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Most Heartbreaking Regular Season Loss

Chris684 : 11/8/2018 10:29 am
I know there have been many, but this one is up there for me.

Giants @ Rams week 5 2001. The Giants entered StL with a healthy 3-1 record although they were dealing with everything going on after the events of 9/11. This loss was followed up with another TV breaker the next week with a 1 point loss to Philly that helped derail what could have been a promising season.

Watching the highlights linked below a few things stand out.

The original Fox broadcast with Madden and Summerall is the height of football watching enjoyment for me as a fan. It is sad that those days are gone. Those old NFC matchups with those 2 guys in the booth and the Fox NFL music which has always been the best, is it for me.

I think that game was one of the most dominant individual performances I've ever seen by a player. Strahan was literally camped in the StL backfield all day and there was nothing they could do about it.

Ron Dayne looked good and pretty thin in a few of his highlighted carries, lol.

I forgot that Faulk fumbled twice in this game.

I miss Jessie Armstead and having a LB of his quality.

Kerry Collins was a very good Giant. I know that the SB leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth, but I appreciate the mini/mildly successful run we had with him.

I always remembered that last pick by Wistrom was bad luck but I had forgotten we were basically in FG range when it happened. I was 18 years old and a senior in HS when this game was played and I remember being sick over it for a full week, this was a reminder of why.


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RE: Only remember parts of it  
Anakim : 11/8/2018 11:52 am : link
In comment 14168894 dep026 said:
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but the night where the Cowboys beat the Giants after recovering an onside kick and having Quincy Fucking Carter beat us.


Seeing Parcells celebrate was disgusting
bah  
Greg from LI : 11/8/2018 11:53 am : link
I meant Cundiff kicked a 52 yarder to tie, not win
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SFGFNCGiantsFan : 11/8/2018 11:56 am : link
Probably an underrated one, but Giants Rams in 2001. The Giants knocked the hell out of Warner that game, but lost 15-14. Tough loss.
RE: ...  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 11/8/2018 11:56 am : link
In comment 14168950 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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Probably an underrated one, but Giants Rams in 2001. The Giants knocked the hell out of Warner that game, but lost 15-14. Tough loss.


LOL. The OP listed it.
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SFGFNCGiantsFan : 11/8/2018 11:58 am : link
Some other ones that come to mind:

02 vs. Titans.
06 vs. Titans.
'10 vs. Eagles. Jackson game.
Ha!  
ArizonaBlue : 11/8/2018 11:58 am : link
I forgot about the Kurt Kittner game. Holy crap. Didn't some crappy Ohio State QB who played for the Bears beat that '03 team as well or was that a different year?
RE: Ha!  
NYG07 : 11/8/2018 11:59 am : link
In comment 14168954 ArizonaBlue said:
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I forgot about the Kurt Kittner game. Holy crap. Didn't some crappy Ohio State QB who played for the Bears beat that '03 team as well or was that a different year?


That was 2004. Craig Krenzel. Awful loss
Rams 2001  
JonC : 11/8/2018 12:00 pm : link
included a personal foul, I believe on Dayne, for lowering the helmet to deliver a blow, a huge shitty call.

If a game ever felt rigged, that was one.
RE: Rams 2001  
Jay on the Island : 11/8/2018 12:02 pm : link
In comment 14168959 JonC said:
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included a personal foul, I believe on Dayne, for lowering the helmet to deliver a blow, a huge shitty call.

If a game ever felt rigged, that was one.

Didn't Strahan have 3-4 sacks in that game?
RE: RE: Rams 2001  
JonC : 11/8/2018 12:04 pm : link
In comment 14168963 Jay on the Island said:
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In comment 14168959 JonC said:


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included a personal foul, I believe on Dayne, for lowering the helmet to deliver a blow, a huge shitty call.

If a game ever felt rigged, that was one.


Didn't Strahan have 3-4 sacks in that game?


