New York Giants: Two games that hurt the G-Men more than loss to Philly

Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers .(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers .(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Losing to Philadelphia wasn’t the worst thing that happened to the New York Giants. Two other games Sunday determined their draft position.

The New York Giants lost to Philadelphia on Sunday 34-17. Let’s face it, Big Blue’s chances of beating a hot team, playing for a division title, were quite slim. Most Giants fans at this point would agree that as much as they wanted to win (especially against a division rival), getting an impact player in next year’s draft is more important.

Before their recent mini two-game winning streak, the New York Giants had the worst record in the NFC. At that point, they were positioned for the second overall draft pick. Fans were salivating at the chance to select Chase Young, one of the most dominating pass rushers coming out of college in the last several years. Had they lost to Washington last week, it still might have happened. Instead, the G-Men “dropped” to fourth overall.

There was still a slim chance at Young when the day kicked off. They were a game better than the Skins and half-a-game better than Detroit in the overall standings. If those two teams won and the Giants lost, maybe, just maybe.

Among the day’s early games was the Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions. Granted David Blough seemed more like David facing the Goliath of Aaron (don’t mess with his discount) Rodgers. The Lions still put up a good fight despite the odds.

The boys in silver and blue pulled out all the tricks. That includes a touchdown on a receiver option pass from Danny Amendola to Blough in the first quarter. Detroit actually had a 14-0 lead with just over three minutes to go in the first half. They managed to hold off the Pack until the fourth quarter.

Matt Prater‘s 56-yard field goal put Detroit back up by seven, 20-13. That score held until Rodgers threw a TD pass to Allan Lazard to tie it up later in the fourth. Mason Crosby‘s 33-yard field goal as time expired capped off an eight-play, 60-yard drive that spanned 80 seconds, and sealed the New York Giants fate.

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Washington for their part, rolled over and played dead in Dallas, so there was no chance for the Giants to improve their draft status when the regular season officially ended. Goodbye Chase Young. Hopefully, Washington doesn’t draft you so we have to see you tear into out quarterback twice a year