Patriots Lose Second Straight in Loss to NY Giants: A Fan’s Reaction

Should it be a concern the New England Patriots have lost two games in a row?

On Sunday, November 6 the New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants by the score of 24-20. New York improves to 6-2 on the season while New England falls to 5-3.

The game was as boring as could be going into halftime with a 0-0 tie. At the very least Steve Weatherford(notes) of the Giants and Zoltan Mesko(notes) of the Patriots kept themselves very busy at the end of each drive.

To be honest, before halftime I was strongly considering going to the deli to get myself a sandwich and do some research on who I think will be the next manager for the Boston Red Sox. I would revisit the game sometime in the middle of the fourth quarter. Chances were high that I wouldn't miss much with the way the first half was played. I'm glad I didn't

Finally, with 10:09 remaining in the third quarter, points went on the board. Unfortunately it was a Giants field goal by Lawrence Tynes(notes). New York was up 3-0.

Less than a minute later, the Giants went up 10-0 on a 10-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs(notes) after Tom Brady(notes) fumbled and lost the football deep in Patriots territory.

By that point I was seriously regretting not getting that sandwich.

With 5:29 remaining in the third quarter, New England finally got on the board with a 32-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski(notes).

Just 0:32 into the fourth quarter, Brady found Aaron Hernandez(notes) leading to their first touchdown of the game. The score was tied 10-10. The game was starting to get interesting. With 7:08 remaining, New England added a field goal to go up on top 13-10.

It was promising for a game that had already seen too many turnovers. Defense was looking better than last week, but still not spectacular.

With 3:03 remaining in the game, Eli Manning(notes) completed a 10-yard pass to Mario Manningham(notes) for a touchdown. After the extra point by Tynes, the Giants regained the lead going up 17-13.

Less than a minute and a half later, Brady found Rob Gronkowski(notes) for a 14-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was made and the Patriots were up 20-17. All Patriots defense would need to do is hold them.

It didn't happen.

With Just 0:15 remaining in the game, Manning completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ballard(notes). After the extra point, New York went up 24-20 and that would be the ballgame.

Turnovers and poor third down efficiency cost New England the game. Despite Brady's 340 passing yards, his two interceptions and his fumble hurt the team. The fumble alone cost the Patriots a touchdown.

New England will have to get its act together by Sunday, November 13 when they hit the road to take on the New York Jets in a division match up. The Patriots, the Jets, and the Buffalo Bills are all tied for first place in the division at 5-3. Halfway through the season they need to get back on track and take control, otherwise a playoff run will be more difficult than it should be.

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Updated Sunday, Nov 6, 2011