Clunker is proof Giants’ offense might not be fixed after all

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At least that is obvious after watching them stumble their way through Sunday’s 17-0 loss in the steady rain to the Tennessee Titans. It was the second time the Giants were shut out in the span of less than a year. They were also blanked last December in Arizona.

It was the seventh time Manning was shut out as a starting quarterback, tying him with his father Archie for fifth-most all-time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“Didn’t do anything well enough to expect to win,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Didn’t make plays. Didn’t run the ball. Didn’t stay on the field on offense. We had penalties. So, we didn’t play well enough there. … If you don’t get in the end zone, you can’t win.”

In this flop, the Giants (5-9) dropped passes, committed penalties and Manning contributed both a costly interception deep in Tennessee territory and an awful fumble deep in his own territory. It was reminiscent of the struggles from earlier this season that contributed greatly to their 1-7 start.7

The ugly performance ended any Giants dream of reaching the postseason. The Giants held the slimmest playoff hopes entering Sunday’s game, less than 1 percent, according to ESPN analytics. They were officially eliminated from contention with their loss combined with a Minnesota Vikings win against the Miami Dolphins.

“Yeah. Obviously, it hurts. You want to try and make the playoffs, and obviously we didn’t play well enough earlier in the year to put ourselves in good position,” Manning said. “We knew we still had a chance, if we won out, and obviously didn’t play well enough [Sunday], to do that.”

It was a total offensive collapse against the Titans (8-6). In recent weeks the Giants had leaned on running back Saquon Barkley and admittedly ran the offense through him. When that didn’t work on Sunday with the Titans keyed on the rookie, it all broke down completely. Barkley had 31 yards on 14 carries, including minus-8 in the first quarter. The Giants finished with 260 total yards, with more than a quarter of them coming on their final drive.