4, I believe. He was otherworldly, Giants deserved the win.
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Danny Kanell : 11/8/2018 12:04 pm : link
Desean Jackson was #1 but the Emmitt Smith shoulder game was a close 2nd for me.
RE: Anak, great call on that 2006 Kiwi/Young game.  
figgy2989 : 11/8/2018 12:07 pm : link
In comment 14168921 Big Blue '56 said:
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Iwas so incensed that I quit the Giants and BBI-for a day..

Toughest ever regular season loss for me, bar none. The worst ever playoff loss was the 1997 Vikes meltdown game


I was at that Titans game and there were a ton of Giants fans in attendance. Worst experience ever at an away game having to walk across that bridge to head back to downtown Nashville.
For me, there are 3 that stand out...  
shockeyisthebest8056 : 11/8/2018 12:08 pm : link
- DeSean Jackson game: They went from being in position to clinch a bye to out of the playoffs in a blink of an eye. Kenny Phillips missed a tackle, Aaron Ross didn't keep contain on Mike Vick, and Matt Dodge just existed.

- Seattle '05 game: They played GREAT that fucking day and pretty much should've won the game 3 freakin' times. Led to an unfunny SNL skit... "The Long Ride Home: The Jay Feely Story". Jay Feely skit

- Brian Westbrook punt return game: I just remember my then gf/now wife saying, "You're taking this loss really well." I responded, "I knew they were going to lose." But to see it happen was still shocking.

Garnes was flagged for PI on a 3rd and 8 on the Rams' final drive  
Greg from LI : 11/8/2018 12:11 pm : link
They scored to take the lead on the very next play.
RE: There were eleven seconds on the clock at the kickoff  
shockeyisthebest8056 : 11/8/2018 12:12 pm : link
In comment 14168935 Greg from LI said:
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There were so many ridiculous losses in 2003 before the injuries piled up and the players just gave up. They lost 17-6 to the eventual champion Patriots despite holding them to 220 total yards, because of 5 turnovers. Lost to the Dolphins 23-10 despite holding them to 280 yards because. again, four turnovers. Somehow were blown out by the shitty Falcons 27-7 in a game where the immortal Kurt Kittner threw a whopping 65 yards against them on 9-23 passing.


Tiki Barber fumbled 9000 times that year (accurate number, don't Google it though) and Kerry Collins sucked.

Weren't there 3 or 4 "Kurt Kittner"-type losses during the Fassel era? Didn't they lose to Doug Johnson or someone like that?
The Browns MNF game in 2008 pissed me off  
Anakim : 11/8/2018 12:12 pm : link
Undefeated heading into that game. Coming off a Super Bowl victory. And you get destroyed by the fucking Browns!?!?
Just watched the highlights  
Kyle in NY : 11/8/2018 12:13 pm : link
linked in the OP of the Rams game. Garnes and Dayne penalties were both lame
RE: The Browns MNF game in 2008 pissed me off  
shockeyisthebest8056 : 11/8/2018 12:14 pm : link
In comment 14168984 Anakim said:
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Undefeated heading into that game. Coming off a Super Bowl victory. And you get destroyed by the fucking Browns!?!?


Best game of Braylon Edwards' otherwise forgettable career.
yes, they lost to Doug Johnson in 2002  
Greg from LI : 11/8/2018 12:16 pm : link
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RE: RE: RE: There are many.  
bw in dc : 11/8/2018 12:19 pm : link
In comment 14168902 truebluelarry said:
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Ugh - I remember that! Completely tilted the game toward Dallas.

The other thing I clearly remember from this game (I was there in my end zone seats) was that Jumbo Elliot played his ass off despite being in tremendous back pain. We walked to the huddle after every play stiff as a board, he could barely move. But once he got into his stance he fired off like he was playing SB XXV against Bruce Smith. Emmett Smith got all the accolades for playing the game with the shoulder injury, while Elliott's was completely ignored. Truly unfair.


Thatís right. Elliott was a warrior that day. I think it still lingered into the playoffs. And what a horrible conclusion to that year - having Watters score 100 TDs in the catastrophe at Candlestick.

