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OBJ Goes Heel As Giants Drop Another Winnable Game To Cam’s Panthers


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If you follow me on Twitter, you know my pain is real. You’d be hard pressed to find a Giants fan that wasn’t embarrassed by Odell Beckham’s antics. The Giants provided us with one of the biggest, best comebacks of all-time only to let the opposition drive right down the field in the last 2 minutes to win the game. What’s sad is how predictable the outcomes have become. Anyone familiar with this season knew as soon as Odell scored with 1:40 left in the 4th that the G-Men would find a way to lose. When it’s all said and done, there were 3 plays that ultimately cost Big Blue the W: 1) Odell dropping that sure touchdown in the first, 2) DRC dropping that pick six, and 3) Eli throws an interception in the end zone. You get those 21 points and it’s an entirely different ballgame.

For whatever reason, a lot of pundits were predicting a Giants upset…

But, I have to be honest. I lost the faith. And so did the thousands of fans who started filing out of MetLife with more than 5 minutes left in the third quarter and Carolina up 35-7. I’ve never left a game early, but I probably wouldn’t protest if offered. I can’t blame the fans. How can you support a team that lets Odell Beckham Jr do what he did without consequences?

I’ve never seen a meltdown as bad as Odell’s. I wouldn’t be shocked or upset if he got suspended for a game or two. His behavior was petty and outlandish and just plain rotten. No one would disagree with a stern punishment either from the league or the team. That being said, why was Eli not throwing him the ball for 3 quarters? Beckham got the best of Josh Norman numerous times and Eli failed to look his way. You have to wonder if Odell would’ve continued to pull those deplorable tactics if he just caught a few more balls here and there. Still, there’s no excuse for what he did. He could’ve and should’ve had like 10 more flags thrown his way. Even the touchdown dance was excessive and deserved 15 yards.

You’d think with his Christmas cleats, he’d have a more loving spirit.

I’m surprised Josh Norman didn’t attack Odell after the game. He did let people know what he thought about the record-breaking receiver, though.

Eli was erratic. The interception in the end zone thing is a really nasty habit. Gotta quit that. However, he did toss 4 scores.

Rashad Jennings had his first 100 yard game of the season. It’s Week 15 btw. It’s good to see #23 running hard. The past 2 weeks might just secure his job.

I almost forgot Rueben Randle played for the Giants, yet he had 4 catches for 47 yards and a score. Something tells me even the Panthers forgot and that’s how Rueben got open.

Will Tye the Touchdown Guy seems to be getting more comfortable with Eli. I’d still like to see him run seam routes for bigger gains.

Vereen actually led the team with 8 catches, but for only 43 yards. I like that Eli is turning to him more often, I’d just like to see deeper routes; something a little more inventive then run 5 yards and turn around.

Yet again, the defense fails at the most critical juncture. You stop Carolina on enough consecutive series to allow for the furious comeback then can’t make a play on the last drive?

Prince Amukamara kept getting burned. Uani Unga kept getting burned. It’s crazy to me that teams don’t absolutely pick Unga apart when he’s on the field. The current crop of Giants linebackers are not getting the job done. With Devon Kennard out, it’s the by far the weakest corps on the team.

JPP batted down a ball and could’ve batted down another if he had fingers.

He also notched his first sack of the season. I still think it’s hard for the Giants to bring him back next season.

Robert Ayers Jr. got another sack then stupidly danced afterwards. He must’ve known the Giants were on the verge of mounting a rally.

DRC drops yet another pick six…

…but does come up huge with the blocked field goal.

The Giants pass rush was probably the most effective all season and that’s not saying much. They were able to get to Cam, but it wasn’t enough.

I don’t understand why Spags kept dialing blitzes from the outside. I take that back. I guess I can see trying to bottle up and contain Cam by coming from the outside, but Cam ended up escaping anyway. Why not blitz the A gaps like every other team does to the Giants offense? Bliz up the middle and then definitely, 100%, for sure put a frickin’ spy on Cam. Like, that had to be priority #1 and instead he scrambles 8 times for a hundo. Plain garbage.

At 6-8, the Giants have been eliminated from wild card contention and have to win the East to advance to the playoffs. With Washington and Philly heating up, I don’t see a division title in Big Blue’s future.

UP NEXT: at Minnesota, Sunday night on NBC

A lot of people are comparing this loss to the undefeated Panthers to the ’07 loss to New England and the ’11 loss to the Packers. I’m not buying it, folks. That’s desperate talk. People over-reaching for something to hold onto. Yes, Minnesota will be without AP. Maybe New York uses this defeat as a springboard. But the ’15 Giants have a way of flubbing it up.

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