Giants defense poor in final two minutes

Maybe Eli Manning should take some more time off the clock when he scores.

Although the defense got bailed out by Jason Pierre-Paul blocking the game-tying field goal on Sunday night, the Giants defense continued its subpar play in the final two minutes of the halves on Sunday by allowing Dallas to march down the field twice.

For the season, the Giants have given up 71 points in the final two minutes of the halves, the most in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Giants gave up three points in such situations to Dallas.

"Just finish the game," Giants safety Kenny Phillips said. "That's all you have to do. Just finish. That's basically our motto coming into the year, we want to finish ball games and it's a simple fix, just communication and getting the job done, that's all it is."

The Giants have allowed the opposition to score in the final two minutes of each half 12 out of 26 times this season. In the last three games, the Giants have allowed points in the final two minutes in five of the six halves, with the blocked field goal preventing opposing teams from being a perfect 6-for-6.

The Giants have been worse defending opponents in the final two minutes of the first half as they have allowed 47 points this season, compared to just 24 in the final two minutes of the game.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell does not believe it's an issue of his players relaxing in the final two minutes of the halves.

"Again, offenses are good. They're very sharp. They're good," Fewell said. "We're trying to keep them out. Sometimes the problems are technique problems. So we have to go back and correct the technique problems. There's not a lot of mental errors but sometimes it's just technique errors and that's the thing you want to correct in football the most, is the technique errors."

The poor defense to end the halves cost the Giants against Green Bay and nearly came back to bite them against Dallas. If the Giants don't clean up their mistakes in that area, it might make Manning's late-game heroics go for naught---like it did against Green Bay.

"We obviously need to do better," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.