I donít recall specifically but I think that Williams call negated a good play and made it like 2nd down and forever. Completely flipped any field position advantage.
RE: Just watched the highlights  
Greg from LI : 11/8/2018 12:20 pm : link
In comment 14168986 Kyle in NY said:
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linked in the OP of the Rams game. Garnes and Dayne penalties were both lame


After watching, the Dayne call was really weak. Garnes WAS holding. Ball was probably never going to be caught anyway but that one gets flagged most of the time.
RE: yes, they lost to Doug Johnson in 2002  
Anakim : 11/8/2018 12:22 pm : link
In comment 14168990 Greg from LI said:
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Not as bad as losing to Kurt Kittner and Tim Hasselbeck
Was at that game  
RinR : 11/8/2018 12:26 pm : link
In comment 14168935 Greg from LI said:
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Somehow were blown out by the shitty Falcons 27-7 in a game where the immortal Kurt Kittner threw a whopping 65 yards against them on 9-23 passing.


Went in all confident; came out stunned.
RE: RE: There are many.  
holmancomedown : 11/8/2018 12:34 pm : link
In comment 14168891 bw in dc said:
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In comment 14168846 truebluelarry said:

If I recall that POS bronco flunky mark jackson dropped a sure fire TD IN THE ENDZONE ! we had to settle for a field goal
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1/2/94 vs Dallas - I still say the Giants would have made it to the Super Bowl this year had they won this game and had the bye week with home field advantage.





That was a brutal, brutal loss. The stars were aligned that day - division on the line, at home, record crowd, cold, Hampton playing, Smith got hurt, etc.

After having a dreadful first half - Simms was atrocious - reeled off 13 unanswered points to send the game into OT.

Then that f-cking bullsh-t chop block call on Williams in overtime was a killer...
RE: RE: Just watched the highlights  
Kyle in NY : 11/8/2018 12:39 pm : link
In comment 14168999 Greg from LI said:
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In comment 14168986 Kyle in NY said:


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linked in the OP of the Rams game. Garnes and Dayne penalties were both lame



After watching, the Dayne call was really weak. Garnes WAS holding. Ball was probably never going to be caught anyway but that one gets flagged most of the time.


Yeah more so just a completely unnecessary penalty by Garnes
Surprised no one had mentioned it.  
Ron from Ninerland : 11/8/2018 12:43 pm : link
2017, game 5, Giants loss to the Chargers. That was the game in which OBJ and everyone else was injured. I thought at the time it was the worst regular season loss the Giants ever had and I still think so. Not only did that eliminate any chance they had at the playoffs, but in my mind it was the final nail in the coffin in Eli's career. He was doomed to another meaningless season and would probably have nothing left, as has been proven true in 2018.


Second place would be that horrible Jet loss in 1988.
and yet they still probably win the game if Jurevicius holds on to the  
Greg from LI : 11/8/2018 12:56 pm : link
ball. That catch put them in makeable FG range already and would have given them a first down. Just over a minute to go, the Rams only had one timeout left, so the Giants could have bled the clock and kicked a game winner. Such a disappointing game.
Three come to mind, in no particular order  
sb from NYT Forum : 11/8/2018 1:05 pm : link
Victor Cruz knee game against Philly (fuckers)

2nd Philly 2008 game (Hixon dropping that TD, goddammit)

1988 regular season finale vs. Jets. More frustrating than heartbreaking, because it seemed the whole team was sleep walking except for Simms. But heartbreaking because Giants ended up not making the playoffs because they lost.
RE: There were eleven seconds on the clock at the kickoff  
an_idol_mind : 11/8/2018 1:08 pm : link
In comment 14168935 Greg from LI said:
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ELEVEN. Matt Bryant, who ended up having a helluva career for other teams that's still going on, kicks it out of bounds to give Dallas the ball at the 40 without a second running off the clock. Quincy fucking Carter of all people throws a 26 yard pass to Antonio Bryant with four seconds to go, and Cundiff kicks a 52 yard FG to win, because of course no one ever misses a 50+ kick that will prevent the Giants from winning.


