Too Little Too Late: The NFL Champion New York Giants clobbered the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7 earlier today at MetLife Stadium. However, despite the victory, the Giants were knocked out of the playoffs when the Bears narrowly defeated the Lions 26-24 a few minutes later.
The Giants finished the season 9-7 overall and 3-3 in the NFC East.
As for the game against the Eagles, the Giants basically ended the game by halftime by scoring five touchdowns on their six first-half possessions:
- After an interception and 48-yard return by S Stevie Brown, the Giants drove 26 yards in four plays with QB Eli Manning throwing to WR Rueben Randle for a 3-yard touchdown.
- After a punt by the Eagles, the Giants drove 74 yards in five plays with Manning hitting Randle again for the score, this time from 38 yards out.
- After another punt by the Eagles, the Giants drove 75 yards in six plays with Manning throwing to HB David Wilson for a 15-yard score.
- After an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive by the Eagles, the Giants drove 73 yards in 10 plays with HB Ahmad Bradshaw scoring from one yard out.
- After a missed 28-yard field goal by the Eagles, the Giants picked up two first downs and then punted.
- After a the Eagles failed to convert a 4th-and-5 at midfield with 17 seconds left before half, the Giants amazingly scored a touchdown two plays later when Manning hit WR Victor Cruz for a 24-yard score with four seconds left on the clock.
At the half, the Giants led 35-7.
Each team only had the ball three times in the second half. The Eagles punted twice and turned the ball over on downs once. The Giants punted once; scored another touchdown on a 14-play, 88-yard drive; and ran out the clock on their final possession. On the touchdown drive, Manning threw to FB Henry Hynoski for a 1-yard touchdown.
Offensively, the Giants gained nearly 400 yards and accrued 32 first downs (the 32 first downs are the third-highest total in franchise history). Manning finished the game 13-of-21 for 208 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes. The leading receivers were Randle (four catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns) and Cruz (four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown). Bradshaw rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Wilson chipped in with 75 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 15-yard reception.
Defensively, the Eagles were held to one scoring drive on 10 possessions. The Giants shutout an opponent in the second half for the third time this season. Brown intercepted one pass and DE Justin Tuck had the Giants’ lone sack although the Giants got good pressure much of the game.
Highlights of the game are available at NFL.com.
Injury Report: CB Corey Webster suffered what appeared to be an injury to his left knee or lower leg and left the game. No word on the severity of the injury.
Post-Game Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of the following player media Q&As after the game are available at Giants.com:
- QB Eli Manning (Video)
- HB Ahmad Bradshaw (Video)
- HB David Wilson (Video)
- WR Victor Cruz (Video)
- WR Rueben Randle (Video)
- OG Chris Snee (Video)
- DE Justin Tuck (Video)
- DE Osi Umenyiora (Video)
- LB Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
- S Antrel Rolle (Video)
Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were HB Ryan Torain, WR Ramses Barden, TE Adrien Robinson, DE Adewale Ojomo, DT Chris Canty (knee), CB Jayron Hosley (quadriceps), and S Tyler Sash.
The Giants have missed the playoffs three of the last four seasons.
The Giants finished with a winning record for the third consecutive season, the first time they’ve done that since 1988-90
The Giants finished 6-2 at home, their best home record since they were 7-1 in 2008.
The Giants scored 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history. The 1963 Giants scored 448.
The Giants were 9-0 this season when they scored at least 21 points, 0-7 when they did not.
QB Eli Manning’s five touchdown passes increased his career total to 211 and moved him past Randall Cunningham, Kurt Warner, Kerry Collins, and Jim Hart and into 26th place on the NFL’s career list.
Manning’s 208 yards left him with 3,948 for the season, ending his streak of consecutive 4,000-yard seasons at three.
HB Ahmad Bradshaw finished the season with 1,015 yards, the second-highest total of his career. He rushed for 1,235 yards in 2010. Bradshaw increased his career total to 4,232 yards, the sixth-highest total in Giants history.
HB David Wilson scored touchdowns rushing, receiving, and on a kickoff return this year. He is the first Giant to do that since Joe Scott in 1948.
Wilson’s 1,533 kickoff return yards are a team record.
S Stevie Brown had eight interceptions this season, the most by a Giant since defensive back Willie Williams had 10 in 1968.
PK Lawrence Tynes finished the season with 145 points, the second-highest total in Giants history. Jay Feely scored 148 points in 2005.
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