That didn't take long. Minutes after the Giant’s embarrassing loss to the Packers, the media along with twitter targeted Odell Beckham and (as Sip Bayless called it), the "Yacht Club”. The now infamous trip to Miami on the team's off day to party with the likes of Justin Bieber and Johnny Manziel is "kind of the elephant in the room," said Fox Sports' Joe Buck during the Fox broadcast. His broadcast partner Troy Aikman commented that he didn't think the shirtless picture from the yacht with the Timberlands was a very bright idea. After Beckham and Sterling Shepard each dropped two passes in the first quarter, the Bieber twitter jokes started flying, and they haven't stopped. But that’s not the only reason (the dropped passes, not the trip) the Giants lost.
The Giants lost because after dominating the Packers for most of the first half, an Aaron Rodgers-to-Randall Cobb 42-yard scoring strike capped a frenzied final 2:20 of the first half that changed the game as the Packers wound up sprinting away from the Giants over the last two quarters resulting in an embarrassing 38-13 loss, knocking them out of the NFC playoffs. They lost because Rodgers absolutely shredded the Giants’ stout defense, throwing for 362 yards and 4 touchdowns. They lost because Paul Perkins didn’t play through the whistle. They lost because Bobby Rainey forgot the kick off rule. They lost because Ereck Flowers is the worst left tackle in the NFL. They lost because they can’t run the football. They lost because the Packers are a better team. Regardless of what the Yacht Club did with their free time, the Giants would have needed a big time performance to upset the Packers. They were after all, favored.
It was a frustrating game for any Giants fan. After watching the defense put pressure on Rodgers early, we saw a total collapse after the “Hail Mary”. After watching the 4 sacks, we watched Rodgers slipping one defender after another getting up to 10 seconds in the pocket before completing pass after pass. After watching Eli playing one of his best games of the year, we saw receivers dropping passes, two for what appeared to be touchdowns (after watching what appeared to be a long scoring drive, we saw a failed short-yardage situation. (a questionable substitution by Ben McAdoo). After watching seldom used wide receiver Tavarres King make a great 41 yard touchdown reception. We never saw him line up for the remainder of the game.
The Giants' first playoff stint in five seasons is kaput after one game. They conclude their first season under McAdoo at 11-6, the offense having failed the defense one last time. After 2 6-10 seasons we do have something to look forward too. With a young, talented defense and plenty of projected cap space, the Giants should be playoff contenders again in 2017. But they have to fix their offense, and they must do plenty of soul-searching to figure out how, while Odell Beckham will have to bear the brunt of all the Miami backlash for an entire offseason.
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