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Manning distraught after frustrating day

The Giants' QB had impressive passing statistics, but the final result was a disaster

Updated: September 27, 2010, 4:02 AM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If you want an idea of how Eli Manning's day went, all you have to do is look at the way the Giants' first three offensive series ended. A pass for Hakeem Nicks was tipped and intercepted, a quirky left-handed pass two yards outside of the end zone was picked off by Titans cornerback Jason McCourty, and, finally, a field goal attempt was no good.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounEli Manning and the Giants' offense accumulated a lot of yards, but very few points.

Manning is not always a very expressive quarterback, but even he appeared perplexed by all the creative ways the Giants found to lose 29-10 to the Titans at the new Meadowlands stadium.

"We did everything we could possibly do to lose this game and that's the sad part," Manning said.

The Giants had three times more passing yards than the Titans, 363 to 110, with Mario Manningham (six catches for 78 yards), Kevin Boss (three for 88) and Steve Smith (eight for 102) each gaining more than 75 yards.

"I thought we dominated them statistically, but statistics don't always win games," Boss said. "It is so frustrating with the outcome the way it is. I thought [the] defense played good. Offensively we consistently hurt ourselves. I thought we were unlucky there a few times, but of course, you make your own luck. Offensively we couldn't be stopped. We just stopped ourselves."

Three turnovers were extremely costly, the offense gave up a safety when running back Ahmad Bradshaw was called for a chop block in the end zone and the Giants lost 86 yards on 11 penalties.

"If you're going to screw up so many things, [the good stuff] gets cancelled out," Manning said.

Manning was at a loss to explain why the Giants had so many issues offensively. He said he didn't think the very public complaints of running back Brandon Jacobs and safety Antrel Rolle earlier in the week had been the root of, or were even a symptom of, a larger problem.

"Whatever happens we got to keep it in house, we got to keep it among the players," Manning said. "We can't afford to have distractions, we've got to worry about football."

Manning was at a loss to explain the decision to send Boss an end zone pass with his left hand, instead of his dominant right.

"I'm not very good at throwing left-handed and it's a bad decision on my part," Manning said. "I see him open, it's one of those things, you see somebody open [and] you want to try to make a play and I just couldn't."

You wouldn't know it from his demeanor, but Manning actually had a career-best completion percentage on Sunday, connecting on 34 of his 48 pass attempts. And the 386 yards passing is the second-highest total he's ever had in a single game.

Not that any of that made a difference when the red zone turned into a house of horrors for the Giants.

"We did a lot of good things and got down there a number of times and made some good plays and then just had mistakes," Manning said. "Either mental mistakes or guys doing the wrong thing -- a lot of the plays they made were just bad football on our part, mistakes that we were making."

Jane McManus is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow her on Twitter.

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Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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