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This is the kind of game that changes an entire season. The Giants entered the fourth quarter with a 21-0 lead and completely choked it away. The whole team should be ashamed for this loss, but there are four people who deserve special consideration.

Plaxico Burress quit two different times on the interception that led to the first Tennessee score. He decided the pass was over his head, so he pulled up on his route, which allowed the interception. Then, he hardly even tried to make the tackle - the second time he has done that in three weeks. While Burress’ total lack of effort was a tone setter, the Giants could have escaped it if…

Mattias Kiwanuka didn’t stop playing before the whistle blew. On 4th-and-10 the Titans needed a conversion or the game was over. Kiwanuka broke into the Tennessee backfield and wrapped his arms around Vince Young, but for some reason, didn’t put him on the ground. Young kept playing, Kiwanuka didn’t and the Titans got a crucial first down. The Giants still could have escaped that if…

Eli Manning hadn’t decided to throw a pass off of his back foot. After the Titans tied the game, Manning faced a 2nd-and-1 and when he was forced to scramble, he threw the ball up for grabs instead of out-of-bounds or deciding to eat it. Tennessee intercepted it and took over in Giants territory, which led to the winning drive. Even Manning’s mistake could have been overcome if…

The Giants had a coach who demanded accountability and effort from his players. Coughlin came into town and talked about how injuries were a “state of mind” and he would instill discipline into the team. So coach, how do you explain all the injuries your team has suffered and the fact that players keep taking swipes at you in the press and quit on you on the field? This is not a disciplined team and Coughlin needs to answer for it.

This wasn’t as bad as the collapse against the 49rs in the 2002 playoffs, but it was close. New York never recovered from that loss, bombing out to a 4-12 season that led to the last coaching change. Will this loss translate to the same thing? Stay tuned…

Photo of Jeremy Shockey in the 4th quarter by AP/John Russell