The overwhelming sense coming out of New York this morning is that the Giants hardly look like a playoff team, let alone the defending Super Bowl champion. Here is what some of the New York media are saying about the Ravens' 33-14 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Sam Borden, New York Times
"The emotional spectrum was wide in the Giants’ locker room late Sunday as a humbled group of men snatched at oversize suits and half-knotted ties before stalking toward the door. Many seemed to be moving quicker than they had all day, and their haste made it appear as if they were, understandably, trying to run from their humiliation as fast as possible.
Some of the players were angry about the 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a thorough defeat that all but trashed the Giants’ playoff chances. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was one of those fighting off rage, and he likened the Giants’ play to a group of players going out and collectively urinating on their own legs. ...
The most common sentiment, though, and one that is most likely shared by many Giants fans, was confusion. Three weeks ago, the Giants were in first place, a force in the N.F.C., a legitimate threat to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Now, after a second straight blowout loss, they are on the verge of being irrelevant. "
Kieran Darcy, ESPN New York.com
"The numbers are simply stunning.
A week after being shut out by the Falcons, the Giants were even worse against the Ravens on Sunday. Yes, they put up 14 points. But half of those came during garbage time in the fourth quarter, with the score 33-7 and the outcome no longer in doubt.
The Giants had 256 yards of offense against Atlanta. Against Baltimore, they accumulated just 186 -- and 80 of those came on that final, inconsequential drive....
Last year in Week 16, needing to beat the Jets to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Giants were sparked by a 99-yard touchdown by (Victor) Cruz. There were no plays like that in Week 16 this year. Just two weeks after scoring 52 points against the Saints, the Giants' offense has disintegrated."
Gary Myers, New York Daily News
"This was no way for the Giants to defend their Super Bowl championship, going down without a fight the last two weeks. Where was the pride? Where was the sense of urgency? Where was the ability to rise above adversity and impose their will?
Where were the Giants?
Almost 11 months ago, Tom Coughlin stood on the podium in the middle of a wild scene on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium with confetti coming down from the rafters as the Giants celebrated their second championship in five seasons.
There wasn’t a happier man in America.
Coughlin was back on a podium Sunday night. But this was in a small room off to the side of the Giants locker room as a bewildered Coughlin — not a good trait for a head coach — admitted he had no answers for the way his team embarrassed itself again, this time 33-14 to the Ravens after last week’s 34-0 loss in Atlanta."
Tom Pedulla, New York Times
"In the final, furious games of last season, opponents came to dread the sight of the Giants’ defense. Quarterbacks wanted to look away when they stared at what had evolved into a game-changing front four. On the rare occasion when they had time to peer downfield, they found receivers blanketed.
Recent results suggest the same defense no longer causes high anxiety. For a Baltimore offense that had sputtered so often that the coordinator Cam Cameron was fired Dec. 10, the Giants’ arrival provided a jump-start for what had been a punchless team mired in a three-game losing streak."
Ebenezer Samuel, New York Daily News
"They held the fate of their season in their hands. And they dropped it.
A season that began with so much promise is now out of the Giants’ control after Sunday’s brutal 33-14 loss to the Ravens.
The defending Super Bowl champions gave yet another listless, passionless performance, and lost control of their playoff destiny. They will now have to beat the Eagles in the season finale and get help to have a chance at defending their title.
It was their fifth loss in their last seven games, their second straight blowout, and their most painful blow of the season.
Suddenly, the champs are playoff longshots."
Paul Schwartz, New York Post
"The Giants are not officially eliminated from playoff contention but, based on the way they performed in last night’s limp 33-14 loss to the Ravens and the way they are closing out the season, does it really even matter?
The Giants look like a shot team, a team ready to close up shop and head home, rather than a defending Super Bowl champion gearing for another post-season push. The Ravens came in on a three-game losing streak but they had no trouble getting back on track, clinching the NFC North division by toying with the Giants from start to finish."