Stum­bling Giants may miss play­offs

Af­ter los­ing five of seven, they need a win and help new week

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The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion New York Giants picked a ter­ri­ble time to play their worst foot­ball of the sea­son, and now they’re on the brink of miss­ing the play­offs.

A 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sun­day left New York in a des­per­ate po­si­tion head­ing into the fi­nal week of the sea­son.

“The next game, if it’s our last, what­ever hap­pens, we just want to leave with pride,” run­ning back Ah­mad Brad­shaw said.

It’s come down to that for the Giants (8-7), who fell out of a tie atop the NFC East with their fifth loss in seven games. New York was coming off a 340 de­feat at At­lanta, and this one was al­most as ugly.

“You saw the score­board,” quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning said. “It wasn’t real pretty, but that’s what can hap­pen in foot­ball.”

The Giants gave up a whop­ping 533 yards and gained just 186. Baltimore had the ball for 39 min­utes, 21 sec­onds to 20:39 for New York.

“Ob­vi­ously we have a bad for­mula go­ing on right here,” Giants coach Tom Cough­lin said. “We’re hav­ing trou­ble stop­ping peo­ple and our of­fense doesn’t hold the ball at all to give the de­fense a chance to catch their breath. We’ve had two games in a row, pretty much the ex­act same sce­nario.”

Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touch­downs for the Ravens (105), who ended a three­game los­ing streak and se­cured their sec­ond straight di­vi­sion crown.

“It feels good,” wide re­ceiver Tor­rey Smith said in the up­beat locker room. “I’m just glad we fi­nally got it done.”

The Ravens led 24-7 at half­time and cruised to the fin­ish be­hind a short- handed de­fense that sacked Man­ning three times and lim­ited him to 150 yards pass­ing.

The vic­tory also as­sured the Ravens of a home play­off game.

“We know what’s at stake. We want the AFC cham­pi­onship and it starts tonight,” safety James Ihedigbo said. “Play­offs started for us. We’re not look­ing at reg­u­lar sea­son. Play­offs started for us and we’re go­ing to keep on play­ing.”

Flacco com­pleted 25of-36 passes, ran for a score and did not throw an in­ter­cep­tion or lose a fum­ble.

New York will need a win over Philadel­phia next week and help from other teams to squeeze into the post­sea­son

Said Man­ning: “We knew we had to play our best foot­ball at the end of the sea­son to get into the play­offs and we haven’t done that. When you’re not play­ing your best, teams can come out and em­bar­rass you.”

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