It's always worth remembering that the Giants had 1st and 10 on the Cowboys 17 with 14 seconds left and two timeouts just before that field goal. Dallas only had one timeout left.

If the Giants had run the ball one more time or even just kneeled, they could have forced Dallas to call their last timeout or called one themselves to ensure that Bryant's field goal try would be the last play of the game. Instead Fassel deliberately left time on the clock because he was so shell-shocked by the 49ers debacle in the playoffs that he was afraid of a bad snap.

That game was one of the clearest signs I've ever seen that a coach needs to go. When your disappointing losses have left you so shell-shocked that they affect a simple decision like that, you can't be an effective head coach.
Tim Hasselbeck had only one good game in his career  
Anakim : 11/8/2018 1:08 pm : link
Guess who it was against?
Another killer play in the game I linked above  
Chris684 : 11/8/2018 1:28 pm : link
is the fumble Strahan causes while at the same time being held, we do not recover. We would have fallen on it in FG range and at worst should have made the score 17-9.

1988 Game 2 of the season  
jvm52106 : 11/8/2018 1:44 pm : link
and the Giants with a late lead over the 49ers blew a late pass to Rice for a 70 plus yard TD. Giants lose. That loss had two big ramifications for the Giants, 49ers and the NFL.

1) That loss kept the Giants in a tie with the Eagles and as such lose the East because of the Tie.

2) It meant both the Giants and 49ers would finish the year tied at 10-6, Giants lost out of the Wild Card spot.

3) Because of that win the 49ers were able to qualify for the playoffs and thus end up winning the SB. A Giants win would have meant the East was theirs, they would be in the playoffs and the 49ers would have been out.
RE: There were eleven seconds on the clock at the kickoff  
LS : 11/8/2018 1:48 pm : link
In comment 14168935 Greg from LI said:
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ELEVEN. Matt Bryant, who ended up having a helluva career for other teams that's still going on, kicks it out of bounds to give Dallas the ball at the 40 without a second running off the clock. Quincy fucking Carter of all people throws a 26 yard pass to Antonio Bryant with four seconds to go, and Cundiff kicks a 52 yard FG to win, because of course no one ever misses a 50+ kick that will prevent the Giants from winning.

There were so many ridiculous losses in 2003 before the injuries piled up and the players just gave up. They lost 17-6 to the eventual champion Patriots despite holding them to 220 total yards, because of 5 turnovers. Lost to the Dolphins 23-10 despite holding them to 280 yards because. again, four turnovers. Somehow were blown out by the shitty Falcons 27-7 in a game where the immortal Kurt Kittner threw a whopping 65 yards against them on 9-23 passing.


And if I am remembering correctly, there were only 11 seconds left because the Giants stopped the clock at about 15 before the field goal. Then again, I was so pissed off, I might have imagined it.
1988  
Giants86 : 11/8/2018 1:55 pm : link
San Francisco 42 seconds left and Montana hits Rice as Collins and Hill bump into each other.

1988 let up last drive to The Jets to lose the division and playoffs

1985 two times to Dallas, we were the better team. Dumb turnovers.

So many lol....
RE: RE: There were eleven seconds on the clock at the kickoff  
LS : 11/8/2018 2:05 pm : link
In comment 14169116 LS said:
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In comment 14168935 Greg from LI said:


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ELEVEN. Matt Bryant, who ended up having a helluva career for other teams that's still going on, kicks it out of bounds to give Dallas the ball at the 40 without a second running off the clock. Quincy fucking Carter of all people throws a 26 yard pass to Antonio Bryant with four seconds to go, and Cundiff kicks a 52 yard FG to win, because of course no one ever misses a 50+ kick that will prevent the Giants from winning.

There were so many ridiculous losses in 2003 before the injuries piled up and the players just gave up. They lost 17-6 to the eventual champion Patriots despite holding them to 220 total yards, because of 5 turnovers. Lost to the Dolphins 23-10 despite holding them to 280 yards because. again, four turnovers. Somehow were blown out by the shitty Falcons 27-7 in a game where the immortal Kurt Kittner threw a whopping 65 yards against them on 9-23 passing.



