Giants Lose Game, Shockey, Playoff Hopes?

Redskins prevail 22-10 to put NY postseason plans in peril
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2007 3:41 AM CST
An injured New York Giants' tight end Jeremy Shockey, left, is taken off the field during third quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 at Giants Stadium...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a gusty, freezing, mostly empty Giants Stadium last night, Eli Manning threw 34 incomplete passes and the Washington Redskins held on to win, 22-10. A win could have locked up a postseason slot for the Giants, but the loss brings more questions than it answers, writes the New York Times.

Why did Manning keep throwing, with both the wind and the numb hands of his receivers working against him? What will the Giants do to compensate for the loss of tight end Jeremy Shockey, who cracked his fibula in the third quarter? Does coach Tom Coughlin still have job security? And, of course, can the Giants map out a new path to the wild-card berth?