Andy Robinson's job as England head coach was on the line after Argentina recorded a famous 25-18 victory at Twickenham.
The final whistle was greeted with sustained booing after Argentinian replacement Federico Todeschini had scored 22 points, including his nation's first try at rugby HQ, as England slumped to their seventh successive defeat.
It equalled the worst run in England's history and there was a mood of resignation and embarrassment among the disappointed crowd of 74,027 on a raw afternoon at a lifeless Twickenham.
Robinson has won eight and lost 12 of his 20 internationals since taking charge two years ago and, with the World Cup less than 12 months away, his future must be in serious doubt.
His side lacked confidence and organisation against a spirited Argentinian team, who twirled their jerseys around their heads and hugged each other in euphoric celebration after recording their first victory at Twickenham.
Fans thought England had hit rock bottom with a record home defeat against New Zealand last weekend.
But this was worse, much worse, an error-strewn, inept performance by England which only demonstrated how far they have fallen since lifting the Webb Ellis trophy back in 2003.
True, Argentina are no mugs. Their players may be dotted around Europe and their game back home still amateur but they had won their last four matches against France.
Their forwards are tough, destructive scrummagers, adept at slowing down the ball. Their backs are inventive runners.
As it was England fly-half Charlie Hodgson had the scoreboard ticking as early as the fourth minute with a penalty which took him past 250 points for his country.
But anyone who thought that would be the start of an England points cruise was mistaken.