And if I am remembering correctly, there were only 11 seconds left because the Giants stopped the clock at about 15 before the field goal. Then again, I was so pissed off, I might have imagined it.


Yup, looked it up. Tiki ran for a first down with 14 seconds left to the Dallas 12. Giants call an immediate timeout and kick the field goal. I remember hollering why call it so quick?
1990 MNF at Candlestick. 7-3 loss.  
Big Blue Blogger : 11/8/2018 2:31 pm : link
Total war between two great 10-1 teams, with home field at stake. Meant even more because Montana, great as he was, didnít have the arm for Giants Stadium in January. The 49ers had lost two playoff games there in the 80s by a combined score of 66-6.
RE: 1988 Game 2 of the season  
bw in dc : 11/8/2018 2:33 pm : link
In comment 14169106 jvm52106 said:
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and the Giants with a late lead over the 49ers blew a late pass to Rice for a 70 plus yard TD. Giants lose. That loss had two big ramifications for the Giants, 49ers and the NFL.

1) That loss kept the Giants in a tie with the Eagles and as such lose the East because of the Tie.

2) It meant both the Giants and 49ers would finish the year tied at 10-6, Giants lost out of the Wild Card spot.

3) Because of that win the 49ers were able to qualify for the playoffs and thus end up winning the SB. A Giants win would have meant the East was theirs, they would be in the playoffs and the 49ers would have been out.


Good points. The NFC was brutal in the Ď80s. The juggernaut conference.

Not only didnít the Giants qualify in Ď88, but neither did the Saints and Rams at 10-6.

Meanwhile, 10-6 easily would have qualified in the AFC. Seattle won the AFCW at 9-7.
RE: 1988  
jvm52106 : 11/8/2018 2:34 pm : link
In comment 14168907 JonC said:
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LT blocks a punt, Clyde Simmons scoops it up for a TD, Eagles win.

Jerry Rice TD with 42 seconds left pulls out a win at Giants Stadium.


Blocks a FG.
Eagles 2010, Seattle 2005 are 1 and 2 for me  
Dave in Hoboken : 11/8/2018 2:42 pm : link
but have already been mentioned.

I didn't read the entire thread, but I didn't see the 2006 home game against the Bears. We were 6-2 going into that game and nearly got doubled up (38-20) at home. Devin Hester returned a weak Feely FG for a 108 yard TD, too. Thomas Jones running almost untouched to convert a 3rd and 22. Extremely frustrating. Two ridiculous plays right there and that's just off the top of my head.
RE: 1988  
shyster : 11/8/2018 2:49 pm : link
In comment 14169128 Giants86 said:
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San Francisco 42 seconds left and Montana hits Rice as Collins and Hill bump into each other.


Steve Young played the entire first half of that game because Bill Walsh wasn't sure Joe Montana should be his starting QB.

Joe Montana, two-time SB MVP with two more to come.

Montana didn't say a word, didn't cry. When his number was called for the second half, he went in and won the game.
RE: RE: 1988  
BIG FRED 1973 : 11/8/2018 3:14 pm : link
In comment 14169216 shyster said:
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In comment 14169128 Giants86 said:


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San Francisco 42 seconds left and Montana hits Rice as Collins and Hill bump into each other.




Steve Young played the entire first half of that game because Bill Walsh wasn't sure Joe Montana should be his starting QB.

Joe Montana, two-time SB MVP with two more to come.

Montana didn't say a word, didn't cry. When his number was called for the second half, he went in and won the game.
I remember leaving the stadium and walking down the spiral walkway and their was a huge fire in the parking lot by the practice field right near where me and dad parked ,it was one of those blue dumpsters as someone must of thrown hot coals in there lol .
RE: RE: 1988  
Giants86 : 11/8/2018 3:49 pm : link
In comment 14169216 shyster said:
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In comment 14169128 Giants86 said:


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San Francisco 42 seconds left and Montana hits Rice as Collins and Hill bump into each other.



yes remember it well. still bothers me that game.





