Giants punter Brad Wing takes responsibility for Eagles loss

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Week 3’s divisional matchup between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles looked like it was heading into overtime.

With the score tied at 24, the Giants sent Brad Wing out to punt the ball. Wing hit a 51-yard punt earlier in the game. All the usually reliable punter had to do what was he normally does: kick the ball deep into an opponent’s territory.

This time, something went wrong. Wing punted the ball 28 yards. It was definitely the wrong time to muff a punt.

“Just miss-hit it,” Wing said despondently.

All Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had to do was hit wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey for 19 yards. Kicker Jake Elliott came out to attempt a 61-yard field goal. Elliott missed one from 52 yards. There was no way he could hit one from beyond 60 yards…right?

Wrong. Elliott nailed the kick, the longest field goal kicked since the Eagles began play at Lincoln Financial Field in 2003. The Giants lose a heartbreaker 27-24, dropping them to 0-3 with two losses to divisional opponents.

“It doesn’t take a football genius to realize how big that play was,” Wing said. “It’s tough. It’s the second week in a row I feel like I’m responsible for the loss. It sucks, but on the other side I think we’re a pretty good team if I get my s**t together.”

There is much responsibility to be shared in the Giants’ third consecutive loss. The lack of a running game, costly penalties, and some questionable coaching all had a hand in it. Throw in the front office’s failure to address the weakest part of the team, there’s plenty of blame that goes beyond that muffed punt.

It is refreshing to see someone take responsibility without throwing anyone under the bus or refusing to acknowledge their own foibles helped ruin the team’s chances at a win. It shouldn’t have come down to Wing’s punt. The Giants should have had the game wrapped up long before and didn’t close the deal.

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