New York Giants fans are starting to get tired of their NFC East opponents from Philadelphia, as the Eagles have won eight of the last nine matchups between the two squads. On Sunday, a Lawrence Tynes field goal in the final seconds came up just short in New York's 19-17 loss.
The loss was a tough one to stomach, as the two squads traded scores for most of the second half, but New York couldn't find a way to answer on its final drive when a pass interference call bumped the offense out of field goal range. Jesse Bartolis highlighted a variety of things that went wrong in analyzing five key plays over at Big Blue View, from the team's poor second-half run defense on Lesean McCoy to Eli Manning's unwise red zone interception to start the fourth quarter, but Ramses Barden's penalty obviously found its way under the microscope:
Tynes has been automatic this year and I have no doubt that without the pass interference call, Tynes splits the uprights. The one thing I would not do is blame the play on Barden. Eli threw the ball too far inside on that play and Barden was put in a bad position. If he doesn't climb over [Nnamdi] Asmougha that might be an interception.
Bartolis was quick to move on from the unfortunate result to look at the bigger picture when it came to the rivalry with the Eagles:
It feels like I should make some snarky comment about how the Giants have the most Super Bowl titles in the entire NFL since 1987 and how I have as many Super Bowl victories from my couch as the Eagles have in their franchise history, but that would be lazy, immature analysis. And I'm a mature adult.
The Giants' title defense is off to a shaky start, as they're 2-2 with a pair of losses to NFC East opponents.