Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Grave Condition

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Grave Condition

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- The mass exodus began before DeSean Jackson had even finished dancing, a final insult they could not stomach.

The MetLife Stadium crowd turned their backs on his mock salsa celebration and on the Giants with 8:24 remaining, flooding the aisles and tunnels Sunday afternoon as they silently streamed out.

They were tired of watching. Tired of booing. They had seen enough when Jackson's fourth-quarter touchdown reception put away the game, having witnessed the Giants completely and irrevocably unravel in a 36-21 defeat to their bitter NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The season is all but over after five games and five losses. And Justin Tuck said it could end with "the worst season ever in Giants history."

"We deserved to get booed," he said.

The Giants fell to 0-5 for the first time since the strike year of 1987, and before that, 1979. No NFL team has made the playoffs after such a start.

Yet somehow they remain only two games behind in the division.

The crowd of 80,738 watched Eli Manning toss three fourth- quarter interceptions. Brandon Jacobs fumbled without being touched.

And the Giants' defense yielded 30 or more points for the fifth straight game, 20 of which came after Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles (16-of-25, 197 yards, two touchdowns) entered late in the first half. He replaced Michael Vick, who departed with a hamstring injury.

"We need to pick it up, get our head out of our [backside] and pick it up," Antrel Rolle said.

The blame squarely centered on Manning. A red-faced Tom Coughlin was as critical of his quarterback as he's ever been.

"It all comes down to the interceptions," he said. "Two of them were just ... almost unbelievable."

Manning (24-of-52, 334 yards, two touchdowns) increased his NFL- leading interception total to 12. He admitted he's trying too hard and making poor decisions.

"I know I can't keep turning the ball over," Manning said.

Left unsaid was the utter lack of a running game (53 yards, a sickly 3. …

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