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Giants fail to respond to Coughlin's plea to step up and make plays against Colts

  • New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, left, greets with Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano after an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts won 40-24. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, left, greets with Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano after an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts won 40-24. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) talk after an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts won 40-24. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) talk after an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts won 40-24. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and Reggie Wayne (87) react during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts won 40-24. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and Reggie Wayne (87) react during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts won 40-24. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

There was a sense of frustration in Tom Coughlin's voice speaking about the New York Giants' third straight loss.

The 68-year-old coach had asked his team to step up with the season approaching crisis level, and it didn't.

The offense had another no-show effort until the game was out of reach. The defense played well for a half, before being riddled by Andrew Luck in a 40-24 loss on Monday night.

The great effort that was needed to beat a very good team never emerged. The Giants (3-5) are reeling again and the prospects for rebounding are not promising with them heading to Seattle for a game in hostile confines against the Super Bowl champion Seahawks (5-3).

A third straight season out of the playoffs is a distinct possibility.

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