Steve Young played the entire first half of that game because Bill Walsh wasn't sure Joe Montana should be his starting QB.

Joe Montana, two-time SB MVP with two more to come.

Montana didn't say a word, didn't cry. When his number was called for the second half, he went in and won the game.
RE: There were eleven seconds on the clock at the kickoff  
Giants86 : 11/8/2018 3:53 pm : link
In comment 14168935 Greg from LI said:
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ELEVEN. Matt Bryant, who ended up having a helluva career for other teams that's still going on, kicks it out of bounds to give Dallas the ball at the 40 without a second running off the clock. Quincy fucking Carter of all people throws a 26 yard pass to Antonio Bryant with four seconds to go, and Cundiff kicks a 52 yard FG to win, because of course no one ever misses a 50+ kick that will prevent the Giants from winning.

There were so many ridiculous losses in 2003 before the injuries piled up and the players just gave up. They lost 17-6 to the eventual champion Patriots despite holding them to 220 total yards, because of 5 turnovers. Lost to the Dolphins 23-10 despite holding them to 280 yards because. again, four turnovers. Somehow were blown out by the shitty Falcons 27-7 in a game where the immortal Kurt Kittner threw a whopping 65 yards against them on 9-23 passing.


I remember that Pats game. It was in the rain. Collins had Tiki in the back of the end zone wide open and Tiki slipped. Crappy pass interference call on a deep throw by Brady also. Tiki fumbled 2-3 times that game..
How about losing the 2001 season finale  
Chris684 : 11/8/2018 4:01 pm : link
on a trick play that almost went the distance?

Infuriating.
Is the original game discussed in this post...  
Giantfan in skinland : 11/8/2018 4:02 pm : link
also the game where the Giants got hosed with a "tackling by the helmet" call?
RE: RE: 1988  
JonC : 11/8/2018 4:21 pm : link
In comment 14169198 jvm52106 said:
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In comment 14168907 JonC said:


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LT blocks a punt, Clyde Simmons scoops it up for a TD, Eagles win.

Jerry Rice TD with 42 seconds left pulls out a win at Giants Stadium.



Blocks a FG.


Yup, typo. Poor multi-tasker at times.
three 1988 losses haunt me  
hassan : 11/8/2018 7:04 pm : link
the loss to the jets

the eagles home game

the 49er game was the biggest gut punch though.

that giant team wins sb if they win one of those games

also being 13 and not being numbed to losing after the good years then the 87 disappointment i was in tears when the giants did not qualify for playoffs after the rams beat the 9ers.

iím a little thicker skinned now...
Loss to Rams in 1970 season final game  
Steve in South Jersey : 11/8/2018 7:12 pm : link
the playoffs would have meant so much during those dark years.
RE: Another meltdown at the end against the Eagles  
Bramton1 : 11/8/2018 8:37 pm : link
In comment 14168861 LawrenceTaylor56 said:
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was the Brian Westbrook punt return at the end of regulation I believe.


That game would be my pick, because it was a game I was there for. Giants offense wasn't moving the ball well that game, but the Eagles were even worse. The Giants defense was DOMINATING them. The Eagles had only 135 yards of total offense. McNabb had only 64 yards. When the Giants punted back to the Eagles with 1:34 to go, I didn't think there was a chance in hell that the Eagles drove down and scored, not even a game-tying field goal. And then Brian Westbrook happened. And everyone left the stadium in SILENCE.

Both teams were 2-3 going into the game. The Giants went 2-8 the rest of the way. The Eagles didn't lose again until December 21, and made it to the NFC Championship Game.
RE: 12/19/10 vs the Philly trash  
BlueHurricane : 11/8/2018 9:05 pm : link
In comment 14168821 BIG FRED 1973 said:
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is easily # 1 .My second is Week 16 1988 vs the Jets .That game still bothers me


^this
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