Eli Manning throws late interception to seal Giants' latest loss
Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. But Eli Manning is not helping much as the New York Giants fall to 0-6.
The New York Giants were moving the ball, driving for the potential winning score when Eli Manning got picked off one final time.Skip to next paragraph
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And the Giants' losing streak continues.
Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall, and Tim Jennings had two of the Chicago Bears' three interceptions against Manning in a 27-21 victory over the winless Giants on Thursday night.
The Bears (4-2) snapped a two-game slide following a 3-0 start. New York is 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped its first nine, a stunning turn for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago.
"I feel like our guys are fighting hard and guys are doing their parts and I have to start doing mine," Manning said.
As much as he tried to pin this loss on himself, defensive end Justin Tuck wouldn't let him.
"Absolutely not," he said. "It just tells what kind of stand-up guy he is and what kind of leader he is. He is in a rut right now and so is this team.
"I think all of us have to look at ourselves and look at our performance and figure out where we can do more and where we can do better because we have a lot more in us than what we're showing right now."
Right now, they're not showing much.
The Giants came in hoping that they could claw their way back into the NFC East race because every team in the division has a losing record. It's hard to see that happening, the way they're playing.
"We're all sick of it," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position. There is only one way to get out of it."
Cutler and Marshall were in tune early on, connecting for two touchdowns, and Jennings returned an interception 48 yards for a score as Chicago built a 24-14 halftime lead.
The Bears were up by 13 when New York's Brandon Jacobs ran it in from the 1 in the closing seconds of the third after Jennings got called for interference against Hakeem Nicks near the goal line.
That cut it to 27-21, but Jennings made up for it in a big way when he picked off an overthrown pass by Manning intended for tight end Brandon Myers at the 10 with 1:54 left in the game.
Cutler was 24 of 36 for 262 yards after throwing for 358 against New Orleans last week.
Marshall played a huge role in this one after talking about a lack of catches against the Saints, finishing with nine receptions for 87 yards.
Martellus Bennett had 68 yards on six catches against his former team, while Alshon Jeffery had just one reception after going off for a franchise-record 218 yards in the previous game.
"We won the game, but we kind of leave a little bit unsatisfied because I think offensively we could have exploded for a little bit more," Cutler said.