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Giants’ playoff outlook is dire after Thanksgiving loss to Cowboys

Ralph Vacchiano

NFC East Reporter

Brian Daboll has told his team all season long to drag their opponents into the deep end to see if they can swim. The Giants have won a lot of games in the fourth quarter doing exactly that.

But here they are, headed towards the deep end of their season, and suddenly they’re the ones drowning.

Maybe that’s why the rookie head coach seemed so furious both during and after the Giants’ 28-20 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving. This Giants team has fought as hard as it could, with surprising results, all season long — just like they did when they took a halftime lead on Thursday.

But lately, when it matters most, nothing is going their way.

They are making key mistakes on the field. They can’t run the football anymore. Saquon Barkley isn’t carrying them the way he was early in the season. And the injuries are piling up so high they were forced into this game without three starting offensive linemen, two starting cornerbacks, a starting tight end, a starting safety and a rag-tag receiving corps that has been a mess all season.

No wonder Daboll was slamming his headset and screaming at officials on the sidelines. No wonder that in his post-game press conference, his answers were short and tense.

“I think it is a tough loss, it’s a divisional game and a game we didn’t play our best,” said Giants quarterback Daniel Jones when asked about his coach’s dour disposition. “It’s always disappointing. We didn’t do what we need to do to win the game.

“It’s frustrating for all of us.”

There’s no doubt the frustration is starting to show for this upstart team, and the timing couldn’t possibly be worse. At 7-4, they’re now closer to last place than first in the NFC East, and their cushion in the playoff race is dramatically shrinking. They are staring at a very dangerous final six games, that include two games against the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles, two against a Washington Commanders team that has won five of six and a game against…


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