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Giants Grades and Extra Points: Poor grades all around in loss

The Giants were putrid in all aspects in their 23-0 shutout loss to the Cardinals Sunday.

Here are grades and extra points from the Christmas Eve contest.

GRADES

OFFENSE: F

Week 15 vs. Eagles: 504 yards, 29 points, four TDs, one turnover. Week 16 vs. Cardinals: 293 yards, no points, three turnovers, one fumbled returned for a TD. The line was a disaster.

DEFENSE: C-

Ross Cockrell had two interceptions and the defense kept the Giants in the game early. But corner Brandon Dixon was roasted all day, and letting an anemic Arizona offense score 16 points is embarrassing.

The Giants fell to the Cardinals 23-0 Sunday.

The Giants fell to the Cardinals 23-0 Sunday.

(Norm Hall/Getty Images)

SPECIAL TEAMS: D

At least three penalties on special teams. A missed field goal. Nearly a blocked punt. Brad Wing struggled. Hunter Sharp, in his Giants debut, looked like a more legitimate return man. But Tom Quinn’s unit is bad.

EXTRA POINTS

COACH’S CALL

Steve Spagnuolo claimed the plan was to keep the offense at the up-tempo pace that had produced a season-high 29 points in Week 16, but Mike Sullivan’s attack was way more conservative early and resulted in a shutout.

TURNING POINT

Olivier Vernon’s roughing the passer penalty keeps Cardinals’ drive alive down to Giants’ 18-yard line, leading to Drew Stanton TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald, a 10-0 Arizona lead & Cardinals’ 1st TD in 11 quarters dating to Dec. 3.

QUOTE

“They didn’t do anything. I feel like it was us. We shot ourselves in the foot, weren’t very good on third downs, weren’t taking care of the ball. It’s a recipe for disaster.” – Sterling Shepard

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