The curtain went up on the Giants' 2011 season and they did not perform to the standards they expected of themselves.
They wasted two leads, were shutout in the second half, converted only one third-down opportunity, made costly mistakes in all three phases and, most importantly, lost to the Washington Redskins in FedExField, 28-14, their first opening-day defeat since 2007.
GAME RECAP: Giants lose opener to Redskins, 28-14
Postgame QuotesCoach Coughlin: *Up until halftime it was a very, very good and competitive football game. To start the second half off with an interception and touchdown…that's a tough way to start the second half. We were battling even then, to be in a position to kick the field goal and have the field goal blocked – which were contributing factors there as well – that was extremely disappointing and that very well may have changed the complexion of the game completely there. The penalty in the drive, which, there's no one touching the receiver – he can get up and run and he can do whatever he wants – then in comes a defender flying and, I guess, they called helmet-to-helmet. That's a very difficult call for me, but the penalty contributed to that. I did not like the end of our game offensively at all. We didn't move, we looked disorganized, we took a delay-of-game [penalty] again – that was totally unacceptable there. It's our first game, I liked their effort. I had no problem with that at all. But the execution, particularly the offensive execution, and the ability to defend the pass off of play action was disappointing. *FULL TRANSCRIPT