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Key errors cost Giants from getting first “W” of 2017

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Three Giants writers give their take on the team following Sunday’s loss:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – In his nine NFL seasons, Jonathan Casillas has learned some hard lessons. At the top of the list is that winning an NFL game isn’t easy.

That point was driven home to the Giants’ linebacker and defensive captain again yesterday, when two fourth-quarter leads evaporated and his team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-24, in Lincoln Financial Field. Rookie kicker Jake Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal as time expired to give Philly the victory. The defeat dropped the Giants to 0-3.

“When I first got in the league, a long time ago, they always say the first one’s a hard one,” Casillas said after the game. “Sometimes it comes Week 1. Sometimes it don’t come for a while. I was on the team when it didn’t come until Week 8, and you know that’s really tough (actually, his 2013 Buccaneers started 0-8). Of course, we don’t want to get there. We’re approaching Week 4 (and a game at Tampa Bay) right now, and we’re hoping to get a W this week. And we got to put everything, all eggs in one basket, focus on the details and try to get that win.”

To get it, they will almost certainly have to play better than they did in the final minute yesterday, when breakdowns by the offense, defense and special teams enabled the Elliott to kick both the tying and game-winning field goals in the final 51 seconds.

“We haven’t played a complete football game and clean football in all three phases, and we really haven’t earned a win yet,” coach Ben McAdoo said today on a conference call. “It’s all correctable and we need to stay positive, but realistic and understand that we need to learn from these first three games and find a better way to play team football.”

The Giants have several positive developments to build on. Their 24 points – all of them put up in the fourth quarter – were 11 more than they had in the first two games combined. Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes in 5:27, enabling them to go from a 14-0 deficit to 21-14 lead. Manning threw for 366 yards and wasn’t sacked. Odell Beckham, Jr. (two touchdowns), Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard (a 77-yard catch-and-run score) combined for 24 catches and 278 yards. A quick release helped Manning

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