Similar to their problems against Scotland during the previous round of fixtures, England were outgunned at the breakdown as Les Bleus prevailed 22-16 in Paris, a result which ensured Ireland sealed their first Six Nations title since 2015.
Maxime Machenaud converted four penalties and replacement flyhalf Lionel Beauxis added another for the French, who were awarded a penalty try to break a 9-9 deadlock in the 49th minute.
Ireland's Sean Cronin, top, celebrates scoring a try against Scotland during the Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday March 10, 2018.
Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward says it would be "poor and unacceptable" if Eddie Jones' team finished the Six Nations tournament with a third successive defeat.
"At the breakdown, we had trouble".
"It's a learning period for us", Jones told BBC Sport. "I don't think we should get too carried away or too melodramatic about where we are".
"We are not adapting to the referee's interpretation at the ruck as well as we should".
Jones acknowledged that England, ranked second in the world, are still a team in development. "The contest has increased enormously, and we are failing to deal with that at the moment".
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"If the game loves us today then we might win the game, but we don't get bounce of ball, we don't get that 50/50 decision and we are in the losers' chair and it is not a very happy place". We gave away 16 penalties, which is far too many, and when we got momentum we didn't convert it to points. "That's what it's going to take to win everything next week".
Bonus points are designed to encourage teams to play attacking rugby and score tries as well as create a desire for teams to chase a game even if they are behind and go in search of that seven-point losing margin.
"We created a lot of opportunities and we're disappointed not to take them and put Ireland under more pressure".
Having prevented England from securing the Grand Slam on the last day of the 2017 championship, Ireland are hoping they do not suffer the same misfortune at Twickenham next weekend.
"The Six Nations is an unforgiving arena and they now face a rampant Ireland, gunning for the Grand Slam on St Patrick's Day at Twickenham".
And putting a blot on Ireland's copybook is not on George's mind.
"Against both Ireland (lost 15-13 in the last minute) and England, we've shown we can go up against them and we will continue to do so".
Doubt hovered over the outcome when England produced their best attacking play that ended when Daly and May combined for the latter to touch down late on, before launching one final assault that fell agonisingly short.