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When I put out these blogs, I usually don’t write about losses.  But for this week’s game, I felt this one to be appropriate.  The Giants head into this matchup in DUVAL as 3 point underdogs. Many Giants fans feel this to be disrespectful, well I don’t.  The Giants are 5-1, and there is no one happier about that then me.  With that being said, it’s important to not let our record get into our heads, and it’s even more important to not underestimate any opponent.  Let’s dive into the Giants and Jags 2014 matchup.

The Giants headed into this matchup with Jacksonville posting a 3-8 record, losing 6 straight, and as 2.5-3 point favorites depending on where you got your odds.  The Jaguars, meanwhile, were 1-9.  Seems like it should have been a cakewalk for the G-Men right?  Well, through the first 2 quarters, it was.  The Giants went into halftime with a 21-3 lead, off of an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Preston Parker and 2 rushing scores from Rashad Jennings.  Then everything fell apart.  The Giants opened the second half with an Eli Manning fumble that was recovered by future Giant JT Thomas in the end zone to bring the score to 21-10.  Later in the quarter, Jags QB Blake Bortles would hit Marquise Lee for a 30-yard touchdown to bring the score to 21-16 after a failed 2-point conversion.  Even after a disastrous 3rd quarter for the Giants, they had a chance to seal it in the 4th.  Instead, they got a Larry Donnell fumble (off that weird thing he did where he would always fall on his head), that led to a 41-yard fumble return by Jags cornerback Aaron Colvin. This would give the Jags a 22-21 lead. The Giants would then need a classic Eli Manning 4thquarter drive to seal a victory.  Well, they got points, but only a field goal after the Giants failed to get in the end zone.  This left the Jags 3:26 left to surpass the Giants 24-22 lead.  They did just that, as Josh Scobee would hit a 43-yard field goal to give the Jags a 25-24 victory that would top off the Giants collapse.

The Giants head into Jacksonville in a very different place then they were in 2014, but this time as underdogs.  The Giants may be 5-1, and they deserve it, but let’s not let that record get to our head.  More importantly, let’s not underestimate a talented Jacksonville Jaguars team.  As this game showed, anybody can beat anybody on any given Sunday.

Enough talk about this heartbreaker though, let’s go and get the Giants first ever victory in Jacksonville.

(Photo: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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