Aussie NFL punter Brad Wing, displaying broad shoulders, lamented his punting performance in the recent Wild Card round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, calling it his “Worst game as a Giant.”
He did get off some true clunkers, but there was plenty of blame to go around when Wing’s side surrendered 38 points to the Packers whilst managing on 13 of their own.
Particularly egregious was a defensive brain freeze at the end of the first half when the Giants, who knew, as did everyone in the stadium, everyone watching the match on television and everyone in the history of civilisation, that Aaron Rodgers was going to heave a Hail Mary to the end zone, yet the prayer came down completely uncontested in the hands of wide receiver Randall Cobb.
The Giants could have easily avoided any chagrin on the part of Wing by simply playing competently in the other aspects of the game, especially the aspects involving scoring points and preventing the other team from scoring.
To blame the lopsided loss on a punter or a placekicker is so far beyond the pale as to be incomprehensible, and no one is truly blaming Wing, as the Giants’ dismal performance was a total team effort.