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If you only caught the last three minutes of the Giants game you would blame the defense for their 24-21 loss. After all, the Giants marched down the field and scored a touchdown and two-point conversion with 1:21 left in the game only to see the Vikings drive down and kick the winning field goal. However, if you saw the whole game you saw a miserable performance by the offense coupled with a putrid performance by the special teams, five Giants turnovers and nine penalties.

And with that miserable performance the Giants season crashed back to earth. For a team with playoff aspirations, it is hard to figure out how they could come out of the gate so flat. Willie Ponder fumbled the opening kickoff, which set the tone for the whole game. Eli Manning was terrible, missing receivers and throwing four interceptions. Only the defense kept them in the game, shutting down Minnesota time and again and giving the offense a chance to tie the game.

The only positive news on Sunday was that the Redskins lost. If Philadelphia can beat Dallas tonight the Giants will still have sole possession of first place with the Eagles coming to town on Sunday.

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