The New York Giants season hit a new low on Sunday as they fell to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers 31-21.
Coming into Sunday’s game at 1-7, the Giants traveled to San Francisco in hopes of potentially finding some momentum to help them right the ship with eight games remaining in the regular season.
The 0-9 49ers were in a position to challenge the 0-9 Cleveland Browns for the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft with a loss to the Giants but it seems like they had other plans. Against the Giants defense, the Niners looked completely different from a team that was winless. 49ers quarterback C.J Beathard, a third-round pick out of Iowa, was able to dissect the Giants defense, passing for 288 yards with two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as well.
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It seems as if the New York Giants have given up. This was another game New York should have won but instead, they allowed San Francisco to run all over them, allowing 186 rushing yards along with two rushing touchdowns, one of which featured a 33-yard breakout run by running back Matt Breida. Although the Giants were able to gain their second lead of the game when the score was 13-10, the 49ers went on to score 21 unanswered points en route to their first win of the season.
What’s so frustrating for the Giants and anyone else still interested in this team is that they have the same defense that helped carry them to the playoffs last season. A less than stellar year on the offensive side has definitely played a factor in the defensive inefficiencies but there’s been a lot of instances throughout the season where the effort has been evidently lackluster and today was one of those days. Those frustrations were expressed by star safety Landon Collins after today’s loss.
A hiccup like this against one of the worst teams in the league is another dent for New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo in regards to his job security. The only positive in a year full of negatives is that the Giants are in position for a top-three pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, with a loss to the 49ers and another season of underperforming, major shakeups to the franchise are coming.
The New York Giants are scheduled to host the AFC West-leading Kansas Chiefs (6-3) in East Rutherford next Sunday.