The last time the New York Giants fired a head coach during the season, John McVay was the victim in 1978 after the infamous “Miracle at the Meadowlands.”
Time will only tell if another McVay is involved in the next in-season ousting.
Losers of their fourth consecutive home game, the Giants were humiliated at home by the Los Angeles Rams, drubbed 51-17 by the team coached by Sean McVay, John’s grandson.
The latest embarrassment in a season full of disappointment became the worst loss, by margin of victory, since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010. Previously, the biggest defeat at the New Meadowlands was a 23-0 shutout loss to Seattle in December 2013.
“I’m disappointed. Expected us to come out and play a better football game than we played,” said head coach Ben McAdoo. “We have it in us. It’s my job to get it out of us.”
McAdoo, in his second year as the Giants’ head coach, does not see himself on the hot seat. Asked if he feels his job is on the line, McAdoo replied “Not at all”.
“My situation doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he added. “We have to get ready to play a ball game next week. That’s counterproductive (to talk about my situation).”
Los Angeles (6-2) concluded their resurgent first half in dominating fashion, scoring on each of their first four drives to put the woebegone Giants away early. New York (1-7) shockingly gave themselves a quantum of hope early on.
After allowing a tight end to score on them for the ninth consecutive regular season game, as quarterback Jared Goff found Tyler Higbee from eight yards out on the first drive, the Giants engineered what may have been their best drive of the season. A 14-play, 67-yard drive ended with Eli Manning’s five yard score to receiver Tavarres King, the first regular season touchdown in King’s career.
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The Giants defense stood strong on the next drive, holding Los Angeles to a field goal. But a Wayne Gallman fumble, the Giants’ second of the game after Manning lost one on the opening drive, set Los Angeles up at midfield. The Rams dug themselves into a 3rd and 33 hole thanks to penalties, but on that play, they subjected Giants fans to a new most embarassing play of the season.
A simple screen pass to receiver Robert Woods became disastrous, as solid blocking allowed Woods to score a 52-yard touchdown, taking away any fight left in the Giants. The touchdown made the score 17-7, but as the Giants’ play afterwards more or less ended the game.
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“Everybody just overpursued. We thought he was going to push to keep it strong,” explained safety Landon Collins “(Woods) cut it back. We had nobody playing backdoor on that screen.”
The Giants offense remained stagnant afterwards, while the Rams added a 67-yard Goff touchdown to receiver Sammy Watkins to create a 24-7 lead. The teams exchanged field goals for the rest of the half, though the Giants still managed to further embarrass themselves with a Manning interception and a missed Aldrick Rosas field goal as halftime hit.
Further horrors awaited the Giants and their fans in the second half, as the Rams went up and down the field at will, opening the second half with two quick scores. A one-yard run by running back Todd Gurley opened things up on the first drive of the half, while Goff found a wide open Woods for the second time, completing a 45-yard drive that took just four plays.
The Rams scored their final touchdown late in the period, blocking a Brad Wing punt to set themselves up at the New York 18. Three players later, Gurley scored from four yards out, allowing the Rams to call off the dogs.
Despite the disaster, the Giants were able to make some worthwhile history on the form of Manning. With a 37-yard pass to Sterling Shepard, Manning became the seventh quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 50,000 yards. One play later, he found tight end Evan Engram for the latter’s fourth touchdown of the year, creating a 48-17 score.
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With Sean Mannion subbing for Goff, the Rams added one more Greg Zuerlein field goal to cap the day’s scoring.
Needing just 14 completions on 22 attempts, Goff threw a quartet of touchdowns, two to Woods, who led all Rams receivers with 70 yards.
On the other side, Engram matched that total, albeit with only one score. Eli Manning was subbed out of the final drive for Geno Smith, capping a 20-for-36, 220 yard day. Manning to manage to make some history on the day, becoming just the seventh quarterback to do so. On the day, the Giants were outgained 473-319 by the Rams.
“Offensively, we’ve got to do a better job protecting the football. We can’t give a team short field position and make it easy on them and tough on our defense,” Manning said. “We’re just going to keep grinding. We’re going to keep fighting. We’ve got eight games left. We’ve got a lot of football, and can only get better. We can only go up, but that’s going to come with work.”
The Giants hit the road to complete an NFC West trio next week, visiting the 49ers in Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon (4:25 PM, FOX).