The Giants fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and gave up 346 passing yards to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. After throwing 27 interceptions last season, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw two to open the season Monday night.
It was the Giants' fourth straight season-opening loss, and Coughlin said the team will need to make quick improvements.
“It was a nightmare performance,” Tom Coughlin said. “I don’t think there’s anybody in that locker room that doesn’t realize the bubble’s been burst. There’s a lot of things that have to be improved upon, and it has to be pretty quick.”
Coughlin was not alone in his criticism of the team. Safety Antrel Rolle said the game was "disgusting."
“We didn’t have enough fight,” added Rolle. “We didn’t lay down, but we didn’t have enough fight.”
The Giants host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Week 2.
- Paul Palladino