Highlights and lowlights of Giants' 7-9 seasonBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Dec. 30, 2013 5:35 PM ET
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Best Game: beating Detroit 23-20 in overtime Dec. 22, knocking the Lions out of playoff contention. The Giants won despite playing with a makeshift offensive line. Safety Will Hill's fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown tied the game and Josh Brown won it with a 45-yard field goal.
Worst Game: losing 37-14 to San Diego on Dec. 8. It knocked the Giants out of playoff contention. What was disturbing was the team was flat with an outside shot at the playoffs still in reach.
Best Play: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's leaping fourth-quarter interception and 24-yard touchdown return that sealed a 27-13 win over NFC North-champion Green Bay.
Worst Play: About six or seven Giants' special teams players missed tackles on Dexter McCluster's game-breaking, 89-yard, third-quarter punt return for a touchdown that gave Kansas City a 17-7 edge en route to a 31-7 win. It was the Giants' fourth straight loss to open the season.
Biggest Surprise: Receiver Hakeem Nicks catching 56 passes for 896 yards and not scoring a touchdown in 15 games played. Not what he wanted with his contract running out.
Biggest Disappointment: The offense. It was supposed to carry this team and didn't. Eli Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions and the running game never got going because of injuries on the line and in the backfield.
What's Next: The Giants need offensive linemen — desperately. Fail to find them and it's going to be another long year. First-round pick Justin Pugh was a good start last year.
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