With his New York Giants trailing by 11 points without a timeout in the final minute of Monday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Eli Manning completed a pass to Rhett Ellison at the one yard-line. With the clock running, the proper play would have been to spike the ball.
If not spike it, try a pass to the end zone. Eli Manning did not do that. He elected to try a quarterback sneak and was not successful. Little did we know then, he was just getting started. Manning did the same thing on the next play and was again stuffed.
Meanwhile, the clock kept on ticking.
Eventually, Manning found Odell Beckham Jr. for a touchdown with five seconds left. The ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful. Even if it had worked, New York would have had a chance to run only one play to the end zone. If the Giants scored just 20 seconds earlier, a successful onside kick would have given them a much better chance.
Yes, the odds were dramatically against New York anyway. But that doesn’t make the mistakes any better. This wasn’t about Manning making physical errors. This was about a 37-year-old QB making the same mental mistake twice in a row. It’s hard to accept that.