Dec 082013
 
 December 8, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Linval Joseph, New York Giants (December 8, 2013)

A Dejected New York Giants’ Bench – © USA TODAY Sports Images

San Diego Chargers Crush New York Giants 37-14; Giants Eliminated from Playoff Contention: The San Diego Chargers mauled the New York Giants 37-14 on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. With the loss, the Giants fell to 5-8 on the season. The Giants were also officially eliminated from playoff contention with three regular-season games left to play.

The game was basically over at halftime with the Chargers taking a 24-0 lead. The Giants had six possessions before intermission, three ending with punts, two with turnovers, and the final possession of the half ending at the Chargers’ 6-yard line as time expired. Meanwhile, the Chargers scored on four of their five first-half possessions with drives of 50, 76, 67, and 39 yards resulting in three touchdowns and a field goal. At the half, the Chargers had gained 15 first downs, were 7-of-9 on third down (78 percent), and had accrued 250 total net yards.

The Giants did score touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half. The first was set up when DE Justin Tuck sacked QB Phillip Rivers, forcing a fumble that DT Cullen Jenkins recovered at the San Diego 18-yard line. Seven plays later, RB Peyton Hillis scored from one yard out. On the Giants’ next possession, New York drove 86 yards in 11 plays with QB Eli Manning hitting TE Brandon Myers for a 5-yard touchdown. The Giants’ last two drives of the second half ended with a turnover on downs when Manning was sacked on 4th-and-5 at the Giants’ 42-yard line, and an interception by Manning with less than two minutes to play.

The Chargers kept pouring it on in the second half. After the turnover to start the third quarter, San Diego scored a touchdown and two field goals on their next three drives. They simply knelt on the ball to end the game on their final possession.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 20-of-32 for 259 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. His leading receivers were WR Hakeem Nicks (5 catches for 135 yards), WR Victor Cruz (5 catches for 42 yards), and Myers (4 catches for 26 yards and a touchdown). RB Andre Brown gained 81 yards on 16 carries and Hillis gained 11 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Brown fumbled the ball away once.

Defensively, the Chargers scored on seven of nine possessions (not counting the final knee-down). The Chargers finished the game 10-of-15 on third down (67 percent) and held a 36:56 to 23:04 time of possession advantage. San Diego also gained 144 yards rushing.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference is available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), TE Adrien Robinson, OL Stephen Goodin, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), LB Allen Bradford, and CB Corey Webster (ankle).

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