EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ --**The play was there. They just didn't execute it.
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That's what the Giants' final offensive snap boiled down to last night in Chicago.
Trailing by six with five minutes to play, Eli Manning marched the Giants from their own 11-yard line down to the opposing 35. A touchdown and the extra point would have put them in position for their first win of the season.
However, on the ninth play of the drive, Manning threw a pass just off tight end Brandon Myers' fingertips and was topped into the gut of Bears cornerback Tim Jennings. The quarterback's third interception allowed Chicago to run out the clock from there for a 27-21 win at Soldier Field.
High? Yes. Catchable? He's done it before.
"He's made that play hundreds of times," Myers said Friday about his quarterback. "And I've made the same play hundreds of times. It's just one of those things that was unfortunate. It was at the end of the game where we'd battled all game. Some things hadn't gone our way, but for us to fight back and be in that position and then for something like that to happen, it was unfortunate."
On a night that began with two turnovers for the offense, the Giants eventually settled in and worked their way back into the game with a balanced attack.
It was their most complete game of the season, which added another level of frustration to the 0-6 start.
"It's just one of those things," Myers said. "It could have been better all around. I could have – you get your hands on it, you make the play. It's unfortunate. We were down there in the scoring zone, and we didn't come away with any points."
While the Giants sustained three scoring drives of 80 yards or longer to work their way back into the game, Myers was targeted just once all night.
That came on the interception.
"That has nothing to do with it," he said. "As a player, you've just got to stay ready for when your number is called. It was called, and we didn't capitalize on it."