The game plan was working brilliantly on offense. Limiting Mannings touches by dominating TOP. Only the defense couldn't back a conservative offense in part because they were essentially handcuffed. Players make mistakes. The Gaffney whiff was no worse than some of Randy's earlier this season. Thomas likely didn't know the play was over on his late hit penalty. This one is on Bill, square. Particularly poor game management. Took the legs out from under the offense on 4th and less than a yard - they converted on a play he negated with a needless TO. That play all by itself almost guarantees a 1 point lead down the stretch. Much like those coaches we knock here for icing the kicker only to negate a miss and end up with one right down the pipe on the second try. Third quarter 3rd down conversion Manning had several seconds to find a receiver and we had a perfect shot at blitzing him into the field turf and just said no... The good news/bad news is they should have won if they hadn't uncharacteristically beat themselves, and the HC even more uncharacteristically had a hand in that.