New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning should have had fan support behind him as he played the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Sunday.
Not only did he not have the support, but there were so many Eagles fans at the game that they were loud enough to cause that false start at the end. It gave the Giants a critical fourth-and-goal from eleven yards out, and they failed to convert.
“There’s not a whole lot of great 4th and Goal from the 10 plays,” Manning said, per Jimmy Kempski
of the Philly Voice. “You have more options from the 5. We had a different play called, where you get four guys in the end zone, five guys with the back, possibly. From the 10, it’s just hard to get everyone in the end zone with routes. It’s unfortunate. We had the false start. It’s a tough situation. I don’t blame [right tackle Bobby Hart, who jumped]. At home, it was just loud. The center, Brett Jones, couldn’t hear me call the cadence. You don’t think that would happen at home, but I guess when you only win two games you got a lot of Eagles fans and we couldn’t hear the cadence. That’s why we jumped offsides.”
Notably, the Giants fans weren’t able to give the same problems to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. A backup who hasn’t started more than one game since 2015, Foles replaced the injured Carson Wentz and did no less than throw for 237 yards and 4 touchdowns without an interception.