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Playoff road map for 0-2 New York Giants: Stop blowing leads

Sep 13, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is hit after he throws a pass in the second quarter by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 13, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is hit after he throws a pass in the second quarter by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Blowing two double-digit leads has compounded the agony for the New York Giants in an 0-2 start. The 2007 Giants managed to win a Super Bowl despite posting the same record, but this year's club must correct at least two flaws to even hope for that kind of championship run.

*Find a killer instinct: Questionable play-calling and poor clock management by quarterback Eli Manning doomed the Giants in Week One against Dallas. A three-and-out late in the fourth quarter last Sunday against Atlanta gave the Falcons a comeback opportunity. Such failings are putting too much strain on an already overmatched defense.

*Shore a leaky pass defense: The Giants have surrendered an NFL-high average of 351 yards through the first two games. Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones brutalized the Giants secondary with a career-high 13 receptions. No one can be sure whether injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) can return at some point to boost a tepid pass rush.

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