PHILADELPHIA — Two one-win groups battled Thursday for an opportunity at first place of their division, so let’s settle for the premise nothing within the NFC East is smart in 2020.
It was the proper time and place for the Giants to exorcise a demon by getting a win at Lincoln Monetary Discipline.
However previous habits die arduous — particularly when the behavior is shedding.
There would have been no sooner manner for coach Joe Decide to endear himself to Giants followers — it doesn’t matter what else occurs this season — than by proving he can beat the Eagles. Beating Washington final week simply doesn’t carry the identical weight.
However the Eagles prevailed for the eighth straight time on this rivalry, 22-21 with a fourth-quarter comeback — because the Giants blew a double-digit lead on the Linc for the third straight season.
“Undoubtedly that streak is just too lengthy,” stated tight finish Evan Engram, whose dropped pass poured gasoline on the fire. “Immediately was one which we had — we simply didn’t end.”
Decide, quarterback Daniel Jones and a handful of different starters wore blue and white into the home of horrors for the primary time and left with the identical destiny as their predecessors. Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur couldn’t win in Philadelphia, and Odell Beckham Jr. declared “it’s time for all that to show round” two years in the past — however he’s gone, too, and it hasn’t circled.
The Giants haven’t gained right here since 2013.
“We had possibilities to shut out the sport and we didn’t execute,” security Jabrill Peppers stated after permitting the game-winning landing cross. “That’s all it’s. It’s no psychological factor or something like that. We all know it is a recreation we must always’ve gained.”
They now can add Thursday — the one once they squandered an opportunity to place themselves in place for a first-place tie within the division (ought to the Cowboys lose Sunday at Washington) regardless of a disastrous 0-5 begin — to the decade-long checklist of agony.
There was final yr, when the Giants blew a 14-point lead and misplaced in extra time.
Or 2018, when the Giants blew a 16-point lead as Saquon Barkley disappeared from the second-half play-calling.
Or 2017, when the Giants scored 24 fourth-quarter factors and nonetheless misplaced on a 61-yard subject purpose on the finish of regulation.
Or 2016, when the Giants have been delayed from clinching a playoff spot.
Or 2014, when the Eagles pitched their first shutout in 18 years.
Or 2012 or 2010 or … you get the purpose.
How for much longer can it proceed?
Now that 2020 once more is a misplaced trigger, step one towards altering the narrative within the Decide and Jones period might be successful on the Linc subsequent season.