SAN DIEGO -- The New York Giants got themselves in big trouble with an 0-6 start, and then began to climb out of the hole by winning five of six.
Coach Tom Coughlin even felt the Giants were regaining some respectability.
That is until they got off to a terrible start and went on to a 37-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and were eliminated from the playoff picture.
"We had played pretty well five or six weeks in a row and then we came in there today and the first half was just a very, very poor performance," Coughlin said.
Philip Rivers found rookie Keenan Allen for two of his three touchdown passes as the Chargers (6-7) stayed alive in the playoff picture. They won for just the second time in six games.
Eli Manning dropped to 0-3 against San Diego since 2004, when the Chargers took him with the No. 1 overall draft pick and then sent him a short time later to the Giants for Rivers and a handful of draft picks.
Manning was picked off twice, the first time when Donald Butler came up with a deflected pass midway through the first quarter. Three plays later, Allen got open for a 43-yard play that he completed by lunging for the pylon for the score.
Manning was booed all day.
"Fans never affected my play and I just try to go out there and just try to play good football," Manning said.
Asked if the fans affected Manning, Coughlin said: "I don't think so at all. I think their team affected us."
Said Rivers: "I think it is funny after 10 years. I don't have the same feeling toward him. After 10 years you think they would let up. I just hope that they are glad that I'm here," (see full story).
Redskins smacked; Shanahan on thin ice?
LANDOVER, Md. -- Mike Shanahan had the look of a beaten man, one who might be counting down his final days with the Washington Redskins.
The strain was showing from Sunday's 45-10 thumping by the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as the constant swirl of questions about his status. There was even a report before the game that he was close to quitting last year because of his relationships with owner Dan Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Shanahan generally tries to quash such stories. He didn't bother this time.
"It's not the right time or place to talk about my relationship with Dan Snyder, or it's not the right time and place to talk about something that happened a year ago," Shanahan said. "I'll get a chance to talk to Dan at the end of the season, and I'll give some viewpoints from me, and I'm sure he'll give me his thoughts and what direction we'll go."
Shanahan is 24-37 since coming to Washington in 2010, on pace for a third last-place finish in four seasons with one year to go on his contract. He increasingly looks like the odd man out in the triangle of owner, coach and influential franchise player.
Sunday's game will do nothing to help him. The Redskins (3-10) lost their fifth in a row and were thoroughly embarrassed. That was no thin line separating winning and losing. It was a chasm.
"I take full responsibility for this game today," Shanahan said. "I didn't have the players ready to play," (see full story).