by less than a yard, it won’t sting as much. I just don’t know how shitting his pants will help his cause, because that’s undoubtedly what every Eagles fan did as that second kick sailed short. Don’t lie, we ALL thought it was good in the air. Andy was a couple feet away from being the second dead Reid this year.
Water cooler talk this morning is primarily focused on Ramses Barden and his rape of Nnamdi, pushing the game-winning kick from 44 to 54 yards. That’s fair, but he did draw a couple flags to keep the drive alive – the first on 4th down when, in all honesty, there could’ve been offsetting penalties. He also made a big-time catch to spark the G-Men on their prior TD drive. There were other pieces of that final possession that I wasn’t a fan of – namely Baas skipping the football like a rock across a lake & wasting a down, along with the attempt at sneaking a big run with Bradshaw that netted an entire yard. If the plan was to set up for a FG, great, keep running. But they were trying to catch Philly off-guard. If you want 6, you can’t waste valuable seconds with that call. You got Captain Comeback, there’s no reason to get cute with the game on the line. Put those ticks back on the clock & you can run another play before the kick.
With all that being said, Eli ironically blew it on the first play in the final quarter. After a BALLSY 4th-and-1 call that put the Giants 10 yards from paydirt, Manning inexplicably put the ball right in the chest of Rodgers-Cromartie. Ordinarily, a 300 yard/2 TD/1 INT line is good enough to win – but with the Eagles playing clean football all night, that one pick was the difference. Terrible decision, terrible timing, and ended up resulting in at least a 6-point swing. You can’t out-turnover Michael Vick, who deserves a little credit for surviving the early onslaught and avoiding a giveaway for the first time this season.
For the game itself, it’s not a horrific loss. It was a good, close matchup throughout – sure, there were chances to win, but a division loss by 2 on the road isn’t exactly shitting the bed. Big picture though, starting off 0-2 in the NFC East is a pretty big deal. With Cleveland coming to town, Big Blue should tee off and get back to the winning side of things. That’s where it gets interesting. @ SF, WAS, @ DAL, PIT looks to be the stretch that’ll make or break the Giants’ 2012.