The New York Giants clutched defeat from the jaws of victory on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, and have only exacerbated things in the aftermath.
With Giants running back Rashad Jennings having revealed Eli Manning told him not to score a touchdown late on in the game (Manning believing Dallas had no timeouts left), the media have been quick to criticize the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
In an effort to rescue the situation, Jennings, speaking in an editorial piece in the New York Post, has now issued a public apology to Manning.
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"First of all, let me say that I want to apologize from my heart for the negative light that I unintentionally cast my quarterback and friend Eli Manning in," began the veteran RB's piece, which can be read in full here.
"I also assure that I had no ill will at all in stating what I did. Yet, I admit in retrospect that I should not have shared that information with the world. I chose to do so, and for that choice, I am truly sorry."
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Eli Manning has taken severe heat from the New York media since the botched call revelation has come to light, but Jennings noted that the quarterback was quick to accept his personal apology when contacted soon after the headlines emerged.
"As soon as I got word of the headlines, I called Eli, and before I could even begin to apologize, he basically expressed his understanding," explained Jennings.
"Being the humble guy that he is, he wanted us to put this fiasco behind us with no hard feelings so that we could focus on the Falcons."
Manning's error contributed to the Giants losing at the death to divisional rivals the Dallas Cowboys.
Had Jennings barrelled over the line for a touchdown, rather than being told to stop short, New York would have been up by 10 points with two minutes to go - a scoreline that would have virtually secured victory.
Jennings, though, is hoping that the focus can now shift to the Giants' week two game against the Atlanta Falcons:
"We have Atlanta this week. What is most important is now ahead of us, and we cannot wait to get back to work."
Giants fans: Do you blame Eli for the defeat, and is Jennings right to apologize? Have your say in the comments below...
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