Roller-Coaster Giants Season Ends Sadly

Published on: 30th December, 2012

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East Rutherford — A day that started out with great hope evolved into one of even better accomplishment for the New York Giants only to devolve into the depths of sadness. It was very much, a microcosm of their 2012 season as Tom Coughlin’s up and down team did what they had to do today in dominating the Philadelphia Eagles, 42-7 to stay alive in the playoff race.

Unfortunately, as time wound down on today’s game, the Giants also found out time had wound down on their 9-7 season, as the Detroit Lions, one of three teams that had to win games today for the Giants to make the playoffs, were unable to defeat the Chicago Bears, thus ending the season for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Eli Manning did his part, connecting on a career-high five touchdown passes without any interceptions against a very porous Eagles defense. Manning hit for three of those TD’s in the first quarter alone as the Giants opened up a 28-7 lead.

The Giants win became a foregone conclusion by the third quarter as the rest of the afternoon was spent tracking the Lions-Bears game.

The Eagles shocked the Giants on the opening kickoff when they onside-kicked it, recovering the ball at the Giants 45-yard line. Reid continued to dip into his playbook on that first possession, calling for a end-around sweep on the first play, gaining nine yards.

However, The Eagles were unable to capitalize when Michael Vick, starting at quarterback in what is likely his and Reid’s last games as Eagles, overthrew Brent Celek as the ball landed into the arms of Giants safety. Steve Brown. Brown returned the pick all the down to the Eagles 20 yard line.

From there, Eli Manning took five plays to score the Giants first touchdown, a six-yard pass to rookie, Ruben Randle.

The Giants continued the deluge of touchdowns in the first quarter when they got the ball back after another Eagle possession stalled. Manning found Randle again, this time lofting a 25-yard pass down the left sideline, Randle outleaping Eagles cornerback, Asimagua at the three-yard line and rolling into the end zone to increase the Giants lead to 14-0.

The Giants weren’t finished in the opening quarter. Manning connected with running back David Wilson, coming out of the backfield, for his third touchdown pass of the quarter. Wilson ran a straight route down the right sideline, easily outrunning the poor Eagles linebacker isolated on the speedy Wilson.

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